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14 DE Admin. Code 107A
The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 107A Specialist Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised. The regulation is being amended to align with changes made during the second session of the 148th General Assembly by House Bill 399 as amended by House Amendment 1 and Senate Amendments 1 and 2, and by Senate Bill 199 as well as other process changes identified through implementation. These amendments include: (1) providing for equal weighting of the DPAS II Components; (2) eliminating a required annual assessment; and (3) adding language related to new provisional license.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and the Delaware State News on May 1, 2017, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit "A". No comments were received.
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 107A Specialist Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised in order to align with changes made during the second session of the 148th General Assembly by House Bill 399 as amended by House Amendment 1 and Senate Amendments 1 and 2, and by Senate Bill 199 as well as other process changes identified through implementation. These amendments include: (1) providing for equal weighting of the DPAS II Components; (2) eliminating a required annual assessment; and (3) adding language related to new provisional license.
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 107A Specialist Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 107A Specialist 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 107A Specialist 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 107A Specialist 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 107A Specialist 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 15, 2017. 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 15th day of June 2017.
Department of Education
Approved this 15th day of June 2017
State Board of Education
The Specialist Appraisal Process, Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) Revised shall be effective for all school districts and charter schools beginning with the 2015-2016 2017-2018 school year, unless another specialist appraisal system has been approved by the Department pursuant to Chapter 12 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code.
The following definitions shall be applied for purposes of this regulation: In this regulation, the following words and terms shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
Announced Observation means the an observation form and conference with the by a Credentialed Observer, an observation by the Credentialed Observer at an agreed upon a date and time that has been previously arranged, using the associated formative conferences and reports, which may include the use of an observation form. The observation for the specialist may be a collection of data over a specified period of time, up to four (4) weeks, or it may be an observation shall be of sufficient length, at least thirty (30) minutes, to gather appropriate data analyze the lesson and assess specialist performance.
Board means a local board of education or a charter school board of directors.
"Credentialed Observer" means an individual, not always the supervisor of the specialist, who has successfully completed DPAS II credentialing in accordance with Section 10.0. Credentialed Observer denotes any individual who may conduct observations as part of a specialist’s appraisal process. The term Credentialed Observer encompasses those administrators who are Evaluators.
DASA means the Delaware Association of School Administrators.
"Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.
DPAS II Revised Guide for Specialistsmeans the manual that contains the prescribed forms, detailed procedures, specific details about the five (5) components of evaluation and other relevant documents that are used to implement the appraisal process.
DSEA means the Delaware State Education Association.
Evaluator means a Credentialed Observer who is responsible for a specialist’s Summative Evaluation. A specialist’s required observations as part of the appraisal cycle shall generally be conducted by the assigned Evaluator; however, the assigned Evaluator may designate a school administrator who is also a Credentialed Observer to conduct the required observations.
Experienced Specialist means a specialist who holds a valid and current Continuing or Advanced License, issued pursuant to Chapter 12 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code; or Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued prior to August 1, 2003 or holds a valid and current license from his or her respective licensure body.
Improvement Plan means the plan that a specialist and Evaluator mutually develop in accordance with Section 8.0.
Novice Specialist means a specialist who holds a valid and current Provisional or Initial License issued pursuant to Chapter 12 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code or holds a valid and current license from his or her respective licensure body.
Satisfactory Evaluation shall be equivalent to the overall Highly Effective or Effective rating on the Summative Evaluation and shall be used to qualify for a continuing license.
"Specialist" means an educator other than a teacher or administrator and includes, but is not limited to, School Counselors, Library Media Specialists, School Psychologists, and School Nurses.
Student Achievement means:
(c) For the 2014-15 school year only, student scores on the Smarter English Language Arts and Smarter Mathematics statewide assessments shall not be incorporated into any specialist’s 2014-15 performance appraisal. This may be extended by the Department for the 2015-16 school year.
Student Growthmeans 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 or “Evaluation means the comprehensive, end-of-cycle appraisal and shall incorporate the results of the minimum required observations and required component-level data. At the discretion of the Evaluator, it may also include additional Announced or Unannounced observation data, beyond the required observation data, provided by other Credentialed Observers.
Unannounced Observation means an observation by a Credentialed Observer at a date and time that has not been previously arranged, using the associated formative conferences and reports, and which may include the use of the observation form. The observation shall be of sufficient length, at least thirty (30) minutes, to gather appropriate data and assess specialist performance.
Unsatisfactory Evaluation shall be the equivalent to the overall “Needs Improvement” or Ineffective rating on the Summative Evaluation as it pertains to educators seeking a continuing license.
