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14 DE Admin. Code 502
The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 502 Alignment of Local School District Curricula to the State Content Standards. The amendments reflect process changes related to the demonstration of alignment of local school district curricula to the state content standards. This reduces the burden on the districts as well as the Department and also provides for flexibility based on the uniqueness of each district related to the development of local curricula.
Notice of the proposed regulation was given by publication in the Delaware Register of Regulations, Volume 17- Issue 7, pages 679 - 683, on January 1, 2014. Comments were received from the Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens and the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. The comments were considered and minor amendments were made. The Councils articulated a concern with the change from a very prescriptive nature to one that is "less prescriptive/rigid and rigorous." The Councils endorsed the specific requirements related to specific student populations. The DDOE has reviewed the previous structure and considers the proposed process to allow for any needed evidence to ensure curriculum alignment. One comment was related to the "Survey of Enacted Curriculum." The completion of this survey was one of a number of options. A change has been regarding when the documentation for alignment may be reviewed.
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 502 Alignment of Local School District Curricula to the State Content Standards in order to reduce the burden on the districts as well as the Department and to provide for flexibility based on the uniqueness of each district related to the development of local curricula.
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 502 Alignment of Local School District Curricula to the State Content Standards. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 502 Alignment of Local School District Curricula to the State Content Standards attached hereto as Exhibit "A" is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 502 Alignment of Local School District Curricula to the State Content Standards 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 502 Alignment of Local School District Curricula to the State Content Standards amended hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "A", and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 502 Alignment of Local School District Curricula to the State Content Standards 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 February 14, 2014. 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 14th day of February 2014.
1.1 The purpose of this regulation is to provide a process through which all Delaware school districts demonstrate the alignment of their local curricula with the State Content Standards in the content areas specified in the 14 DE Admin. Code 501.
Adoption” means to accept a set of standards as the basis for curriculum and assessment alignment across the state according to a timeline established and disseminated by the Department of Education.
Alignment Index means a co relational measure of alignment between the Survey of Enacted Curriculum in a specific content area and the state standards used for comparison. The Wisconsin Center for Educational Research automatically calculates and reports the alignment index to schools and districts that use the surveys.
Content Map means a graphic depiction of local curriculum alignment automatically reported to schools and districts as part of the analysis of teacher survey data by the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.
Departmentmeans the Delaware Department of Education.
Evidence means certification by the district that [their its] curriculum is aligned to the state content standards, which is supported by documentation maintained by the district.
Grade Level Expectations means the documents created and officially released by the Delaware Department of Education for English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies which detail student learning objectives in each content area for kindergarten through grade twelve.
Recommended Statewide Uniform Curricula means one or more of the following documents: Academic Content Standards, Clarifications[,] and Grade Level Expectations posted to the Delaware Department of Education website. The Department may update the document(s) based on changes to the State Content Standards in 14 DE Admin. Code 501.
Scope and Sequence means a curriculum plan, usually in chart form, with a range of instructional objectives and skills organized according to the successive levels at which they are taught.
Statewide Recommended Curriculum Frameworks means the Delaware Recommended Curriculum documents comprised of Academic Content Standards, Clarifications and Grade Level Expectations posted to the Delaware Department of Education website.
Survey of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) means the alignment survey sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. The SEC is a teacher survey tool based on scientifically based research which yields detailed information about the alignment of classroom instruction to state academic standards and state assessments. The survey is available for English language arts, mathematics, and science at the present time. A survey for social studies is in development. An analysis of results by grade level, school and district is completed by the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research with formal reports provided to the participating schools and districts.
Tile Chart means a graphic depiction of local curriculum alignment automatically reported to schools and districts as part of the analysis of teacher survey data by the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.
Unit Summative Assessment means a performance measure of skills and knowledge mastered by students at the end of a unit as a result of classroom instruction. Examples of unit assessment measures include but are not limited to teacher constructed unit tests and commercially published measures such as those provided by curriculum publishers.
3.1 All school districts shall provide evidence to the Department that their school district curricula are aligned with the State Content Standards. State Content Standards exist in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Health, Physical Education, Agriscience, Business Finance and Marketing Education, Technology Education, Skilled and Technical Sciences, and [the] Family and Consumer Sciences. Content standards as developed adopted by the Department in the future shall also be included under this section
54.0 Documentation of Curriculum Alignment
5.1 Evidence of curriculum alignment to the State Content Standards shall be submitted to the Department no later than twelve (12) months following the official release by the Department of the Statewide Recommended Curriculum Frameworks in each content area.
4.2 Documentation of alignment of school district curricula shall include: unit plans, lesson plans, and assessments[;] and may be subject to Department review [during on-site monitoring visits]. Included in the documentation shall be a description of the method and level of involvement in the alignment process by building administrators, teachers and specialists.
4.3 Documentation for Agriscience, Business Finance and Marketing Education, Technology Education, Skilled and Technical Sciences, and [the] Family and Consumer Sciences shall follow requirements [through in] 14 DE Admin. Code 525 for Career and Technical Education.
6.1 School districts shall be required to submit evidence of local curriculum alignment for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Health, and Physical Education content areas for each grade cluster K to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to12 from at least two of the permissible categories of evidence in 6.1.1 through 6.1.5. One of the two categories shall be the evidence described in 6.1.1. The second required category and any additional submitted evidence shall be selected by the district from categories 6.1.2 through 6.1.5. The school district may choose to vary the choice of the second category of evidence by grade cluster level. School districts shall be required to submit evidence of local curriculum alignment for Career and Technical Education content areas (Agriscience, Business Finance and Marketing Education, Technology Education, Skilled and Technical Sciences, and the Family and Consumer Sciences) from the permissible category of evidence in 6.1.6. Evidence of alignment to each standard in a given content area shall be submitted.
86.0 Subsequent Review of Alignment
8.1 Each district shall be required to present evidence of certify curriculum alignment if there are major changes to a content area in the approved curricula. The district shall only be required to submit evidence documentation of curriculum alignment in the affected content area upon request by the Department. Further, districts placed under school improvement may be required to submit evidence documentation of aligned curriculum in the assessed content area or areas which form the basis for the any school improvement rating.
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