DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
REGULATORY IMPLEMENTING ORDER
915 James H. Groves High School
I. Summary of the Evidence and Information Submitted
The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 915 James H. Groves High School. This regulation clarifies 14 DE Admin. Code 505 High School Graduation Requirements and Diplomas with regard to the World Languages credit requirement and provides other minor clarifications. This regulation also clarifies that the Groves In School Credit Program cannot occur during the school’s regularly scheduled school day.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and the Delaware State News on November 3, 2014, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit “A”. Comments were received from Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens and the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. Comments were received relative to students in the In School Credit Program not receiving instruction during the school’s regularly scheduled school day. This was intentional. The In School Credit program is funded and designed to supplement the instruction provided to students during the day. Another comment related to conditions of admittance to the James H. Groves High School with regard to a pending or actual expulsion for a nonviolent act was received. There are provisions in the regulation that permit students who have committed both nonviolent and violent crimes to participate in a James H. Groves High School Program.
There was a suggestion to remove language that bars a 16-17 year old student subject to a pending or actual expulsion from admission unless the student confirms an intent to graduate. At a Groves Center the emphasis is always on graduation. A student can be re-admitted to their home school at any time, should they choose to leave Groves. There was also a suggestion to omit the requirement for a letter of recommendation in situations where there is a pending or actual expulsion. The Department does not believe this is warranted, as experience shows several principals, or their designees recommend students attend Groves to attain their diploma. This has been a standing requirement and has not been an issue in the past. A final comment was related to whether the regulation encourages, rather than discourages, enrollment in the James H. Groves High School. The Department of Education believes the regulation is written to provide guidance and structure and includes various ways to pursue and attain a diploma for anyone wishing to do so. Consequently no changes were made to the regulation.
II. Findings of Facts
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 915 James H. Groves High School in order to clarify alignment to 14 DE Admin. Code 505 High School Graduation Requirements and Diplomas with regard to the World Languages credit requirement and for other minor clarifications. This regulation also clarifies that the Groves In School Credit Program cannot occur during the school’s regularly scheduled school day.
III. Decision to Amend the Regulation
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 915 James H. Groves High School. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 915 James H. Groves High School attached hereto as Exhibit “B” is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 915 James H. Groves High School 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.
IV. Text and Citation
The text of 14 DE Admin. Code 915 James H. Groves High School amended hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit “B”, and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 915 James H. Groves High School in the Administrative Code of Regulations for the Department of Education.
V. Effective Date of Order
The actions hereinabove referred to were taken by the Secretary pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122 on December 18, 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 18th day of December 2014.
Department of Education
Mark T. Murphy, Secretary of Education
Approved this 18th day of December 2014
State Board of Education
Teri Quinn Gray, Ph.D., President
Gregory B. Coverdale, Jr.
Jorge L. Melendez, Vice President
Terry M. Whittaker, Ed.D.
G. Patrick Heffernan
Randall L. Hughes II
Barbara B. Rutt
915 James H. Groves High School
“Certificate of Educational Attainment (CEA3)” means that the holder of the certificate has passed the Official GED Practice Test with a score of 2450 or better with no less than 470 designated assessments with the required scores in each sub test area and has written an approved Groves approved content area research paper,
“Department” means the Delaware Department of Education
“Groves Leadership Team” means an advisory group composed of the Groves Center administrators, the State Director of Adult Education, a representative from the Groves student association and a prison education teacher supervisor(s). The Associate Secretary, Adult Education and Work Force Development shall be an ex officio member of the leadership team.
“James H Groves Center” or “Center(s)” means the specific location in a school district, agency or organization where instruction is provided for the James H. Groves High School program.
“James H. Groves High School” or “Groves” means an adult high school established by the State of Delaware to provide the opportunity for adults and out of school youth to earn and obtain a high school diploma. The James H. Groves High School is a single school with multiple centers established and operated through a proposal application process. The James H. Groves High School is administered by the Delaware Department of Education.
“Sex Offender” means an offender convicted of offenses specified in 11 Del.C. §4121(a)(4).
The following individuals may enroll in the James H. Groves High School:
2.1 An adult 18 years of age and older, who resides in the State of Delaware or is a resident of another state and is currently employed in Delaware and has been so employed for a minimum of six months prior to enrollment.
2.1.1 The applicant shall:
22.214.171.124 Submit an application on forms approved by the Department;
126.96.36.199 Qualify as meeting secondary level skills, as determined by the Department, on a standardized assessment.
2.2 Out of school youth 16 to 17 years of age, who have officially withdrawn from a day school and who have not been expelled or have an expulsion pending shall enroll under a waiver process.
2.2.1 To apply for an age waiver, the prospective student must shall submit a letter of request for admission to the State Director of Adult Education with the rationale for granting a waiver with a letter of recommendation from the high school of record to the Groves Center administrator the following.
