Approximately 45% of teachers hired annually by Delaware’s School Districts graduate from out-of-state pre-service teaching programs. The State of Delaware requires the new teacher applicant to pass a performance assessment for licensure. Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia do not have a similar performance test, and thus we are losing applicants to those states. Indeed, only 16 states, including Delaware, have this performance assessment requirement prior to hiring.
So HB143 would remove this requirement. I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but my brother is a teacher, and I do know administrators constantly assess the performance of teachers, so if a teacher is not performing well, it will be noticed. So if this is needed to get Delaware the best teachers, do it.
SPONSORS: K.Williams, Sokola, Pettyjohn, Spiegelman, Yearick, Baumbach, Hensley, Jaques, Keeley, Kowalko, Matthews, Outten, Ramone, D.Short
YES VOTES – HOUSE: Everyone but Hensley, Viola, Kenton
NO VOTES – HOUSE: None (Absent: Hensley, Viola, Kenton)
YES VOTES – SENATE: Everyone but Bonini, Bushweller, Clouter.
NO VOTES – SENATE: Bonini (Absent: Bushweller, Cloutier)
HISTORY: Passed House 38-0-3. Passed Senate 18-1-2.
STATUS: Waiting on Governor to sign