Shana Payne and Luke Rhine
“Building Delaware’s Talent Pipeline: A Statewide Model of College-Career Readiness”
Personal Finance. Community Results. A TEDxWilmington Salon
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at the Gold Ballroom at the Hotel DuPont   MORE INFO

“In Delaware – as is the case across the country – students are discovering through college placement teststhat they are graduating high school less than fully prepared for the level of rigor necessary in college courses. Of Delaware public high school graduates entering an in-state college or university this fall, 41 percent will begin their post-secondary education behind their peers, according to the state’s 2017 College Success Report. These students will need to pass non-credit remedial classes before they can enter the college-level coursework needed for their degrees. The reality can be jarring: Acceptance to college does not guarantee readiness for college.

For Delaware, high remediation rates have also become a critical sign that students are graduating from high school ill-prepared for future careers as well. The state encourages those not planning to attend traditional, four-year universities to still be ready to succeed in college-level coursework. Many middle-skill, entry-level jobs need higher-level math and literacy skills. Delaware also promotes the need for all students to obtain some sort of certificate or degree beyond high school to compete in today’s labor market. The skills taught in remedial college courses are often the same skills students need in order to get these technical degrees and certificates.

The goal for Delaware is to see all students understand the strong connection between high school rigor, college and careers – no matter their chosen path. And for students to know that upper-level courses in high school can further prepare them for life, regardless of their current plans. Since 2013, Delaware has been on the forefront of proactively preparing all students for their choices by drawing a clear link between high school rigor and college remediation through the state’s College Success Report. This report highlights state- and district-level data and evaluates college readiness based on the course-taking patterns of Delaware high school graduates. The information in this report is additionally impactful when paired with the state’s career and technical education programs. Delaware’s strategies to reduce college remediation are designed to reach all high school students – not just those who may one day require remediation courses but also those who still need to attain college-level math and English skills – and while there is still time to steer all our students clear of college remediation altogether.”


Shana Payne, a native of Delaware, graduated from Yale University with B.A. in American Studies and Teacher Preparation. After college, Shana taught Global Studies and African American Studies in the Coatesville Area School District. She then went on to complete her M.A. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware. In 2002, Shana began as a program director at College Summit, a national nonprofit organization focused on building college-going culture in high schools. Her decade of work at College Summit took her to schools in urban and rural settings all across the country, and provided a strong foundation of best practices focusing on increasing college access, school district relationship management and scaling of best practices. READ MORE

Luke Rhine is the Director of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) and STEM workgroup at the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE). He is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of the statewide system of CTE in Delaware’s secondary and postsecondary institutions as well as STEM initiatives in grades k through 12. Luke is also responsible for developing and implementing educational policy. READ MORE

Personal Finance. Community Results :: A TEDxWilmington Salon :: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 :: Gold Ballroom at the Hotel DuPont   MORE INFO