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14 DE Admin. Code 505
Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §§4139 and 122(b), the Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 505 High School Graduation Requirements and Diplomas. This regulation is being amended to include computer science standards as required by House Bill 15 with Senate Amendment 1 and the State of Delaware - Diploma for Alternate Achievement Standards as required by House Substitute No. 1 to House Bill 287 as amended by House Amendment No. 1, both from the 149th General Assembly. Also, the Student Success Plans section of the regulation is being removed and a new regulation will be created in the near future that will specifically provide guidance around Student Success Plans.
The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
Advisement means a documented process that engages students in ongoing discussion and planning with school staff to identify their personal talents and interests and plan their career goals accordingly.
"Career Pathway" means the three (3) credits of pre planned and sequential courses required for graduation designed to develop knowledge and skills in a particular career or academic area. The Career Pathway shall be included in the Student Success Plan.
"Computer Science" means an advanced placement, honors, college prep or integrated computer science course that meets both the computer science and mathematics standards that can be used towards a mathematics graduation credit requirement in addition to those mathematics course requirements under subsection 5.1.1.
Core Course Creditmeans a credit in an English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies course.
"Credit" means the acquisition of skills and knowledge at a satisfactory level as determined by the district and charter school boards through 135 hours (a Carnegie Unit) of actual classroom instruction, which may include various methods of delivery or through locally approved options contained in Section 8.0.
"Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.
"English Language Arts" means those four components of reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening that are included in the State Content Standards for high school English Language Arts as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501.
"Health Education" means those components that are included in the State Content Standards for high school health education as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501.
"High School" means grades 9 through 12.
"Mathematics" means those conceptual categories of number and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, statistics and probability combined with problem solving, modeling, reasoning, communicating, and making connections that are included in the State Content Standards for high school mathematics as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501 either through integrated courses or in courses titles such as Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Computer Science, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, and Probability.
“Novice-high proficiency level” means the novice-high level of proficiency of certain skills and knowledge as defined by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
"Physical Education" means those components that are included in the State Content Standards for high school physical education as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501 and 503. In addition to the one credit required for high school graduation, only one additional elective credit in physical education such as weightlifting, yoga, fitness, running, or tennis may be used to fulfill the graduation requirements.
Program of Study” means an academic and career plan based on post-secondary goals and comprised of academic, career, and technical content that prepares students to make successful transitions to post-secondary education and the workplace.
"Science" means those components of the nature of science which include science and engineering practices, matter and its interactions, motion and stability, energy and its effects, waves and their applications, Earth's place in the universe, Earth's systems, Earth and human activity, life structure and processes, ecosystems, heredity, diversity and continuity of living thing, engineering design, and the links among engineering, technology, science, and society that are included in the State Content Standards for high school science as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501 either through integrated courses or in course titles such as Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
"Social Studies" means those components of civics, economics, geography, and history that are included in the State Content Standards for high school social studies as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501 either through integrated courses or in course titles such as United States History, World History, Geography, Economics, and Civics.
State of Delaware High School Diploma” means a diploma granted to students who successfully complete the prescribed course requirements established by the State, or the district or charter school, if district or charter school credit requirements are higher than those of the State.
State of Delaware – Diploma of Alternate Achievement Standards” means a diploma awarded to a student who has met the requirements of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) but will not complete the high school graduation course credit requirements established by the State, district, or charter school for a State of Delaware High School Diploma.
"Student Success Plan (SSP)" means a plan encompassing a minimum of five years including one year beyond high school, which sets post-secondary goals for a student based on academic and career interests. The student's plan includes a program of study based on the academic courses, electives, and extracurricular opportunities needed in preparation for immediate entry into the work force and post-secondary education. The plan also includes the support services necessary for the student to graduate from high school.
Support Services means those educational interventions such as tutoring; extra time before school, in school, or after school; summer school, an extra year(s) of high school or any other strategy to provide student educational assistance.
Student in DSCYF custody means a student, who is or was in the custody of the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families (“DSCYF”) including the Division of Family Services (DFS), the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health (PBH) and the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services (YRS), for any length of time, during his or her enrollment in high school.
Veteran” means any veteran who performed service during any of the following periods: World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 11, 1946, and also during occupation of defeated territories up to September 8, 1951; Korean War: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955; and Vietnam: May 1, 1961 through April 30, 1975.
"World Languages" means any language other than English that is used by peoples around the world for communicating information and ideas and transmitting its culture(s), including American Sign Language (ASL), Latin and Ancient Greek.
2.1.1 Students shall complete mathematics Mathematics course work that includes no less than the equivalent of the traditional requirements of Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II courses.
2.1.3.1 Senior year credits shall include regular high school High School course offerings, the options available in Section 8.0, or a combination of both.
3.1.1 The student shall complete mathematics Mathematics course work that includes no less than the equivalent of the traditional requirements of Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II courses.
3.1.3.1 Senior year credits shall include regular high school High School course offerings, the options available in Section 8.0, or a combination of both.
3.2.2 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school High School from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school High School between and including October 1st of the 11th grade year and September 30th of the 12th grade year with one (1) World Language credit from a previous school shall be required to earn the second credit in that language unless the language is not offered at the enrolling school. In such case, the student shall earn one (1) credit in an additional language for a total of two (2) credits or pursue available options in Section 8.0 to earn the second credit of the original language.
3.2.3 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school High School from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school High School between and including October 1st of the 11th grade year and September 30th of the 12th grade year with no World Language credits, shall be required to earn at least one (1) World Language credit prior to graduation. Provided further, the minimum twenty-four (24) total credits outlined in this section shall still be met, or any other credit requirements pursuant to 7.1 Section 9.0.
