Regulations

Comment on Proposed Regulations

OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT UNTIL 4 PM ON NOVEMBER 3, 2014


4 AAC 06.075, Units of Credit Required for High School Graduation

Proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code by amending 4 AAC 06.075 to revise the units of credit required for high school graduation, which may address the following:

  • An increase in the units of credit in mathematics from the requirement of two units of credit in mathematics for students graduating on or before June 30, 2017, to three units of credit in mathematics for students graduating from high school on or after July 1, 2017.


4 AAC 27.057 and 4 AAC 33.110 Charter School

Proposes new regulations for applications, application appeal procedures, grants, and pupil transportation for Charter Schools.

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to amend 4 AAC 27 and 4 AAC 33. These changes implement certain statutory provisions enacted by the 2014 legislature that affect charter schools and clarify the requirements for a charter school application. The proposed regulations may address the following:

  • Requirements for school district pupil transportation policies and standards and procedures for department approval of pupil transportation policies and amendments to those policies;
  • Information to be included in a charter school application;
  • The procedure for appeal of a school district decision regarding a charter school application and review by the commissioner and the State  Board of Education and Early Development;
  • The approval required for charter amendments and program changes;
  • Department audit of charter school programs to ensure compliance with state and federal law;
  • Application requirements and

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4 AAC 04.145 Prohibition of Funding for Common Core Standards Initiative

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to amend 4 AAC 04. The proposed regulation implements AS 14.07.020(b), which was enacted by the 2014 legislature to prohibit the department from expending money to implement the Common Core Standards Initiative. The regulation changes may address the following:

  • Preventing the department from expending money from any source to implement the Common Core Standards Initiative.

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4 AAC 06.812(b), 4 AAC 06.883, 4 AAC 06.895(1), 4 AAC 06.899 Changes to Accountability System

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to amend 4 AAC 06. The proposed regulations implement AS 09.20.030(b) and AS 14.03.120(d), which were amended by the 2014 legislature to update the criteria for exempting teachers from jury duty and to require the reporting of aggregate data about students from families on active military duty. The proposed regulations also adjust the scoring in the school accountability system to reflect the amendments to AS 14.03.075 by the 2014 legislature. The proposed regulations may address the following:

  • New criteria for exempting a teacher from jury service;
  • The reporting of aggregate data in the Report Card to the Public about the student count and academic performance of students from families on active military duty;
  • Adjustments to the scoring in the school accountability system to reflect that students are no longer required to participate in the WorkKeys assessment, but may choose to take the SAT, the ACT, or the Workkeys assessment;


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4 AAC 58.300 Designation of Natural and Cultural History Repositories

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to amend 4 AAC 58.  The proposed regulations implement AS 14.57.012, which was enacted by the 2014 legislature and authorizes the Alaska State Museum to designate other institutions as repositories of natural and cultural history.  The regulations may address the following:
              

  • Designation of natural and cultural history repositories, including application process, alternative accreditation requirements, assurances by institutions, state review, and grounds for revocation of the designation.

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4 AAC 06.175, .177 Restraint and Seclusion of Students

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to amend 4 AAC 06.  The proposed regulation implements AS 14.33.125(f) and AS 14.33.127(a), which were enacted by the 2014 legislature to require school districts to report to the department incidents involving the restraint or seclusion of a student and to require the department to approve crisis intervention training programs for schools. The regulations may address the following:
              

  • Procedures for school districts to follow in reporting incidents involving the restraint of seclusion of a student;
  • Criteria for department approval of crisis intervention training programs for use by school districts.

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4 AAC 33.090(c) Residential Schools

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to amend 4 AAC 33.090. The proposed regulation implements AS 14.16.100, which was enacted by the 2014 legislature and requires the department to provide an annual open application period for approval to operate a residential school. The regulation also addresses the student count date for a variable-term statewide residential educational program. The regulation may
              

  • Describe the annual open application period required by AS 14.16.100;
  • Allow a variable-term statewide residential educational program flexibility in determining the day of the student count period for which they provide enrollment figures for state funding purposes.

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4 AAC 09.160, 4 AAC 33.421, 4 AAC 33.422, 4 AAC 33.426 Correspondence Study Programs

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to amend 4 AAC 33 and 4 AAC 09. The proposed regulations implement AS 14.03.300 and AS 14.03.320, which were amended by the 2014 legislature to provide in statute the requirements for individual learning plans and student allotments for correspondence study programs. The regulations may address the following:

  • Adding unspent correspondence student allotments to the list of funds not subject to the state’s limit on school district fund balances;
  • Conforming the regulations to the legislative changes in AS 14.03 regarding individual learning plans and student allotments for correspondence study programs;
  • Modifying the core course requirements for correspondence students who are proficient or advanced in state assessments.

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4 AAC 06.775, 4 AAC 06.721-.724 Assessments


Draft Participation Guidelines - pdf

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code to amend 4 AAC 06. The proposed regulations implement AS 14.03.075 and AS 14.07.165, which were amended by the 2014 legislature to require a college-ready or career-ready assessment as a condition of receiving a high school diploma and standards for a waiver from the assessment. The regulations may address the following:

  • Criteria for a waiver from the state requirement to take a career-ready or college-ready assessment as a condition of receiving a high school diploma;
  • Procedures and standards for an appeal from the denial of such a waiver;
  • Adoption of the December 2014 version of the department’s guidelines for the participation of all students in state assessments.

 

You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to the Commissioner’s Office, Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Regulations Review, 801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500. Comments may also be submitted via fax, (907) 465-4156, or via the Internet, at http://education.alaska.gov/regs/. Comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., November 3, 2014.

Oral comments may be submitted at a hearing to be held on December 4, 2014, at the Anchorage School District boardroom at 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, Alaska. This hearing will begin at 8:00 a.m. and might be extended to accommodate those present before 7:55 a.m. who did not have an opportunity to comment. You may also comment at this meeting, during this time only, via the Legislative Information Office streaming by calling 1-855-463-5009 if you are outside of Juneau. For participation from Juneau, call 463-5009. This meeting will be streamed through the Legislative Information Office over www.alaskalegislature.tv beginning at 8:00 a.m. on December 4, 2014 (audio only).

Persons may also comment at the oral hearing via the following Legislative Information Offices: Anchorage, 733 W 4th Ave., Ste. 100; Barrow, 119 Bank Bldg.; Bethel, 301 Willow St.; Cordova, 705 Second Street; Fairbanks, 1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308; Juneau, Rm. 111 Terry Miller Bldg. State Capitol; Kenai, 145 Main St. Loop, Ste. 217; Ketchikan, 1900 First Avenue, Ste. 310; Kodiak, 305 Center Ave., Ste. 1; Kotzebue, 373 2nd St., Pillautuq Centre; Mat-Su, 600 E Railroad Ave.; Nome 103 Front St.; Seward, 302 Railway Ste. 107; Sitka, 201 Katlian St., Ste. 103; and Unalaska, 029 Airport Beach Rd., No. 03-01.

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Lisa Miller at 465-2802, or lisa.miller@alaska.gov, no later than 10 days before the accommodation is needed, to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

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