The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in 4 AAC 06.065(a) of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with challenging courses, including the following:
- 4 AAC 06.065(a) is proposed to be changed by replacing "secondary students" with "students in grades nine through 12" to conform the regulation to the similar change in state law under Secs. 2-3, ch. 2, SSSLA 2015. Under that legislation, school districts are required to provide an opportunity to challenge courses only to students in grades 9-12, rather than to "secondary school" students. Under state law, a "secondary school" may include grades seven or eight.
The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with early literacy assessments, including the following:
- 4 AAC 06.713, which is proposed to be repealed. The intended effect of this repeal is to no longer require school districts to administer early literacy assessments to students in kindergarten through third grade.
The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with use of school district money to influence elections, including the following: the repeal of 4 AAC 06.135. The intended effect of this repeal is to remove a regulation that conflicts with a statute and regulation enforced by the Alaska Public Offices Commission; i.e., AS 15.13.145 and 2 AAC 50.356.
The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, including the following:
4 AAC 52.130(k) is proposed to be changed as follows:
- Add fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to the list of health impairments that may render a student eligible for special education and related services as a child with other health impairments; and
- Allow advanced nurse practitioners with certification in psychiatry or family practice to diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in determining a student's eligibility for special education and related services as a child with other health impairments.
The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with participation guidelines for statewide assessments, including the following:
- 4 AAC 06.775(a) is proposed to be changed as follows:
Adopt by reference the most recent edition of the publication Participation Guidelines for Alaska Students in State Assessments, that of December 2015, which has been updated to reflect changes in assessments for English language proficiency and science.
The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to amend regulations regarding a variety of matters related to teacher certification. The regulations implement legislation enacted in 2015 that requires additional teacher training. The regulations also revise certain endorsement requirements, modify certain content area examination requirements, reduce the number of required fingerprint cards, modify certain requirements for a highly qualified teacher designation, and make other technical and organizational changes and clarifications.
The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with teacher certification, which may address the following:
- Incorporating the training required by sec. 10, ch. 2, SSSLA 2015 (a new state law) into the certification requirements for initial applications and renewals, effective June 30, 2017. Training must address
- alcohol and drug-related disabilities;
- sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention;
- dating violence and abuse awareness and prevention; and
- suicide prevention;
- Providing additional options for content area examinations, including required scores, for the purposes of designating a teacher as highly qualified, obtaining a certificate and initial endorsements, and adding endorsements to a teacher certificate;
- Consolidating all content area examination requirements in a new section 4 AAC 12.407;
- Expanding the list of competency examinations to include the National Evaluation Series Essential Academic Skills, the SAT, and the ACT;
- Reducing the number of required fingerprint cards to be submitted with an application from two to one;
- Removing obsolete provisions such as the Alaska Teacher Performance Review and the transition to the current tiered licensure program from the previous teacher certification structure;
- Allowing for accreditation of educator preparation programs by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards;
- Modifying the requirements for a highly qualified designation for an elementary subject matter specialist and for seventh and eighth grade teachers;
- Specifying the fee for removal of a special education endorsement; and
- Additional technical and organizational changes related to teacher certification.
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.
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.
Written comments must be received not later than 4:30 p.m. on October 30, 2015.
Oral comments may be submitted at a hearing to be held on December 10, 2015, at the Anchorage School Districtâ€™s board room at 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage. The hearing will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and might be extended to accommodate those present before 7:55 a.m. who did not have an opportunity to comment.
You also may comment 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. For participation from Juneau, call 586-9085. This meeting will be streamed through the Legislative Information Office over www.alaskalegislature.tv beginning at 8:00 a.m. December 10, 2015, and 8:30 a.m. December 11, 2015 (audio only).
Persons also may comment at the oral hearing via the following Legislative Information Offices: Anchorage, 716 W 4th Ave., Suite 100; Barrow, 119 Bank Building.; Bethel, 301 Willow Street; Fairbanks, 1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308; Juneau, Suite 111, Terry Miller Building, State Capitol; Kenai, 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217; Ketchikan, 1900 First Avenue, Suite 310; Kodiak, 305 Center Ave., Suite 1; Kotzebue, 373 2nd Street, Pillautuq Centre; Mat-Su, 600 East Railroad Ave.; Nome 103 Front Street; Seward, 302 Railway, Suite 107; Sitka, 201 Katlian Street, Suite 103; Unalaska, 029 Airport Beach Road., No. 03-01.
You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Shawn Sypeck at firstname.lastname@example.org or Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Shawn Sypeck, 801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500. The questions must be received at least 10 days before the end of the public comment period. The Department of Education & 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 Comment Form below.
If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Ms. Shawn Sypeck at (907) 465-2802 or email@example.com not later than December 4, 2015, to ensure that any necessary accommodation can be provided.
After the public comment period ends, the Department of Education & 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.
This comment form is specifically for regulations. If you wish to make comments regarding current legislation, please contact your legislator directly. A complete list of e-mail contacts can be found at on the Alaska Directory of State Officials.