188.8.131.52 A letter of request for admission with the rationale for granting a waiver;
184.108.40.206 A letter of recommendation from the high school of record;
220.127.116.11 Proof of exit from high school; and
18.104.22.168 Proof of age.
2.2.2 The prospective student seeking the age waiver shall also meet the admission process of all other enrollees be subject to 2.1.1.
2.2.3 The decision regarding admission shall be made by the Center administrator.
2.2.4 The names of all students receiving an age waiver shall be forwarded within five (5) working days of approval by the Center administrator or designee to the Department’s Director of Adult and Prison Education Resources for reporting purposes.
2.3 High school students who are at least 16 years of age and enrolled for at least one credit in their high school of record may earn an unrestricted number of credits in the Groves In School Credit Program and still graduate from their high school of record.
2.3.1 To enroll in this program, students shall have the permission of their high school of record, their parent(s), guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver and the Groves High School principal or designee.
2.3.2 All students enrolled in the Groves In School Credit Program shall be included in the September 30th unit count of their high school of record.
2.3.3 Students who withdraw from their high school of record and transfer to the Groves High School shall no longer be considered a student in the Groves In School Credit Program and shall be assessed the materials fee for that semester.
2.3.4 Students in the Groves In School Credit program shall not receive instruction during the school’s regularly scheduled school day.
2.4 Individuals expelled or pending expulsion from a local school district or charter school shall not be enrolled in Groves High School during the period of expulsion or pending expulsion without a waiver from the Department. Individuals who enroll without a waiver shall lose credits earned during the expulsion period.
2.4.1 An applicant for an expulsion or pending expulsion waiver shall meet the following requirements:
22.214.171.124 Be 16 or 17 years of age;
126.96.36.199 Intend to graduate from the James H Groves High School;
188.8.131.52 Be expelled or be pending expulsion for a nonviolent reason and not be a security threat;
184.108.40.206 Submit a letter of recommendation signed by the principal or designee of their high school of record; and
220.127.116.11 Meet with the Department’s Director of Adult and Prison Education Resources or designee to orally present his or her case for entry into Groves. The decision regarding admission shall be made by the Director or designee; and
18.104.22.168 Meet the requirements in 2.1.1.
2.5 An adult 18 years of age and older who is a registered Sex Offender and who resides in the State of Delaware or is a resident of another state and is currently employed in Delaware and has been continuously employed in Delaware for a minimum of six months prior to enrollment shall:
2.5.1 Present a letter to the Groves Center administrator from a licensed counselor, psychologist or physician including a summary of past behavior and a statement that the individual does not pose a safety threat to students or staff. The letter shall be dated within two months prior to enrollment in the Groves Center.
2.5.2 An adult 18 years of age and older who is a registered Sex Offender may be enrolled in the Diploma-At-A-Distance without the letter described in 2.5.1.
2.5.3 The names of all students that are registered Sex Offenders and enrolled in the James H. Groves Adult High School shall be reported to the State Director within five (5) working days.
3.1 The Groves School is authorized to offer credit for the following methods or any combination of the following methods of accruing credit that were used prior to enrollment as well as while enrolled in the Groves program:
3.1.1 High school classroom courses;
3.1.2 Summer school courses offered through a district or charter school;
3.1.3 Groves classroom courses;
3.1.4 Distance learning courses;
3.1.5 Independent study courses;
3.1.6 Correspondence courses;
3.1.7 Courses completed through schools in foreign countries and evaluated in terms of content equivalent to the State’s high school graduation requirements;
3.1.8 Career technical courses and apprenticeship courses;
3.1.9 Higher education courses;
3.1.10 Internships designed to provide practical real life experiences and based on the skills gained and the length of time of the experience;
3.1.11 Military Experience based on military training and experience;
3.1.12 Employment or training experience based on the length of employment, the level of job responsibility and the scope of work;
3.1.13 Community Service that recognizes the community life experiences of the student and encourages the student to assume civic responsibility. The emphasis is upon volunteer service within a non-profit or governmental agency given freely for the betterment of the community and other persons and is based on verification of length of service;
3.1.14 The knowledge assessments created by the Groves curriculum committees for students to demonstrate their knowledge of course content; and
3.1.15 The Certificate of Educational Attainment (CEA3) that may provides up to 10 units of credit toward graduation.
4.1 A graduation plan shall be developed for each student enrolled in the James H. Groves High School by the Groves Administrator or his or her designee.
4.2 Students enrolled in James H. Groves High School courses which have an attendance requirement, shall attend a minimum of 85% of the course hours in order to receive a unit of credit. No provision is made for excused absences.
4.3 The grading system for the James H. Groves High School shall be based on a 100 point numeric scale. An alpha conversion chart to determine level of performance shall be:
4.3.1 Students receiving a grade of "A" (93 to 100) demonstrate superior understanding of the content and have demonstrated knowledge and competence at the highest level.
4.3.2 Students receiving a grade of "B" (85 to 92) demonstrate better than average understanding of the content and have demonstrated above average knowledge and competence.
