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GACEC Meeting

DDOE Report
January 20, 2015
1.

Update on the Statewide Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)-Behavior/Social
Emotional Initiative:
PEERS: 6/8 Groups have turned in all Pre-Assessment data, 1 school (Gateway) completed the
curriculum and turned in post data. The 5 groups that have been observed have reached fidelity.
Other meetings with 7 schools are scheduled for January: Gateway, Brandywine -Mt. Pleasant
2 groups), Brandywine - Concord High, Brandywine - PS Dupont, Appoquinimink -- Redding MS,
Seaford - Seaford MS & HS, and Capital- Dover High.

ABC's of IEPS: 2 charter school trainings scheduled, currently in the process of scheduling with
Woodbridge School District (MOU signed) and talking with Brandywine & Colonial about best
ways to phase in training. Seaford and Capital will follow in the Spring/Summer.

PTR: 3 Webinars from Rose lovannone, University of South Florida are planned for January 21
for PTR Brief, January 28 for Administrators. Bi-monthly current facilitator networking meetings
are scheduled with the following districts: Caesar Rodney, Colonial, Red Clay, Brandywine,
Laurel, Smyrna.

2.

Delaware Positive Behavior Supports
The Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project held its second meeting of the 2014-2015
school year with the DE-PBS district coaches on January 13, 2015. Fourteen coaches,
representing eleven school districts, attended the half-day meeting. Project staff provided
coaches with updates on professional development sessions held during the fall, as well as
reviewed information regarding related data sources. In addition, coaches were given an
overview of the upcoming Tier 2: Targeted/Problem-Solving Team professional development
and were provided a tool to be used for intervention tracking in schools. Information was
provided on research-based alternatives to suspension and the group engaged in discussions
around strategies to support school communities in better understanding and utilizing such
strategies. Participants also brainstormed and shared social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies
currently utilized by schools in preparation for further technical assistance to guide school
teams' integration of SEL strategies into existing school-wide behavior support implementation
efforts. Coaches also identified topics that would be beneficial for professional development
modules under development for team leaders. Participants indicated high levels of satisfaction
with the meeting and shared that the information and resources will be useful within their
districts and schools.

3.

Update on SB229
DDOE met with members of GACEC last week to discuss the revisions to 923 and 925 of the
State Regulations in regard to ESY services for students who are 7 and have not yet begun to
read. (SB229). There was a difference of interpretation of the state statute. DDOE explained
how we interpreted the statute and how we were revising the IEP to include this provision.

During the discussions, it was brought to our attention, that the intent of the statute was to
provide a default for ESY services unless the IEP team decided it was not appropriate for this
child and provided documentation. DDOE and GACEC agreed upon the changes and the revised
regulations went to the Registrar for public comment on January 15 th . DDOE is preparing
training materials and an additional form for LEAs to use until the IEP system can be revised.
Training will take place in February at county and charter meetings. In addition, training
materials will be sent to all on the Special Ed Leadership Group members and posted on our
website. In addition, we can provide TA to anyone who requests.

4. ESEA Flexibility Waiver Request
It is time to submit a ESEA Flexibility Waiver Request. ESEA flexibility is necessary because w/o
it: we would be required to maintain a narrow view of school performance, all schools would
likely be labeled failing, districts would be forced to set aside about 20% of Title I funds for
mandated programs (districts receive — $40M annually), and the state would be required to bus
any child that would like to enroll at a different, higher performing school (3.5% = additional
$5M on $8.6M budget)
•Timeline for the ESEA Flex Waiver:
✓ Approved for ESEA Flex May 2012 for the 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Approved for ESEA Flex extension July 2014 for 2014-15.

Included amendments to address Smarter Balanced assessments and
better differentiate supports, incentives and consequences for schools
and districts

ESEA Flex renewal guidance released November 2014

Applications due by March 31, 2015

Renewal for 3 years through 2017-18

DDOE is seeking public input on the direction forward. Delaware is proposing the following
changes as required by the US Department of Education:

Use of new, multiple measure accountability system for capturing school, district and

state performance
Updating expectations for school performance to be more in line with Smarter
Balanced scores
There are multiple opportunities for public input:

ESEA Town Halls (one in each county and two online)

Public presentation of proposal in March

All documents will be available on DDOE website:
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/1942

PowerPoint, FAQ and methodology documents to be developed for new
accountability system

Series of stakeholder meetings

Email comments: DOEAccountability@doe.k12.de.us