Delaware - Content Standards: World Languages

World Languages
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In 2012, Delaware adopted the Common Core State Standards. As these standards do not explicitly include World Languages, the national organization ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) created a crosswalk document that shows that the World Language Standards and the Common Core State Standards are mutually supportive.  


World language proficiency and cultural competency are crucial 21st century skills that define college, career and world-ready graduates. In Delaware, world language capacity is crucial for the state to maintain and strengthen its domestic economy. Governor Jack Markell has spoken publically about the importance of young Delawareans learning a world language, saying that Delaware graduates who enter the job market without the ability to speak a world language other than English are at a significant disadvantage. The Delaware Department of Education is committed to providing an aggressive K-12 world language education plan that prepares Delaware students with the language skills they need to compete in an ever-changing global economy at home and around the world.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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