3.2.4 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school High School from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school High School on or after October 1st of the 12th grade year, the World Language requirement shall be waived. Provided further, the minimum twenty-four (24) total credits outlined in this section shall still be met, or any other credit requirements pursuant to 7.1 Section 9.0.
4.1.1 The student shall earn credit upon completion of mathematics Mathematics course work that includes no less than the equivalent of the traditional requirements of Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II courses. The student shall complete an Algebra II or Integrated Mathematics III course as one of the Mathematics credits.
4.1.2 Scientific investigations related to the State Science Standards shall be included in all three science Science course requirements. The student shall complete a Biology course as one of the Science credits.
4.1.4.1 Senior year credits shall include regular high school High School course offerings, the options available in Section 8.0, or a combination of both.
4.2.1 Students may fulfill the two (2) credit World language Language requirement by either:
4.2.2 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school High School from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school High School between and including October 1st of the 11th grade year and September 30th of the 12th grade year with one (1) World Language credit from a previous school shall be required to earn the second credit in that language unless the language is not offered at the enrolling school. In such case, the student shall earn one (1) credit in an additional language for a total of two (2) credits or pursue available options in 8.0 to earn the second credit of the original language.
4.2.3 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school High School from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school High School between and including October 1st of the 11th grade year and September 30th of the 12th grade year with no World Language credits, shall be required to earn at least one (1) World Language credit prior to graduation. Provided further, the minimum twenty-four (24) total credits outlined in this section shall still be met, or any other credit requirements pursuant to 7.1 Section 9.0.
4.2.4 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school High School from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school High School on or after October 1st of the 12th grade year, the World Language requirement shall be waived. Provided further, the minimum twenty-four (24) total credits outlined in this section shall still be met, or any other credit requirements pursuant to 7.1 Section 9.0.
5.2.6.1 At the end of the first year of high school the student has earned at least four (4) core course credits and two (2) other course credits for a total of six (6) course credits;
5.2.6.2 At the end of the second year of high school the student has earned at least eight (8) core course credits and four (4) other course credits for a total of twelve (12) course credits; and
5.2.6.3 At the end of the third year of high school the student has earned at least eleven (11) core course credits and seven (7) other course credits for a total of eighteen (18) course credits.
5.2.6.4 For a student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), on track to graduate shall be consistent with 5.2.6.1, 5.2.6.2 and 5.2.6.3 unless otherwise determined by the student’s IEP Team.
6.07.0 Career Pathway
8.1 District and charter school boards and the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF) as provided in 29 Del.C. §9003(8), are authorized to award credit toward high school High School graduation for the following activities, on the condition that the activities incorporate any applicable state content standards. Before awarding credit for any of the following activities, the districts and charter school boards shall have adopted a policy approving the activity for credit and establishing any specific conditions for the award of credit for the activity. Such policy shall be applicable to each school within the district or each charter high school High School.
8.1.6 High school School courses taken while in the middle school in conjunction with an articulated agreement between the district middle school and the district high school(s) High School(s). Such credit shall also transfer to a high school High School in another district or to a charter school.
7.09.0 Additional Credit Requirements
9.010.0 High School Diplomas and the Certificate of Performance State of Delaware Diplomas and State of Delaware – Diplomas of Alternate Achievement Standards
9.310.1 Diplomas from one school year shall not be issued after September 15 of the next school year.
9.410.2 Duplicate diplomas or certificates of performance will not be issued, but legitimate requests for validation of the diploma or the certificate of performance will be satisfied through a letter of certification. Requests for diploma information from graduates of Delaware high schools High Schools should be directed to the high school High School the student was attending at the time of graduation. If the school does not have the records then the student should contact the Department in Dover for a notarized letter of certification that contains the name of the applicant, the name of the school, the date of graduation, and the diploma registry number (if available).
9.510.3 State High School Diploma for World War II Veterans serving during times of war or conflict, Pursuant pursuant to 14 Del.C. §159
9.5.210.3.1 The Department shall provide a high school High School diploma to any World War II veteran Veteran who:
9.5.2.110.3.1.1 Left a Delaware high school High School prior to graduation in order to serve in the armed forces of the United States.
9.5.2.210.3.1.2 Did not receive a high school High School diploma, or received a G.E.D., as a consequence of such service and,
9.5.2.310.3.1.3 Was discharged from the armed forces under honorable circumstances.
9.5.310.3.2 The diploma may also be awarded posthumously if the deceased veteran Veteran meets the qualifications in 9.5.2.1 through 9.5.2.3 subsections 10.3.1.1 through 10.3.1.3.
9.5.410.3.3 Applications for this high school High School diploma shall be made on forms designated by the Department and the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and shall have a copy of the candidate’s honorable discharge papers attached to the application.
10.011.0 Exceptions for Students in DSCYF Custody
10.111.1 A student Student in DSCYF custody who transfers into a district or charter school shall be permitted to graduate based on the successful completion of the Department’s graduation requirements as defined in this regulation in lieu of the district’s or charter school’s specific requirements permitted by 7.1 Section 9.0.
10.211.2 When a student Student in DSCYF custody transfers into a district or charter school, the district or charter school shall use policies developed pursuant to Section 8.1 8.0 to review the student’s prior transcript and award values for credit earned through:
10.2.111.2.1 Distance learning courses. These courses may be delivered by the teacher to the learner in real time, online or by video;
10.2.211.2.2 Courses completed in mental health or rehabilitative facilities;
10.2.311.2.3 Courses completed in other districts or charter schools that use a different standard of awarding credits; or
10.2.411.2.4 Any other means as approved by the Chief School Officer of the district or charter school in accordance with policy and the law.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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