DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant to 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)
545 K to 12 School Counseling Programs
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
Reauthorization of Existing Regulation
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122(a), the Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to reauthorize 14 DE Admin. Code 545 K to 12 School Counseling Programs. The Department has reviewed the regulation in order to comply with 29 Del.C. §10407 which requires regulations to be reviewed on a recurring bases every four years and concluded that the regulation should be reauthorized without any changes.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before July 5, 2019 to the Department of Education, Office of the Secretary, Attn: Regulation Review, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901 or email to DOEregulations.email@example.com. A copy of this regulation may be viewed online at the Registrar of Regulation's website, http://regulations.delaware.gov/services/current_issue.shtml or obtained at the Department of Education’s Office of the Secretary, located at the address above.
C. Impact Criteria
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation is intended to help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards by providing guideline for K to 12 school counseling programs.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended regulation is intended to continue to help ensure all students receive an equitable education.
3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The amended regulation does not address students’ health and safety.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The amended regulation continues to help that all student’s legal rights are respected.
5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The amended regulation does not change the 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 does not place any unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements on decision makers.
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 does not change because of the amended regulation.
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 is consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies.
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 is no expected cost to implementing this amended regulation.
545 K to 12 School Counseling Programs
"American School Counselor Association (ASCA)" means the national organization that supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
"ASCA National Model" means a framework for implementing a comprehensive, data driven school counseling program. The model identifies K-12 College- and Career- Readiness Standards for every student in the domains of academic, career and social/emotional development. The model is made up of four components: Foundation, Delivery, Management and Accountability.
2.1 Every school in each district shall implement a comprehensive school counseling program aligned with the American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) National Model.
2.2 Every school in each district shall have a written plan, using the model templates provided by the Department, for the school counseling program that:
2.2.1 Is implemented by a school counselor certified in accordance with the applicable Professional Standards Board regulations.
2.2.2 Utilizes nationally recognized student standards as defined by the ASCA National Model.
2.2.3 Aligns vertically K-12 within the district.
2.2.4 Contains all four components of the ASCA National Model:
22.214.171.124 The Foundation component, which consists of vision and mission statements, program goals and student and professional competencies.
126.96.36.199 The Management component, which utilizes assessments and tools to develop, implement and evaluate the school counseling program.
188.8.131.52 The Delivery component, which focuses on the implementation of the school counseling program through direct and indirect student services.
184.108.40.206 The Accountability component, which ensures regular analysis of data to determine program effectiveness in measureable terms and inform program decisions.
2.2.5 Is on file at the district office and in the school.
2.2.6 Is reviewed annually and updated as needed by the school counselor in collaboration with the building administrator and district supervisor.
3.1 Annually, by August 15, every district shall electronically submit their schools' plans to the Department. The plans shall reflect any updates pursuant to 2.2.6 above.
3.2 The Department may periodically monitor for alignment to the requirements in 2.0.