VIDEO: State officials get a look at a new educational approach

It's back to school for state officials as Delaware shows off the new Common Core curriculum.

WDEL's Jim Hilgen reports.

Governor Markell and education secretary Mark Murphy returned to the classroom with state lawmakers and educators to get a taste of Common Core.

Markell says while there is a universal nature to Common Core curriculum it is not a national mandate.

"This is not about anybody telling any particular school, or any particular district how they ought to teach to that standard. Those decisions are left to local districts, and to local schools," says Markell.

Education secretary Murphy says Common Core Standards allow educators to handcraft lessons that will better prepare Delaware's students for the future.

"This is the path for our students to take to be ready for meaningful careers, careers on the right side of the opportunity gap, careers that are stable with upward mobility," Murphy says.

Common Core Standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Educators say those standards establish benchmarks that replace education goals that differed widely from state to state.

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