Working Day means a day when the employee would normally be working in that district or charter school.
3.1 Experienced Specialists who have earned a rating of Highly Effective” or “Effective” on their most recent Summative Evaluation shall receive a minimum of one (1) Announced or Unannounced Observation each year with a Summative Evaluation at least once every two (2) years. The Student Improvement component for Highly Effective specialists shall be evaluated each year, regardless of whether or not a Summative Evaluation is conducted. If a Highly Effective specialist does not achieve a Satisfactory rating on the Student Improvement Component, the specialist shall receive a Summative Evaluation the following year, regardless of whether the specialist would otherwise be due for a Summative Evaluation pursuant to this section.
3.32 Experienced Specialists who are not otherwise included in subsection 3.1 or 3.2 shall receive a minimum of one (1) Announced Observation and one (1) Unannounced Observation with a Summative evaluation at the end of the one (1) year period. These specialists shall have an Improvement Plan which may require additional observations and other types of monitoring as outlined in the DPAS II Revised Guide for Specialists.
3.43 Novice Specialists shall receive a minimum of one (1) Announced Observation and one (1) Unannounced Observation with a Summative Evaluation at the end of the one year period. Novice specialists who have earned a rating of Needs Improvement or Ineffective on their most recent Summative Evaluation shall have an Improvement Plan which may require additional observations or other types of monitoring as outlined in the DPAS II Revised Guide for Specialists.
4.0 DPAS II Guide for Specialists
4.1 All districts and charter schools shall use the manual entitled DPAS II Revised Guide for Specialists as developed and as may be amended by the Department of Education in collaboration with DASA and DSEA to implement the appraisal system.
5.1 The following five (5) Appraisal Components, including any Appraisal Criteria specified for each, shall be the basis upon which the performance of a specialist shall be determined. In each academic year, for each of the first four (4) Appraisal Components, a school district or charter school may waive one (1) criterion identified as optional below. In addition, for the Professional Responsibilities Component (subsection 5.1.4), a school district or charter school may substitute a locally determined alternative Appraisal Component, which must be approved by the Department no later than the last day of July of each year. Final notification of any such waiver or substitution shall be provided to all specialists in a school district or charter school and the Department of Education by the last day in August of each year:
6.1 Each of the first four (4) five (5) Appraisal Components (Component(s)) shall be equally weighted and assigned a rating of "Highly Effective," "Effective," "Needs Improvement" or "Ineffective" on the Summative Evaluation. The rating for the Student Improvement Component shall be assigned a rating of "Exceeds," "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory" on the Summative Evaluation. The rating for each of the five (5) Appraisal Components shall reflect the standards as described in the DPAS II Revised Guides for Specialists.
6.1.1 A "Highly Effective" or "Effective" rating for each of the first four Appraisal Components shall mean the specialist has no more than one unacceptable rating on the Appraisal Criteria specified in each of the components. Appraisal Criteria observed shall be rated on each observation conducted and Appraisal Criteria also shall be assigned an overall rating in a specialist's Summative Evaluation. Each Component rating shall be equal to an assigned point value. A “Highly Effective” Component rating shall earn four (4) points, an “Effective” Component rating shall earn three (3) points, a “Needs Improvement” Component rating shall earn two (2) points, and an “Ineffective” Component rating shall earn one (1) point. No partial points shall be awarded.
6.1.2 A satisfactory rating for the Student Improvement Component shall mean that the specialist demonstrates acceptable performance by meeting the standards set by the Secretary pursuant to 5.1.5.1. Once all Component ratings are assigned, a Summative Evaluation rating is determined by the sum of all five (5) Components.
6.2 The Summative Evaluation rating shall also include one of four overall ratings: “Highly Effective”, “Effective”, “Needs Improvement” or “Ineffective”.
6.2.1 A "Highly Effective" Summative Evaluation rating shall mean that the specialist has earned an "Effective" or "Highly Effective" rating in the first four (4) Appraisal Components and an Exceeds rating in the Student Improvement Component a sum of 19 or 20 Component rating points.
6.2.2 An "Effective" Summative Evaluation rating shall mean that the specialist 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 a sum of 14 to 18 Component rating points.
6.2.3 A “Needs Improvement” Summative Evaluation rating shall mean that: the specialist has earned a sum of 9 to 13 Component rating points.
6.2.4 An “Ineffective” Summative Evaluation rating shall mean that: the specialist has earned a sum of 5 to 8 Component rating points.
6.2.56 If a specialist’s overall Summative Evaluation rating is determined to be “Needs Improvement” for the third consecutive year, the rating shall be re-categorized as “Ineffective”.
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