DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 122(d) (14 Del.C. §122(d))

14 DE Admin. Code 727

Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To

14 Del.C. §122(d)

PUBLIC NOTICE

727 Credit for Experience for Administrators, Teachers and Specialists

Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To

14 Del.C. Section 122(d)

A. Type of Regulatory Action Required

Amendment to Existing Regulation

B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation

The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin Code 727 Credit for Experience for Administrators, Teachers and Specialists. The amended regulation has been renamed as Credit for Experience for Educators and for Secretarial Staff. As amended it includes the experience credit of one year granted to a graduate of a five year preservice program or a graduate of a four year preservice program who graduates with a GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale pursuant to 14 Del. C.§1312(a).

C. Impact Criteria

1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation addresses credit for experience for educators and secretarial staff not student achievement.

2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended regulation addresses credit for experience for educators and secretarial staff not equitable education issues.

3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The amended regulation addresses credit for experience for educators and secretarial staff not health and safety issues.

4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The amended regulation addresses credit for experience for educators and secretarial staff not students’ legal rights.

5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The amended regulation will preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level.

6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended regulation will not place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels.

7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated will remain in the same entity.

8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The amended regulation will be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies.

9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is no less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation.

10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There is no additional cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation.

727 Credit for Experience for Administrators, Teachers and Specialists

1.0 Administrators: No credit shall be given for part time employment in Administrative and Supervisory positions.

2.0 Teachers: Days taught as a substitute or as a teacher's aide may not be used toward credit for experience; however, employment as a teacher on a regular part time basis may be used toward credit for experience.

2.1 As used in this instance, a "regular part time" employee is one who is employed in a position which requires at least 50 hours per month for at least 9 months during a period of 12 consecutive months.

3.0 Secretaries: Secretaries may be granted one (1) year's experience for each creditable year of experience as a secretary in private business, public school, or other governmental agency.

4.0 Creditable experience includes experience obtained while working outside of Delaware.4.1 This regulation applies to the determination of creditable experience for salary purposes only, and does not apply to the determination of creditable experience for pension purposes which is specified in 29 Del.C. Ch. 55.Laws on employment and salary for administrators, teachers, and secretaries are found in 14 Del.C. Ch. 13.

3 DE Reg. 1542 (5/1/00)

1.0 Educators Graduating from a 5-Year or 4-Year Preservice Program

1.1 Definitions

1.1.1 The following words and terms when used in this subsection shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

“Four Year Preservice Program” means a regionally accredited college or university four year preservice undergraduate bachelor degree program.

“Five Year Preservice Program” means a regionally accredited college or university five year planned degree program which includes an extensive clinical component or internship in the fifth year.

“Grade Point Average (GPA)” means the grade point average (GPA) stated on the official transcript of the regionally accredited college or university granting the bachelor’s degree in the Four Year Preservice Program.

1.2 Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1312(a), a graduate of a five year preservice program, or a graduate of a four year preservice program who graduates with a GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent, shall be granted one year of experience on the applicable state salary schedule.

1.3 Eligible employees for the one year credit of experience shall include any employee paid in accordance with 14 Del.C. §1305, who meets the requirements in 1.2 and was hired after July 1, 2001. Eligible employees include, but are not limited to, teachers, nurses, librarians, psychologists, therapists, counselors, and school and district level administrators.

2.0 Administrators

2.1 No credit for experience shall be given for part time employment in administrative or supervisory positions.

3.0 Teachers

3.1 Days taught as a substitute or as a paraeducator may not be used toward credit for experience; however, employment as a teacher on a regular part time basis may be used toward credit for experience.

3.1.1 A "regular part time" employee is one who is employed in a position which requires at least 50 hours per month for at least 9 months during any 12 consecutive month period.

4.0 Secretarial Staff

4.1 Secretaries may be granted one (1) year's experience for each creditable year of experience as a secretary in private business, public or private school, or other governmental agency.

5.0 Creditable experience includes experience obtained while working outside of Delaware.

6.0 This regulation applies to the determination of creditable experience for salary purposes only, and does not apply to the determination of creditable experience for pension purposes which is specified in 29 Del.C. Ch. 55. Laws on employment and salary for administrators, teachers, and secretaries are found in 14 Del.C. Ch. 13.

3 DE Reg. 1542 (5/1/00)

8 DE Reg. 1246 (3/1/05)