The State Board of Education advances education policies, which include approving regulations governing over 100 topics such as content standards, assessments, graduation requirements, educator evaluation, licensure and certification, among many others. A full list of regulations that the State Board approves is available.
Regulations are sent to the State Board of Education for final order from three entities:
- The Professional Standards Board (PSB): The PSB develops regulations with input from the Licensure and Certification Committee which makes recommendations to the full Professional Standards. Following approval by the PSB, regulations come to the State Board for action. All PSB meetings (including committees) are open to the public. Meeting information can be found here.
- The Delaware Interscholastic Athletics Association (DIAA): DIAA develops regulations with input from the Rules and Regulations Committee, and other DIAA committees, which make recommendations to the DIAABoard of Directors. Following approval by DIAA, regulations come to the State Board for action. All DIAA meetings (including committees) are open to the public.
- The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE): DDOE develops regulations with input from staff. In some cases, the Department may convene stakeholders to inform proposed updates. The Department of Education forwards proposed regulations to the State Board for action.
Public Comment Process
Proposed regulations are developed by the responsible entities (PSB/DDOE/DIAA) and published in the Register of Regulations on the first day of each month. Public comment is welcome for at least 30 days following publication. Deadlines and methods for providing comment are included with each regulation.
After the public comment period closes, the public comments are reviewed by the responsible entity (DOE/PSB/DIAA), posted online, and the responsible entity will review each comment and update the regulation (as needed) or state a reason for not addressing the proposed comment. The State Board considers all public comments submitted via the public comment process along with the responsible entity’s response to the comment.
State Board of Education Discussion and Action
The proposed regulation is typically placed on the State Board agenda during the month that a regulation is published in the Register of Regulations for discussion. Members of the public comment are welcome to provide in-person comment on a regulation during a State Board meetings. Public comment must also be submitted via written comment through the process outlined above.
Following the public comment period, and once the public comment has been reviewed and considered, the responsible entity (DOE/PSB/DIAA) may bring a proposed regulation forward to the State Board of Education for action. The Board may ask questions regarding the regulations or the public comment received. By state law, the State Board must consider the regulation on the record and new public comment cannot be received at that time.
To submit comments on proposed regulations, please see instructions in the Monthly Register of Regulations.