DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Office of the Secretary

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

14 DE Admin. Code 525

PROPOSED

PUBLIC NOTICE

Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To

14 Del.C. Section 122(d)

525 Requirements for Career-Technical Education Programs

A. Type of Regulatory Action Required

Amendment to Existing Regulation

B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation

The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 525 Requirements for Career-Technical Education Programs in order to add the phrase “or under unique circumstances as approved by the Department of Education” to 3.0 Cooperative Education and to 4.0 Diversified Occupations Programs. The word “quarterly” has also been added to 4.1 under Diversified Education Programs to clarify the number of visits the teacher or counselor must make and “Relative Caregiver” has been added to parent or guardian in 3.3 and 4.3. The Name of the Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education has also been corrected in 2.14.

C. Impact Criteria

1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation addresses career and technical programs and improving student achievement is an important consideration in the development of these programs.

2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended regulation addresses career and technical programs and equity issues are an important consideration in the development of these programs.

3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The amended regulation addresses career and technical programs and students’ health and safety are an important part of these programs.

4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The amended regulation addresses career and technical programs and students’ legal rights are an important consideration in the development of these programs.

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 cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation.

525 Requirements for Career-Technical Education Programs

1.0 Career-Technical Education Programs

All Career-Technical Education Programs shall meet the provisions of Delaware's State Plan for Career and Technical Education and meet the provisions of the content standards approved by the Department of Education or, if there are no approved state content standards, meet local program standards approved by the Department of Education.

6 DE Reg. 955 (2/1/03)

2.0 Requirements for all local School Districts and Charter Schools that Offer State Approved Career-Technical Education Programs

All local School Districts and Charter Schools that offer State Approved Career-Technical Education Programs shall:

2.1 Have the approval of the Department of Education before implementing new programs.

2.2 Have adequate funding to support and sustain the instructional program.

2.3 Employ teachers certified in Career-Technical Education Program areas.

2.4 Make provisions for meeting the unique needs of all students.

2.5 Establish and maintain an active advisory committee which includes labor and management personnel to assist in the development and operation of the program.

2.6 Use present and projected labor market information, available from the Delaware Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, to determine the need for new and continuing Career-Technical Education Programs.

2.7 Survey local business and industry to determine their occupational needs and the availability of placement and employment opportunities for program completers.

2.8 Survey the student population to determine their occupational interests and needs.

2.9 Organize and financially support career-technical student organizations as integral components of Career-Technical Education Programs in public schools that complement and enrich instruction. The following career-technical student organizations are affiliated in Delaware:

2.9.1 Business Professionals of America (BPA)

2.9.2 Technology Student Association (TSA)

2.9.3 Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), an association of marketing students

2.9.4 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

2.9.5 The National FFA Organization

2.9.6 Skills USA/VICA

2.9.7 The Delaware Career Association (DCA)

2.10 Integrate related academic content into individual career-technical education courses, and guide students through a course selection process that supports the necessary academic preparation required by the student's career path and educational goals.

2.11 Schedule trade and industrial education programs, when offered, for a minimum of two consecutive periods a day or the equivalent, five days a week for two or more years.

2.12 Establish no rules practices or regulations that interfere with, prohibit or otherwise prevent students from having the opportunity to learn about, enroll in and complete a Career-Technical Education Program in a career-technical school district.

2.13 Use equipment and facilities comparable to that used by local business and industry for which the Career-Technical Education Program is preparing students.

2.14 Schedule Department of Education and Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education program review and monitoring visits upon request.

1 DE Reg. 1196 (2/1/98)

6 DE Reg. 955 (2/1/03)

8 DE Reg. 1603 (5/1/05)

3.0 Cooperative Education Programs.

Cooperative Education Programs provide senior Career-Technical Education Program students with coordinated on-the-job training not ordinarily available in the classroom. During the student's senior year, or under unique circumstances as approved by the Department of Education, employers may provide this on-the-job training in occupations directly related to the Career-Technical-Education Program in which the student is enrolled. For the purpose of granting credit during the school year two hours of Cooperative Education Work Experience shall equal one hour of instructional time. In a summer Cooperative Education Work Experience Program one-half unit of credit shall be granted and shall be counted toward the units of credit necessary for graduation.

3.1 In order to qualify for Career-Technical Education funding units the Career-Technical Education Program Teacher or Career Guidance Counselor shall be provided with a full class period, each day, for every fifteen (15) students enrolled in the Cooperative Education Work Experience Program in order to make quarterly visits to the student's place of employment to ensure coordination between the classroom and the on-the-job experience.

3.2 In order to qualify for Career-Technical Education funding units the students shall; possess minimum occupational competencies specified by the Career-Technical Education Teacher Coordinator before being placed in cooperative employment, be in their senior year and be in a Cooperative Education Work Experience Program that relates directly to the student's current or completed career-technical education pathway and be supervised through on-site visits by an assigned Career-Technical Education Program Teacher Coordinator or Career Guidance Counselor.

3.3 In order to qualify for Career-Technical Education funding units the school shall have on file, for each student; a training agreement that includes training objectives and is signed by a parent or guardian, guardian or Relative Caregiver the employer, the student and a representative of the district. A State Work Permit for Minors in accordance with State Department of Labor regulations shall also be on file.

3.4 For an IDEA eligible student, the student's IEP team, in consultation with the Career Technical Education Teacher Coordinator, may authorize the student's participation in this program irrespective of lack of senior year status if necessary to provide the student a free, appropriate public education.

2 DE Reg. 111 (7/1/98)

6 DE Reg. 955 (2/1/03)

4.0 Diversified Occupations Programs.

Diversified Occupations Programs provide students with coordinated on-the-job training not ordinarily available in the classroom. During the student's junior and or senior year, year or under unique circumstances as approved by the Department of Education employers provide this on-the-job training. For the purpose of granting credit during the school year, two hours of work experience in a Diversified Occupations Work Experience Program shall equal one hour of instructional time. In a summer Diversified Occupations Work Experience Program one-half unit of credit shall be granted and that credit shall be counted toward the units of credit necessary for graduation.

4.1 In order to qualify for Career-Technical Education funding units a Career-Technical Education Program Teacher or Career Guidance Counselor shall be provided with a full class period, each day, for every fifteen (15) students enrolled in the Diversified Occupations Work Experience Program in order to make quarterly on-site visits to the student's place of employment to ensure coordination between the classroom and the on-the-job experience.

4.2 In order to qualify for Career-Technical Education funding units the students shall; possess minimum readiness competencies as specified by the Career-Technical Education Program Teacher Coordinator before being placed in a Diversified Occupations Work Experience Program employment situation, be in their junior or senior year meet the requirements of 4.0 and be actively enrolled in a Diversified Occupations Work Experience Program that meets for at least one class period per week.

4.3 In order to qualify for Career-Technical Education funding units the school shall have on file, for each student; a training agreement that includes training objectives and is signed by a parent or guardian, guardian or Relative Caregiver, the employer, the student and a representative of the district. A State Work Permit for Minors in accordance with State Department of Labor regulations shall also be on file.

4.4 For an IDEA eligible student, the student's IEP team, in consultation with the Career Technical Education Teacher Coordinator, may authorize the student's participation in this program irrespective of lack of junior or senior year status if necessary to provide the student a free, appropriate public education.

2 DE Reg. 111 (7/1/98)

6 DE Reg. 955 (2/1/03)

9 DE Reg. 677 (11/01/05) (Prop.)