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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 122(d) (14 Del.C. §122(d))
14 DE Admin. Code 910
 
PROPOSED
 
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)
 
910 Delaware General Educational Development (GED) Endorsement
 
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 910 Delaware General Educational Development (GED) Endorsement. This regulation has been reviewed as part of the five year cycle and changes were made to the title and references to the test to be consistent with the American Council of Education’s titling of the test and other GED® brand usage guidelines. The GED® is a brand name and registered trademark of the American Council on Education (ACE). GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education. The following highlights are from the ACE website:
GED® tests are designed to measure the skills and knowledge equivalent to a high school course of study.
The GED® test battery comprises five content area assessments:
The GED® tests are currently offered only in a paper-pencil format at Official GED Testing Centers - they cannot be taken online.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before December 5, 2011 to Susan Haberstroh, Education Associate, Regulation Review, Department of Education, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation is available from the above address or may be viewed at the Department of Education business office.
 
C. Impact Criteria
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The regulation is related to the GED® test and to providing a credential to adult students who have not completed the requirements for a traditional high school diploma. The regulation and GED® tests do not specifically address student achievement as measured against state achievement standards.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The regulation is related to the GED® test and to providing a credential to adult students who have not completed the requirements for a traditional high school diploma.
3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The regulation is related to the GED® test and providing a credential to adult students who have not completed the requirements for a traditional high school diploma. The regulation and GED® tests do not specifically address the health and safety of students.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The regulation is related to the GED® test and providing a credential to adult students who have not completed the requirements for a traditional high school diploma. The regulation and GED® tests do not specifically address the legal rights of students.
5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The regulation preserves the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school levels.
6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The regulation does 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 regulation maintains the current process for authority and accountability for the GED® testing program.
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 regulation is consistent with other state educational policies, especially as it relates to providing opportunities for adult students.
9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is not a 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 are no additional costs to the State or to the local school boards for compliance with the regulation.
 
910 Delaware General Educational Development (GED) Endorsement Requirements for issuance of the GED® Test Credential
 
The Delaware General Educational Development (GED) Endorsement GED® test credential is given to persons who satisfactorily meet the Delaware requirements and pass the General Educational Development (GED) GED® Test.
 
1.0 For a person 18 years of age or older to be eligible to take the GED Test GED® test an applicant shall:
1.1 Be a resident of Delaware or, if a resident of another state, be currently employed in Delaware and have been so employed for a minimum of six months prior to taking the test; and
1.2 Certify under his or her signature on the GED® application form that he or she is not enrolled in a public or non public school program; and
1.3 Provide an official a verified copy of the Official GED pPractice tTest® indicating the applicant has passed the Official GED Practice Test with a score of 2450 or better and not less than 470 on each of the 5 sub test areas.
 
2.0 For a person 16 or 17 years of age to be GED Endorsement GED® Test an applicant shall:
2.1 Seek a waiver of the 18 years of age requirement by completing a written application to the Delaware Department of Education that includes showing good cause for taking the test early and designating where the test will be taken; and
2.2 Be a resident of the State of Delaware; and
2.3 Verify that they are at least 16 years of age at the time of the application for the waiver of the age requirement using a birth certificate, drivers license, a State of Delaware Identification Card or other comparable and reliable documentation of age; and
2.4 Provide verification of withdrawal from the applicant’s public or non public school program; and
2.5 Provide a transcript from the applicant’s public or non public school program; and
2.6 Provide an official a verified copy of the GED practice test Official GED Practice Test indicating the applicant has passed the Official GED Practice Test with a score of 2450 or better and not less than 470 on each of the 5 sub test areas.
 
3.0 Scores Required for the Delaware General Educational Development (GED) Endorsement GED® test Credential
An individual shall have a standard score of not less than 410 on each of the five tests with an average standard score of not less than 450 for all five tests and a total standard score of not less than 2250 in order to be issued a GED Endorsement GED® test credential.
 
4.0 Retesting
Forty five days shall lapse prior to retesting and instruction is recommended before retesting.
2 DE Reg. 375 (09/01/98
5 DE Reg. 1285 (12/01/01)
10 DE Reg. 862 (11/01/06)
15 DE Reg. 592 (11/01/11) (Proposed)