BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The proposed amendments would update requirements and deadlines in the statewide student assessment and school and district accountability regulations.
The Department of Education and Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code by changing Article 4 Statewide Student Assessment regulations (4 AAC 06.700 – 4 AAC 06.790) and Article 5 School and District Accountability (4 AAC 06.800 – 4 AAC 06.899).
The proposed regulation changes update the names of the required statewide assessments and include language regarding the alternate assessment used for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The proposed regulation changes update assessment procedures and the district reporting deadline and clarify when districts need to inform educators and parents about assessment results. The proposed changes also update the Participation Guidelines for Inclusion of Alaska Students in State Assessments, 2020 Edition, that is proposed to be adopted by reference. Conforming changes are proposed in the Participation Guidelines to update, clarify, and better organize the standards for the inclusion of students in state assessments.
Proposed changes in the accountability regulations will address state and district deadlines for reporting. The new deadlines reflect the current accountability system calculations and associated data collections used to create school designations and calculations for long term goals and measures of interim progress. The proposed changes include the use of prior year’s graduation rates so that school designations may be released earlier in the school year.
The Department of Education and Early Development invites the public to submit written comments during the written comment period, which begins with the date of this notice and ends on January 22, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. The written comment period closes in advance of the meeting of the State Board of Education and Early Development at which the board will consider the adoption of the proposed regulations. This allows the Department of Education and Early Development an opportunity to prepare changes based on written comment and to distribute any proposed changes to the board for its consideration prior to the meeting.
You may comment in writing 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 and Early Development, Attn: Regulations Review, 801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500.
You also may submit written comments by facsimile at (907) 465-4156; by electronic mail to Linda Mattson; and online at the website of the Department of Education and Early Development at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm. Written comments also may be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System by accessing this notice on the system and using the comment link.
All written comments must be received not later than 4:30 p.m. on January 22, 2020.
After the written comment period has ended, you may submit oral comments to the State Board of Education and Early Development at a hearing to be held by the board on March 26, 2020, by audio-conference or in person at the Department of Education and Early Development Board Room, 801 West Tenth Street, Juneau, AK 99801. The hearing will be held from 9:10 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. but may be extended to accommodate those present before 9:00 a.m. who have not had an opportunity to comment before 11:10 a.m.
You may submit oral comments at this hearing, during this time only, via the Legislative Information Office streaming by calling 1-844-586-9085 if you are outside of Juneau or Anchorage. For participation from Juneau, call 586-9085. For participation from Anchorage, call 563-9085.
You also may submit oral comment by visiting your local Legislative Information Office (LIO). The following LIO’s will participate: Anchorage, 716 W 4th Ave., Suite 100; Barrow, 119 Bank Bldg.; Bethel, 301 Willow St.; Cordova, 418 First St., Suite A; Delta Junction, Colombo Building, Suite 204, 1380 Richardson Hwy.; Dillingham, Kangiiqutaq Bldg.; Fairbanks, 1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308; Glennallen, 186 Glenn Hwy.; Homer, 270 West Pioneer Ave., Suite B; Juneau, Room 111 Terry Miller Bldg.; Kenai, 145 Main St. Loop, Suite 217; Ketchikan, 1900 First Ave., Suite 310; Kodiak, 305 center Ave., Suite 1; Kotzebue, 373 2nd St., Pillautuq Centre; Mat-Su, 600 E Railroad Ave.; Nome 103 Front St.; Petersburg, 11B Gjoa St.; Seward, 302 Railway Suite 107; Sitka, 201 Katlian St., Suite 103; Tok, W 1st St., UAF-Tok Unit 1; Unalaska, 029 Airport Beach Rd. Space No. 03-01; Valdez, State Office Building, Room 13; and Wrangell, 223 Front St.
This meeting will be streamed through the Legislative Information Office over http://www.akl.tv/ beginning at 9:00 a.m. on March 26, 2020 (audio only). You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Linda Mattson at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Department of Education and Early Development, Attn: Linda Mattson, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500. If a question is relevant to the proposed change in the regulations and the question is received by January 13, 2019, which is ten days before the end of the public comment period, the department will make a good faith effort to answer the question before the end of the public comment period. The Department of Education and Early Development will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions and responses available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and on the website of the Department of Education and Early Development at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm.
If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Linda Mattson at 907-465-2802 or email@example.com not later than January 13, 2019, to ensure that any necessary accommodation can be provided.
A copy of the proposed regulation changes and the material proposed for adoption by reference is available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System, on the website of the Department of Education and Early Development at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm, and by contacting Linda Mattson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-465-2802. A copy of the material proposed for adoption by reference may also be viewed at the offices of the Department of Education and Early Development, 801 West 10th Street, Juneau, Alaska 9980l.
After the public comment period ends, the Department of Education and Early Development will either adopt the proposed regulation changes or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or decide to take no action. The language of the final regulation may be different from that of the proposed regulation. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected. Written comments received are public records and are subject to public inspection.
Statutory authority: AS 14.07.020, AS 14.07.060, AS 14.50.080
Statutes being implemented, interpreted, or made specific: AS 14.03.075, AS 14.03.120, AS 14.03.123, AS 14.07.030, AS 14.07.170
Fiscal information: The proposed regulation changes are not expected to require an increased appropriation.
Date: 12/18/19 /s/ Karen Melin Deputy Commissioner
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