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14 DE Admin. Code 108A
The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 108A Administrator Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised. The amendments include, but are not limited to, clarifying the possible combination of summative ratings for "Needs Improvement", clarifying the processes to earn credentials to evaluate administrators utilizing DPAS-II, and issuing the proposed amended regulation to be in effect beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and the Delaware State News on April 27, 2015, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit "A". Comments were received from Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens and the State Council for Persons with Disabilities.
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 108A Administrator Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised in order to clarify the possible combination of summative ratings for "Needs Improvement", clarify the processes to earn credentials to evaluate various administrators utilizing DPAS-II, and issue the proposed amended regulation to be in effect beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 108A Administrator Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 108A Administrator Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised attached hereto as Exhibit "B" is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 108A Administrator Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised hereby amended shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V below.
The text of 14 DE Admin. Code 108A Administrator Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised amended hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "B", and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 108A Administrator Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised in the Administrative Code of Regulations for the Department of Education.
The actions hereinabove referred to were taken by the Secretary pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122 on June 18, 2015. The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
IT IS SO ORDERED the 18th day of June 2015.
Department of Education
1.1 This regulation shall be effective for all school districts and charter schools beginning with the 2014-15 2015-16 school year, unless another administrator appraisal system has been approved by the Department pursuant to Chapter 12 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code.
"Annual Appraisal Cycle" means the administrator appraisal process that occurs within one school each year.
"Board" shall means the local board of education or charter school board of directors.
"Credentialed Evaluator" shall means the individual, usually the supervisor of the administrator, who has successfully completed the evaluation foundational DPAS II training and credentialing assessment in accordance with 10.0. A superintendent or head of charter school shall be evaluated by member(s) of the Board who shall also have successfully completed the evaluation DPAS II foundational training and credentialing assessment in accordance with 10.0. The Credentialed Evaluator may also be referred to as "Evaluator".
"DASA" shall means the Delaware Association of School Administrators.
"Department" shall means the Delaware Department of Education.
"DPAS II Revised Guides for Administrators" shall means the manuals that contains the prescribed forms, detailed procedures, evaluation criteria and other relevant documents that are used to implement the appraisal process. The Department shall create up to four (4) manuals differentiated by administrator role. The DPAS II Revised Guides for Administrators may also be referred to collectively as "Guides" or individually as "Guide."
"DSBA" shall means the Delaware School Boards Association.
"Goal-Setting Conference" shall means a meeting that occurs between the administrator and the Credentialed Evaluator at the beginning of the Annual Appraisal Cycle, which typically is in the summer or fall. The meeting shall include but not be limited to establishing goals for the year and discussing areas of support, as described in the DPAS II Revised Guides for Administrators.
"Improvement Plan" shall be means the plan that an administrator and evaluator mutually develop in accordance with 8.0.
"Mid-Year Conference" shall means a meeting that occurs between the administrator and the Credentialed Evaluator as part of the Annual Appraisal Cycle, which typically occurs midway through the school year. The meeting shall include but not be limited to discussion of progress toward goals and areas of support, as described in the DPAS II Revised Guides for Administrators.
"Satisfactory Evaluation" shall be equivalent to the overall "Highly Effective" or "Effective" rating on the Summative Evaluation.
"Student Achievement" shall means:
"Student Growth" shall means the change in Student Achievement data for an individual student between two points in time. Growth may also include other measures that are rigorous and comparable across classrooms.
"Summative Evaluation" shall be means the final evaluation at the conclusion of the Annual Appraisal Cycle.
"Unsatisfactory Evaluation" shall be the equivalent to the overall "Needs Improvement" or "Ineffective" rating on the Summative Evaluation.
"Working Day" shall means a day when the employee would normally be working in that district or charter school.
All administrators shall receive a yearly appraisal in all five (5) Appraisal Components, including Student Improvement, that includes a minimum of one (1) Goal Setting Conference, one (1) Mid-Year Conference and one (1) Summative Evaluation each year. The Annual Appraisal Cycle shall be led by the administrator's Credentialed Evaluator and may include other supports and opportunities for feedback from his or her Credentialed Evaluator or other Credentialed Evaluators, as outlined in the DPAS II Revised Guides for Administrators.
6.2.1 "Highly Effective" shall means that the administrator has earned an Effective or Highly Effective rating in the first four (4) Appraisal Components and an Exceeds rating in the Student Improvement Component.
6.2.2 "Effective" shall means that the administrator has earned an Effective or Highly Effective rating in at least three (3) of the first four (4) Appraisal Components with zero (0) Ineffective ratings and a Satisfactory or Exceeds rating in the Student Improvement Component.
6.2.3 "Needs Improvement" shall means that:
6.2.4 "Ineffective" shall means that:
10.1 Evaluators shall have successfully completed the DPAS II training as developed by the Department of Education. Evaluators shall receive a certificate of completion which is valid for five (5) years and is renewable upon completion of professional development focused on DPAS II as specified by the Department of Education. Credentialing processes and assessments shall be established and conducted by the Department of Education, and developed in collaboration with school and district level administrators.
10.2 The training shall occur no less than once every three (3) years and shall include techniques for observation and conferencing, content and relationships of the state standards for administrators, and a thorough review of the DPAS II Revised Guides for Administrators. Activities in which participants practice implementation of DPAS II procedures shall be included in the training. Evaluator credentials for the utilization of each of the DPAS II Revised Guides are earned upon successful completion of the credentialing assessment for the appropriate Guide. Evaluator credentials are valid for five years from the date of issue. Evaluators may seek to renew their credentials within 24 months prior to the expiration date. Credentialing assessment(s) for all Guides shall be established and implemented no later than August 1, 2017.
1113.0 Evaluation of Process
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