DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
REGULATORY IMPLEMENTING ORDER
775 New Teacher Hiring Data Reporting
I. SUMMARY OF THE EVIDENCE AND INFORMATION SUBMITTED
Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §§122(b) and 1725, the Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 775 New Teacher Hiring Data Reporting. The Department has reviewed the regulation in order to comply with 29 Del.C. §10407 which requires regulations to be reviewed on a recurring basis every four years and notes that the regulation content is current and that only changes were made to comply with the Delaware Administrative Code Drafting and Style Manual.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and Delaware State News on March 1, 2020, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit “A”. No comments were received for the proposed regulation.
II. FINDINGS OF FACTS
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 775 New Teacher Hiring Data Reporting in order to comply with 29 Del.C. §10407 which requires regulations to be reviewed on a recurring basis every four years and notes that the regulation content is current and that only changes were made to comply with the Delaware Administrative Code Drafting and Style Manual.
III. DECISION TO AMEND THE REGULATION
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 775 New Teacher Hiring Data Reporting. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 775 New Teacher Hiring Data Reporting attached hereto as Exhibit “B” is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 775 New Teacher Hiring Data Reporting 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 775 New Teacher Hiring Data Reporting amended hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit “B”, and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 775 New Teacher Hiring Data Reporting 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(b) and 1725 on May 11, 2020. 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 11th day of May 2020.
Department of Education
Susan S. Bunting, Ed.D., Secretary of Education
Approved this 11th day of May 2020
775 New Teacher Hiring Data Reporting
The purpose of this regulation is to outline the criteria and process related to new teacher hiring data collection and reporting by school districts as required by 14 Del.C. §1725 and align such with annual reporting done within the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Branch Educator Support Team of the Department of Education.
The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly states otherwise:
"Contract Offer Date offer date" shall mean means the date an authorized agent or representative of the district notifies the successful candidate of the intent to hire.
"District" shall mean means a reorganized school district or vocational technical school district established pursuant to Chapter 10 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code.
"Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.
"Hard to Staff Position staff position" means a position for which school districts have the fewest qualified applicants.
"New Teacher Hiring Date" shall mean, for purposes of this regulation, the Contract Offer Date as defined herein.
"Position Availability Date availability date" shall mean means the date the district Human Resources Office knows the available position is released for a new full-time teacher hire.
"Position Type type" shall mean means the appropriate instructional level of the teacher or whether the teacher is in a Hard to Staff Position.
3.1 On or before December 1st of each year, each District shall annually submit an Educator Hiring Practices and Needs Report to the Department in a format approved by the Department that includes, but is not limited to, Contract Offer Date, Position Availability Date, Position Type, number of positions available and filled, information on Hard To Staff Positions, information on recruitment and selection processes, and information on staffing practices during the most recent hiring season(s) season.
3.2 The Department may also require each District to enter such information on an ongoing basis into an electronic statewide information system. The Department shall review and provide information on educator hiring practices and needs, including hiring activity related to the "estimated unit count" estimated unit count as that term is defined pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1704, in the annual Delaware Talent Practices Report (Report).
3.3 The Delaware Talent Practices Report is to be provided no later than March 31st of the following year.