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1.0 Purpose

Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122(b)(18), a Delaware secondary credential is given to persons who satisfactorily pass a secondary credential assessment approved and recognized by the Delaware Department of Education.

17 DE Reg. 724 (01/01/14)

22 DE Reg. 944 (05/01/19)


2.0 Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

Assessment” means a set of tests that evaluates high school skill levels in the content areas of English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Department means the Delaware Department of Education

Secondary Credential” means a document that verifies the successful completion of the assessment that evaluates high school level skills in the areas of English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

22 DE Reg. 944 (05/01/19)


3.0 Eligibility for a Secondary Credential Assessment

3.1 For persons 18 years of age or older, an applicant shall:

3.1.1 Be a resident of Delaware or, if a resident of another state, be currently employed in Delaware and have been so employed for a minimum of six months prior to taking the test; and

3.1.2 Certify by signature on the secondary credential assessment application form that they are not enrolled in a public or non public school program.

3.2 For a person 16 or 17 years of age an applicant shall:

3.2.1 Seek a waiver of the 18 years of age requirement by completing a written application to the Delaware Department of Education that includes showing good cause for taking the test early and designating where the test will be taken; and

3.2.2 Be a resident of the State of Delaware; and

3.2.3 Verify that they are at least 16 years of age at the time of the application for the waiver of the age requirement using a birth certificate, driver’s license, a State of Delaware Identification Card or other comparable and reliable documentation of age; and

3.2.4 Provide verification of withdrawal from the applicant’s public or non public school program; and

3.2.5 Provide a transcript from the applicant’s public or non public school program.

17 DE Reg. 724 (01/01/14)

22 DE Reg. 944 (05/01/19)


4.0 Scores Required for a Delaware Secondary Credential

An individual shall attain the minimum passing standard as approved by the Department.

17 DE Reg. 724 (01/01/14)

22 DE Reg. 944 (05/01/19)


5.0 Assessment Approval Process

5.1 The assessment provider must complete a Department-approved application. The application must include, at a minimum, the following:

5.1.1 Provider’s qualification and experience;

5.1.2 Assessment content and form;

5.1.3 Validation and norming processes;

5.1.4 Assessment delivery;

5.1.5 Technology processes;

5.1.6 Security provisions;

5.1.7 Accommodations processes;

5.1.8 Assessment scoring and reporting processes;

5.1.9 Assessment data access requirements;

5.1.10 Practice test and supplementary instructional materials;

5.1.11 Staff training;

5.1.12 Alignment with college and career readiness standards and Delaware accountability system; and

5.1.13 Cost and timeframe for implementation.

17 DE Reg. 724 (01/01/14)

22 DE Reg. 944 (05/01/19)


6.0 Currently Recognized Assessments and Publication

6.1 The GED® Test has been previously approved and is a Department-recognized secondary credential assessment.

6.2 The Department will publish annually a list of approved assessments.

2 DE Reg. 375 (09/01/98)

5 DE Reg. 1285 (12/01/01)

10 DE Reg. 862 (11/01/06)

15 DE Reg. 1008 (01/01/12)

17 DE Reg. 724 (01/01/14)

22 DE Reg. 944 (05/01/19)


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