4.3.3 Students receiving a grade of "C" (75 to 84) demonstrate satisfactory understanding of the content and have demonstrated knowledge and competence.
4.3.4 No credit is awarded for grades less than 75.
4.4 Groves High School students shall be eligible to receive a State of Delaware diploma when they have met the State graduation requirements, pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 505 High School Graduation Requirements and Diplomas, in effect at the time of their graduation., except as noted below. (See 14 DE Admin. Code 505.2, 3.1 or 5.0). The single exception is physical education which is waived in lieu of another credit.
4.4.1 Physical education is waived in lieu of another credit.
4.4.2 Students who were or would have been a first time 9th grader in the 2011-2012 school year or after shall be subject to 505.3.0 or 505.4.0, whichever is applicable.
4.4.3 Students who were or would have been a first time 9th grader in the 2010-2011 school year or prior shall be subject to 505.2.0.
4.4.14 All course content shall be based on the State Content Standards. Notwithstanding the above, students enrolled in the James H. Groves High School must shall successfully complete and receive credit for a minimum of one Groves course in order to receive a State of Delaware diploma.
All fees for the James H. Groves High School shall be set by the Delaware Secretary of Education.
Students enrolled in each Center shall have such rights and be subject to such responsibilities as set forth in the James H. Groves Student Rights and Responsibilities document, and as such may be amended from time to time by the Department.
7.1 A school district, agency or organization may seek to establish a James H. Groves Center for service delivery by following the process outlined below. No district, agency or organization shall have more than one Groves Center.
7.1.1 An affiliation shall be established with an existing Groves Center as a satellite site or obtain approval from the Groves Leadership Team to establish a pilot Center.
7.1.2 After a two year affiliation as a satellite Center of an existing Groves Center or two year success as a pilot Center, the Department may grant full Center status to the satellite site or the pilot Center.
22.214.171.124 A formal request for full Center status shall be made to the Department at the end of year one as a satellite or pilot Center. The request shall include:
126.96.36.199.1 A needs assessment documenting program need for services in the district's adult community, potential population to be served, impact on existing Centers, and rationale for requesting a Groves Center;
188.8.131.52.2 A description of the district, agency or organization's experience and success in adult program delivery;
184.108.40.206.3 An explanation of the commitment to the Groves adult education program and assurances;
220.127.116.11.4 Budget requirements including in kind contributions;
18.104.22.168.5 Submission of an annual performance report; and
22.214.171.124.6 Submission of the State Evaluation Report completed in the tenth month of the first year.
7.1.3 The district agency or organization representatives shall meet with the Groves Leadership Team to review the Center request.
7.1.4 The Groves Leadership Team shall make a recommendation for Center status through the Department’s Director for Adult Education to the Secretary of Education.
7.1.5 Approval or denial shall be communicated to the district, agency or organization by the Department within 60 days of the Center status application.
7.1.6 If approved, the Department shall apply for Center funding in the upcoming State budget cycle. If State funding is allocated for the additional Center, full Center status shall be given to the program provided the annual performance report and State Evaluation Report are satisfactory.
7.1.7 Appeal Process: In the event Center status is denied by the Department a hearing may be requested by the district, agency or organization. The hearing shall be conducted by the Secretary of Education or his or her designee.
8.1 Voluntary Closing: A school district, agency or organization shall close a James H. Groves Center in their service delivery area by following the process outlined below. For a voluntary closing, a school district, agency or organization shall announce by November its intention to discontinue service at the end of the fiscal year. The following steps shall be followed:
8.1.1 Within two months of closing, the district, agency or organization shall:
126.96.36.199 Notify all current students of the Center closing and provide them with information to transfer to another Center. Records of active students shall be sent to the new Center;
188.8.131.52 Provide all current and past student and administrative records to the Department;
184.108.40.206 Send all equipment purchased for the Center to the Department or to the designated Centers for redistribution; and
220.127.116.11 Return unspent funds to the Department.
8.1.2 District, agency or organization representatives shall meet with the Groves Leadership Team at the monthly meetings to implement a smooth closing.
9.1 A non voluntary closing shall be made by the Secretary of Education when:
9.1.1 There is insufficient enrollment or graduates to sustain a Center; or
9.1.2 The Center does not follow the policies, procedures, rules, regulations or instructional program set forth for the James H. Groves High School; or
9.1.3 The Secretary of Education determines the Center is not providing a quality instructional program to the students at that Center.
9.2 The Secretary of Education shall provide notice to the school district, agency or organization of the closing by November giving eight months to close the Center.
9.2.1 Within two months of closing, the district, agency or organization shall:
18.104.22.168 Notify all current students of the Center closing and provide them with information to transfer to another Center.
22.214.171.124 Provide all current and past student and administrative records to the Department;
126.96.36.199 Send all equipment purchased for the Center to the Department or to the designated Centers for redistribution; and
188.8.131.52 Return unspent funds to the Department.
9.3 The District, agency or organization representatives shall meet with the James H. Groves Leadership Team at the monthly meetings to implement a smooth closing.