House Bill 143
149th General Assembly (Present)
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AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EDUCATOR LICENSURE.
This bill removes a performance assessment requirement for new educators that is limiting Delaware schools' ability to recruit new educators from other jurisdictions that do not have this requirement. Approximately 45% of teachers hired annually by Delaware's School Districts graduate from out-of-state pre-service teaching programs as Delaware Colleges and Universities do not supply enough teachers to meet Delaware's demand. Delaware's requirement of passing a performance assessment for licensure places a burden on the recruitment process as most first year teacher out-of-state hires are recruited from states that do not have this requirement. Currently only 16 of the 50 states have a performance assessment policy in place. The largest percentage of Delaware's out-of-state new teacher hires come from PA, MD, and VA, all states that do not have a performance assessment requirement for licensure. The result for these new teachers is having to be placed on a provisional license in order to complete the performance assessment tasks as they are working to meet the heavy demands for first year teaching and transitioning to a new state. For new teachers making job selection decisions, Delaware's performance assessment requirement can be viewed as cumbersome and serve as a deterrent to possible applicants.
Takes effect upon being signed into law