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14 DE Admin. Code 1517
The Professional Standards Board, acting in cooperation and collaboration with the Department of Education, seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend regulation 14 DE Admin. Code 1517 ParaEducator Permits. The regulation applies to the issuance of a Paraeducator Permit, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1205. It is necessary to amend this regulation in order to update and clarify some of the definitions, requirements and to update the application procedures. The proposed amendments, update the application procedures to streamline the process and eliminate the requirement that applicants apply via their employing district and allow applicants to submit their application directly to the Department of Education. The current regulation only requires a high school diploma or the recognized equivalent for both a service and instructional paraeducator. The proposed amendments set a higher standard for Instructional paraeducators, strengthening the entrance requirements to align with the requirements for Title I Paraeducators. While there is no specific grandfathering provision in the amendments, paraeducators currently holding the Instructional Paraeducators permit may continue with their current permit as long as they renew their permit and do not allow it to expire. If a paraeducator allows their permit to expire, they will need to reapply and will be subject to the new requirements for Instructional Paraeducator Permits.
9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the amended regulation 1517? 14 Del.C. requires that we promulgate this regulation for Paraeducator Permits.
This regulation shall apply to the issuance of a Paraeducator Permit, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1205(a). This Permit is required of Title I Paraeducators, Instructional Paraeducators, and Service Paraeducators employed, either full time or part time in support positions in public schools. This Permit is required of all Paraeducators, regardless of employment date.
Associate's or Higher Degree means that the degree is conferred by a regionally accredited institution of higher education or by a distance education institution that is regionally accredited, or any other accrediting agency the Delaware Secretary of Education deems within his or her discretion, to be reliable or equivalent to a regional accrediting agency.
Completed at Least 2 Years of Study at an Institution of Higher Education means the satisfactory completion of a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of instruction at a regionally accredited institution of higher education or by a distance education institution that is regionally accredited, or any other accrediting agency the Delaware Secretary of Education deems within his or her discretion, to be reliable or equivalent to a regional accrediting agency, in general or educational studies, including reading, writing, and mathematics content and pedagogy, unless the institution of higher education defines two (2) years of full time study as the successful completion of a minimum of forty-eight (48) semester hours, and provides documentation of such definition.
Department means the Delaware Department of Education.
Immorality means conduct which is inconsistent with the rules and principles of morality expected of an educator and may reasonably be found to impair an educator’s effectiveness by reason of his or her unfitness or otherwise.
Instructional Paraeducator means a public school employee who provides one-on-one or small group instruction; assists with classroom management or individual student behavior; provides assistance in a computer laboratory; provides support in a library or media center; assists in training and support with functional skill activities, such as personal care or assistive technology; or provides instructional services to students under the direct supervision of a teacher. Instructional Paraeducators are those working with regular education students and students with disabilities in schools other than Title I schoolwide schools or with students not receiving Title I services in Title I targeted assistance schools.
Paraeducator, as used herein, means a paraprofessional, as it is used in 14 Del.C. §1205. Paraeducators are not "educators" within the meaning of 14 Del.C. §1202(4).
Permit means a document issued by the Department that verifies an individual's qualifications and training to serve as a Title I, Instructional or Service Paraeducator.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.
Service Paraeducator means a public school employee who provides support services other than instructional assistance to students, but does not include bus aides (See 14 DE Admin. Code 1105).
Standards Board means the Professional Standards Board of the State of Delaware as established in response to 14 Del.C. §1205.
State Board means the State Board of Education of the State of Delaware established in response to 14 Del.C. §104.
Title I Paraeducator means a public school employee who provides one on one or small group instruction; assists with classroom management; provides assistance in a computer laboratory; provides support in a library or media center; or provides instructional services to students under the direct supervision of a teacher. Additionally, Title I Paraeducators are all Instructional Paraeducators who work with regular students and children with disabilities in Title I schoolwide schools and all Title I Paraeducators who work with children receiving Title I services in Title I targeted assistance schools, except those whose duties are limited to acting as a translator or as a home school liaison.
3.0 Title I Paraeducators and Instructional Paraeducators
3.1 A Title I Paraeducator must hold a Title I Paraeducator Permit. An Instructional Paraeducator must hold an Instructional Paraeducator Permit.
3.1.1 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1205(a), the Department shall issue a Title I Paraeducator Permit to an applicant who has met the following:
3.1.1.1 Completion of at least two (2) years of study in general or educational studies at an institution of higher education; or
3.1.1.2 Receipt of an associate's or higher degree; or
3.1.1.3 Completion of a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and a passing score on a rigorous assessment of knowledge of, and the ability to assist in, the instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics.
3.1.1.3.1 Assessments which are accepted as providing evidence of knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics include:
3.1.1.3.1.1 Para Pro assessment with a qualifying score of 459 or higher.
3.1.1.3.1.2 Such alternative as may be established by the Standards Board, with the approval of the State Board; and
3.1.1.4 Submits sufficient verifiable evidence of qualifications to the Department and meets all the requirements.
3.1.2 In accordance with 14 Del.C. §1205(a), the Department shall issue an Instructional Paraeducator Permit to an applicant who has met the following:
3.2.1 The district, charter school, or other employing authority shall applicant must submit the a Department approved application. form, The applicant must include official transcripts or official scores on an assessment of knowledge of, and the ability to assist in, the instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics, to the Department on behalf of the applicant. The district, charter school or other employing authority applicant shall certify as part of the application form that the applicant, in their opinion, meets the requirements of Section 3.0 that answers on the application are true and accurate.
3.2.1.2 Test scores shall be official and sent directly from Educational Testing Service or other test vendor to the district, charter school or other employing authority. Unopened, unaltered envelopes containing test scores sent to an individual may be accepted as official. The Department shall determine whether the scores, as presented, are acceptable.
4.0 Instructional Paraeducators and Service Paraeducators
4.1 All Instructional Paraeducators and Service Paraeducators Must Hold the Appropriate Permit in accordance with 14 Del.C. §1205(a).
4.2 The Department shall issue a Permit to an Instructional Paraeducator applicant or a Service Paraeducator applicant for whom the district, charter school, or other employing authority has submitted a Department approved application form and who provides evidence of a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
5.2 The Department shall renew a Paraeducator Permit, valid for an additional five (5) years, to a Paraeducator whose school district, charter school, or other employing authority provides evidence to the Department of successful completion of a minimum of fifteen (15) clock hours of approved professional development.
5.3 The paraeducator is required to complete Ffifteen (15) clock hours of approved professional development is required to be completed during the term of validity of the Paraeducator Permit.
6.1 Options for Renewal: are listed in Sections 6.2 and 6.3. These professional development activities are approved options for the renewal of a Paraeducator Permit. Unless otherwise stated, there is no limit to the number of hours that may be taken in any of the options listed below:
8.1 A Paraeducator Permit An applicant may be denied an applicant a paraeducator permit upon a finding that an the applicant has failed to meet the requirements set forth herein or is unfit to be issued a permit in the State.
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