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Accountability Top Focus at January SBE Hearing

Dr. Kirst and Dr. Straus were both re-elected as President and Vice President of the board, respectively, and it was announced that Dr. Carl Cohn has stepped down from the board. His absence creates a second vacancy on the board. In other news, it was announced that both Diane Hernandez, Director of the Assessment Development and Administration Division and Christine Swenson, Director of the Improvement and Accountability Division are retiring.

The board meeting was one day rather than the usual two days, so members moved relatively quickly through the items.  The board only took significant time and action in one area – accountability.  The rest of the hearing centered largely on updates in three other areas – LCFF, assessment (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system), and CTE.

Accountability

California’s Accountability Workbook

One of the biggest debates during the hearing surrounded the proposed amendments to California’s Accountability Workbook, which is submitted to the US Department of Education, because of the impact on the 2015 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations.  Concerns were raised over how parents will view the results, particularly if, as expected, initial scores are low. After much deliberation, and some key amendments clarifying that the AYP determinations will be based on participation rates on Smarter Balanced Assessments and not Smarter Balanced Student results, the board approved the changes.

New Accountability System

The other item generating a lot of discussion and public comment surrounded the development of the new accountability system, or, what many call the “revised API.” The Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Committee (PSAA) has been working over roughly the last two years to address the mandates of Senate Bill 1458 (Steinberg), Chapter 577, Statutes of 2012, which requires that by 2016, assessments shall not constitute more than 60 percent of the high school API and that the remaining 40 percent must include other indicators such as graduation data and college and career readiness. The PSAA has met diligently, but has struggled with the best means to define career readiness.  In addition, LCFF, and the LCAP, have also added to the complexity of the issue by raising questions about how all the pieces fit together – specifically, how does the API, which operates at the state level, fit into a system defined by local control and the eight state priorities?

At the board hearing, both public and board comment further illustrated the difficulty in finding resolution as expressed concerns ranged from questions regarding ability to compare schools and districts across the state, how to truly define career readiness, where programs like Regional Occupational Centers and Programs were in the conversation, and whether an API for 2015-16 was feasible. After a lengthy debate, the board directed the PSAA and CDE staff to expand the involvement of stakeholders in the process, and to come back to the board in March with recommended options for: 1) moving the state accountability system from using a single index to using multiple measure to parallel the state priorities; 2) an alternative point scale for the new accountability system and 3) the most appropriate timing for the release of the next accountability reporting cycle. The feeling in the audience was that there is still a long way to go.

Local Control Funding Formula - Click here

For once, LCFF was one of the least debated items at an SBE hearing. With the new LCAP template complete and the development of the rubrics in process, there weren’t any actions the board needed to take other than to approve submission of a report to the Legislature on the status of LCFF implementation.

The report can be found here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr15/documents/jan15item05a1.pdf

Staff did provide an update on LCFF issues, resources and the evaluation rubrics that I have attached as a single document.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Update

National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) – Phase II Pilot conducted with total of 6,313 students who submitted test scores – 1,533 or 24% from California – largest from any participating state. Technical reports for the Phase I and Phase II Pilot will be available in the fall of 2015.

Spring 2015 Alternate Field Test in ELA and Mathematics – Item development continues. Educational Testing Service conducted a focus group of educators to gather information regarding types of items. One item review was held on December 2014 and another is scheduled for February 2015. The test administration manual and a training Webcast are scheduled to be released in March 2015.

Technology – The RFP for the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants (BIIG) created in last year’s budget to assist districts with the internet connectivity and infrastructure needed for the online state assessments, closed on December 8, 2014. The sites have been selected and 227 sites will receive a share of the nearly $27 million allocation.

Digital Library – Enrollment in the Digital Library, an online warehouse that contains tools and resources to support teachers in the use of formative assessment practices, has grown to 155,000 teachers from 4,980 school sites. The Library holds over 2,500 resources. CDE is working to further increase awareness and enrollment as access remains an issue.

Interim Assessments – The Smarter Balanced Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICA) are expected to be released in the next few days with the Interim Assessment Blocks, which assess smaller sets of skills, to be released on January 27, 2015. More information on the interim assessments can be found here: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/interim-assessments/. Reporting results for the ICA will be consistent with the summative assessment - providing an overall scale score, achievement level, and a claim score per content area/subject. ICAs are reported locally, not to the state.

Achievement Level Setting – The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium voted to approve achievement levels for the ELA/Literacy and mathematics assessments. The levels serve as a starting point for discussion about student performance but there are other measures that can also be used to help evaluate academic progress. More information on the achievement levels can be found here: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/achievement-levels/.

2014-15 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment Results – Individual student results will be reported as overall scale scores, performance levels, and as performance at the claim level. An LEA can view a student’s test results for a content area electronically within four weeks of a student completing testing through either the Testing contractor’s Test Operations and Management System or the Smarter Balanced online reporting system. LEAs will have access to both reporting sites. Individual Student Reports (ISRs), which will include test results for all Smarter Balanced and non-Smarter Balanced Assessments (science, for example), will also be provided. LEAs will receive the paper versions of the ISRs within eight weeks and parents can expect to receive them within 20 business days of receipt by the LEA.

Note: another resource, My Digital Chalkboard, a revamping of the former Brokers of Expertise site that contains among other items, tools for educators to use in the classroom related to the Common Core State Standards, can be found here: (https://www.mydigitalchalkboard.org/)

Career Technical Education

Career Pathways Expansion – CDE staff provided a detailed presentation on Career Technical Education in California, including history and status of programs and plans for future expansion. The full update can be found here.

