Regulations

Comment on Proposed Regulations

4 AAC 31.087

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with the Bond Reimbursement and Grant Review Committee established under AS 14.11.014, which may include the following:

4 AAC 31.087 is proposed to be added to

  • set terms of office for members of the committee;
  • describe how the terms of office will take effect;
  • provide a two-term limit of continuous service for members appointed under AS 14.11.014(a)(1) – 14.11.014(a)(3); and
  • define certain procedural rules for the committee.

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4 AAC 57.910

The department proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with fees for services of the Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums and requirements for microform of state records, including the following:

  1. 4 AAC 57.910 and 4 AAC 59.065 are proposed to be changed as follows:
    Increase fees for services at the Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums.
  2. 4 AAC 59.060 is proposed to be changed as follows:
    Set minimum requirements for microforms of state records.
  3. 4 AAC 58.010 is proposed to be changed as follows:
    Increase fees for admission and/or annual passes at the Alaska State Museum and Sheldon Jackson Museum.

A copy of standards proposed for adoption by reference at 4 AAC 59.060(b)(3) is available for inspection at the Department of Education & Early Development, 801 W. 10th Street, Juneau. Contact Eric Fry at eric.fry@alaska.gov or 907-465-2851 to arrange to see the document.

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4 AAC 04.205

The department proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with school and educator accountability, including the following:

  1. 4 AAC 04.205(e) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    2016 rather than 2015 will be the first year that school districts must adopt standards for educator performance based on student learning data.
  2. 4 AAC 04.205(f) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    Districts may use up to three years of student learning data from state assessments to measure educator performance.
  3. 4 AAC 06.815(a) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    In the base year of a new state assessment, the department will have up to 60 days after establishing proficiency scores to notify districts of their annual measureable objectives.
  4. 4 AAC 06.815(d) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    Annually by September 1 the department will report performance scores as compared to school, district, and state targets in the annual measureable objectives.
  5. 4 AAC 06.817 is proposed to be added as follows:
    The first year of a state assessment that requires new proficiency scores will be a base year for reporting and accountability based on those assessments. In that circumstance, the commissioner of education may limit new measures of school and district accountability, retain existing measures for a year, and reset timelines for reporting assessment results.
  6. 4 AAC 06.820(h) is proposed to be repealed because the topic would be covered in the amended 4 AAC 06.817.
  7. 4 AAC 06.820(i) is proposed to be added as follows:
    Students who are 0.25 full-time equivalent must be included in a state standards-based assessment only if the student receives instruction in the relevant subject and grade level.
  8. 4 AAC 06.895(b) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    A school shall disseminate to parents its report card to the public no later than 30 days after the department has given all necessary data to the school.
  9. 4 AAC 06.895(e) is proposed to be repealed because its topic is an assessment that has been repealed.
  10. 4 AAC 19.010(e), (f), (g), and (h) are proposed to be changed as follows:
    Delay the school year in which districts will first consider student learning data in evaluating educators; remove requirements that such data compose a certain percentage of the evaluation; and relax criteria for an overall rating of proficient or higher.
  11. 4 AAC 19.010(k) is proposed to be added:
    Require districts to implement a pilot program for incorporating student learning data into their educator evaluation system.
  12. 4 AAC 19.030(d) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    2016 rather than 2015 will be the first year that districts must adopt evaluation procedures that use student learning data.
  13. 4 AAC 19.055 is proposed to be changed as follows:
    Require districts to report annually the number of tenured and non-tenured educators who exceeded district performance standards, were on a plan of improvement, were receiving district support, were non-retained, were dismissed, and who resigned as a result of a rating of unsatisfactory or basic.
  14. 4 AAC 19.099(7) and (9) are proposed to be changed as follows:
    Clarify how student learning data applies to the evaluation of educators on special assignment. Define "teacher on special assignment."

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4 AAC 30.020

The department proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with student teaching, including the following:

  1. 4 AAC 30.020(a) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    Require students in state-approved teacher preparation programs to serve at least 15 weeks in a public school as a student teacher or in a supervised clinical practice.
  2. 4 AAC 30.020(b) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    Clarify that the regulation applies only to students who want to serve as a student teacher in a public school.
  3. 4 AAC 30.020(c) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    A student who wants to serve as a student teacher must pass a basic competency exam.
  4. 4 AAC 30.020(d) is proposed to be changed as follows:
    Teachers who supervise student teachers must have been tenured in an Alaska school district and meet or exceed state content and performance standards for teachers.

Question: Why is this regulation being proposed?
Answer: Alaska’s current regulations provide very few specific conditions for student teaching. Furthermore, some of Alaska’s student teachers are enrolled in teacher preparation programs outside of Alaska. The proposed regulation provides a few clear minimum expectations to guide any teacher preparation program that expects to place student teachers in Alaska: that a student teacher or participant in a supervised clinical practice serve at least 15 weeks; that a student teacher must first pass a basic competency exam; and that a teacher who supervises student teachers be experienced and meet the state’s professional content and performance standards.

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How to submit written comments

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.

Additionally, the department will accept comments by facsimile at (907) 465-4156 and online at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm. 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 no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 30, 2015.

How to submit oral comments

Oral comments may be submitted at a hearing to be held on June 4, 2015, at 520 Fifth Avenue, Fairbanks, in the first floor boardroom. 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 the above-named 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 http://www.alaskalegislature.tv/ beginning at 8:00 a.m. June 4, 2015, and 8:30 a.m. June 5, 2015 (audio only).

Persons also may comment at the oral hearing via the following Legislative Information Offices:
Anchorage, Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Mat-Su, Nome, Seward, Sitka, and Unalaska.

How to submit questions about the proposed regulations

You may submit written questions relevant to these proposed actions to Eric Fry at eric.fry@alaska.gov or Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Eric Fry, 801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500. The questions must be received by 4:30 p.m. April 20. The department will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions (without the person’s name) and responses available on https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm.

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