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History: Eff. 12/17/94, Register 132; am 4/20/97, Register 142; am 3/15/2007, Register 181; am 9/12/2008, Register 187; am 2/4/2011, Register 197; am 10/16/2012, Register 204; am 2/16/2013, Register 205

Authority: AS 14.03.015

AS 14.07.020

AS 14.07.060

AS 14.20.010

AS 14.20.020

Editor's note: Copies of the Guidelines for Preparing Culturally Responsive Teachers for Alaska's School and the Cultural Standards for Educators adopted by reference in 4 AAC 04.200 may be obtained by writing to the Department of Education and Early Development, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500.

4 AAC 04.205. District performance standards

(a) Repealed 2/16/2013.

(b) A district shall establish performance standards for each of the professional content standards set out at 4 AAC 04.200. In establishing its performance standards, a district shall discuss each of the performance standards set out at 4 AAC 04.200 that reflect attainment of each professional content standard. A district may

(1) establish a performance standard set out at 4 AAC 04.200 as one of its performance standards;

(2) modify a performance standard set out at 4 AAC 04.200 to accommodate district goals and priorities;

(3) combine performance standards set out at 4 AAC 04.200 to create broader performance standards; and

(4) provide additional or alternative performance standards to accommodate district goals and priorities.

(c) Repealed 2/16/2013.

(d) Performance standards established by a district shall be interpreted and applied in the context of the job requirements of the teacher being evaluated.

(e) Repealed 10/9/2016.

(f) Repealed 10/9/2016.

History: Eff. 4/20/97, Register 142; am 2/16/2013, Register 205; am 10/9/2015, Register 216; am 10/9/2016, Register 220

Authority: AS 14.03.015

AS 14.07.020

AS 14.07.060

AS 14.20.010

AS 14.20.020

4 AAC 04.210. Highly qualified teachers

Repealed.

History: Eff. 6/13/2004, Register 170; am 3/5/2005, Register 173; am 11/10/2005, Register 176; am 1/19/2006, Register 177; am 5/20/2006, Register 178; am 3/15/2007, Register 181; am 7/25/2007, Register 183; am 8/15/2008, Register 187; am 9/7/2012, Register 203; am 6/27/2014, Register 210; am 4/24/2016, Register 218; repealed 2/5/2017, Register 221

4 AAC 04.212. Objective uniform standards

Repealed.

History: Eff. 6/13/2004, Register 170; am 9/25/2005, Register 175; am 1/19/2006, Register 177; am 5/20/2006, Register 178; am 9/20/2006, Register 179; am 2/9/2007, Register 181; am 7/25/2007, Register 183; am 10/31/2008, Register 188; am 10/16/2012, Register 204; repealed 2/5/2017, Register 221

4 AAC 04.220. Paraprofessional standards

(a) A paraprofessional will demonstrate the ability to

(1) practice ethical and professional standards of conduct and continued professional improvement;

(2) understand how students learn and develop and understand how to assist in providing opportunities that support students' intellectual, social and personal development;

(3) understand the content areas and apply the elements of effective instruction to support teaching and learning activities;

(4) motivate and assist students to build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, and strengthen abilities in order to become more successful;

(5) understand the distinction between the roles and responsibilities of professionals, paraprofessionals, and support personnel in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation;

(6) adhere to communication protocols with colleagues, community members, and parents including following instructions, sharing information, and using interpersonal skills to become an effective member of the instructional team;

(7) understand and implement district and state guidelines for protecting the safety, health, and well being of students and staff, including the school district's crisis response plan; and

(8) utilize technology to assist and enhance teaching and learning.

(b) Each district shall ensure that a paraprofessional employed by the district in a public school in any grade pre-kindergarten through grade 12 has

(1) earned a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent; and

(2) met the standards set out in (a) of this section through an annual evaluation; an annual evaluation must consist of observations and interviews by district personnel qualified to evaluate paraprofessionals.

(c) Except as provided in (d) of this section, and in addition to the requirements of (b) of this section, each district shall ensure that a paraprofessional has met at least one of the following requirements:

(1) completed at least two years, or 48 semester hours or equivalent, of study at a regionally accredited institution of higher education;

(2) obtained an associate's or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution of higher education; or

(3) achieved either

(A) a score of at least 459 on the ParaPro Assessment, published by the Educational Testing Service; or

(B) the following minimum scores on the Higher Education Learning Profile, published by Educational Resources Incorporated:

(i) essential math, 54 percent;

ii) reading comprehension, 41 percent; and

(iii) written expression, 55 percent.

(d) A paraprofessional is not required to meet the requirements of (c) of this section if the paraprofessional

(1) acts as a translator to enhance the participation of English learners or students with disabilities,

(2) has instructional-support duties that consist solely of conducting parental involvement activities; or

(3) has only non-instructional duties, including providing technical support for computers, providing personal care duties, or performing clerical duties.

History: Eff. 6/10/2004, Register 170; am 5/18/2006, Register 178; am 2/28/2010, Register 193; am 10/20/2018, Register 228

Authority: AS 14.07.060

AS 14.50.080

Editor's note: The Alaska State Paraprofessional Performance Standards, adopted by reference in 4 AAC 04.220, and information on the ParaPro Assessment may be obtained by writing to the Department of Education and Early Development, 801 W. 10th Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500.

4 AAC 04.300. Standards for state accreditation of schools

(a) The provisions of this section apply to any public or private school in this state seeking state accreditation under AS 14.07.020 .

(b) The standards for state accreditation for a public or private school in this state are set out in Standards for Quality Schools, published by AdvancED as of 2011, and adopted by reference.

(c) A public or private school in this state will be accredited by the department under AS 14.07.020 (a)(6) if the school is accredited by the AdvancED Northwest after completion of the accreditation process, including the internal review and the external review.

History: Eff. 10/25/98, Register 148; am 10/16/2012, Register 204; am 4/4/2013, Register 206

Authority: AS 14.07.020

AS 14.07.060

Editor's note: A copy of the Standards for Quality Schools, adopted by reference in 4 AAC 04.300(b) , may be obtained by writing to the Department of Education and Early Development, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box 110500, Juneau, AK 99811-0500 or at http://www. advanced.org/webfm=hrzsend/288.

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