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Assembly Takes First Look at Governor’s Budget

The Assembly Budget Committee met today for an initial review of the Governor’s proposed 2015-16 Budget. Unlike the more detailed Budget Subcommittee hearings that will follow, this hearing was comprised of an overview presented by the Department of Finance (DOF), with commentary and analysis by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). It allowed members of the Assembly to provide their initial impressions of the Governor’s proposal.

Some of the key takeaways include the LAO projecting that revenues in the current year will be approximately $1-2 billion higher than in the Governor’s proposed budget. If the LAO’s projection is correct they believe Prop 98 will require almost all of the additional funding go to education.

While good news for education, the LAO cautioned the committee to keep in mind that the revenue increase could be merely a temporary surge. If the Legislature and the Governor were to take actions that created a commitment on Prop 98 funds and future revenues weren’t sufficient to meet those commitments, non-98 programs could be hit particularly hard. Along those lines, the LAO said it was “wise” of the Governor to propose to allocate much of the additional Prop 98 funding as “one-time” funds, and urged the Legislature to create a larger reserve than the Governor proposed.

Responses to the Governor’s Budget from members of the Assembly were generally receptive and supportive of the increased support for education, but many urged consideration of additional resources for early learning, Career Technical Education and individuals in poverty.

In addition, Assembly Member Weber, chair of the committee, and Assembly Member Ting expressed concerns over a perceived lack of transparency in the allocation of the supplemental and concentration grants under LCFF and how to guarantee the funds are serving the students for whom they were intended. Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee did press the DOF on their language regarding school facilities.

We expect the Budget Trailer Bill language will be released during the first week of February and Budget Subcommittees to begin meeting shortly after to consider the Governor’s specific proposals.

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Governor Brown Sworn-in, Pledges to Continue LCFF

Usually, California Governors are sworn into office during elaborate ceremonies and a few days later provide a speech to a joint session of the Legislature called the “State of the State.” But today, on the first day of back to work for the Legislature after the holiday, Governor Brown found a way to make that process a lot more efficient by doing both at the same time. It was notably dialed back in terms of pomp and circumstance for a Governor being sworn into office for an unprecedented 4th term. It was the classic Jerry Brown style to which we have all become accustom.

The Governor’s speech put K-12 education and his landmark Local Control Funding Formula first among the substantive issues addressed. He also made proud reference to his efforts to pay off funding deferrals to schools along with other fiscal steps intended to put California on better financial footing. Once he made reference to these issues, he spent the majority of his remarks on other key problems and initiatives (heath care, criminal justice reform, and the environment).

We expect the Governor to release his January Budget proposal on or before Friday, January 9, 2015. Capitol Advisors Group will be out in the field with their Governor’s Budget Workshops later this month. You may register here.

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Update Bulletin on Prop. 39 Guideline Changes

The California Energy Commission met on December 10, 2014 and approved substantive changes to the Prop. 39 Guidelines.

The update bulletin summarizes the changes to the Guidelines which includes the following issues:

  • Changing the SIR calculation
  • Allowing EEPs to include multiple energy measures at one or more school site
  • Establishing terms and condition requirements on PPAs
  • Reminding that Prop. 39 is subject to prevailing wage oversight and reporting
  • Limiting the use of interest earned

A complete copy of the amended guidelines are available if you click here

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Senate Committee Chairs Announced

This afternoon, Senate Leader Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) announced committee chairs along with Senate leadership positions.

There aren’t many changes for education. Senator Carol Liu (D-Pasadena) remains the chair of the Education Committee. Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) will remain the chair of the Budget Committee and Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) will remain the chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance.

The highest profile change brings Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Los Angeles) as the chair of Appropriations Committee, the powerful committee that determines the fate of all bills with significant costs to the state.

Below is the complete list of Senate committee chairs and leadership positions:

Majority Leader: Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

Majority Whip: Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis)

Democratic Caucus Chair: Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino)

Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair: Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)

Agriculture: Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)

Appropriations: Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)

Banking and Financial Institutions: Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego)

Budget and Fiscal Review: Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)

Budget Sub #1 – Education: Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego)

Budget Sub #2 - Resources, Env, Energy and Trans: Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis)

Budget Sub#3 - Health & Human Services: Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles)

Budget Sub #4 - State Admin and General Gov: Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside)

Budget Sub #5 – Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary: Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley)

Business, Professions and Economic Development:  Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties)

Education: Senator Carol Liu (D-LaCañada/Flintridge), Chair

Elections and Constitutional Amendments: Senator Benjamin Allen (D-Santa Monica)

Energy, Utilities and Communications: Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego)

Environmental Quality: Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)

Governance and Finance: Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys)

Governmental Organization: Senator Isadore Hall, III (D-South Bay)

Health: Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina)

Human Services: Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)

Insurance: Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside)

Judiciary: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)

Labor and Industrial Relations: Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia)

Legislative Ethics: Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

Natural Resources and Water: Senator Fran Pavley (D- Agoura Hills)

Public Employment and Retirement: Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento)

Public Safety: Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley)

Transportation and Housing: Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose)

Veterans Affairs: Vacant

Joint Committee on Arts: Senator Benjamin Allen (D-Santa Monica)

Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)

Joint Legislative Budget: Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)

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FCC Raises Funding Cap to Finance Expansion of Schools and Libraries Wi-Fi Broadband Coverage and Capacity

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) met today and approved an order to raise the cap on the Universal Service Fund.  The higher funding cap for the Universal Service Fund will  finance the E-Rate program giving schools and libraries discounts on Internet access and  helping pay for the physical connections needed to expand wireless broadband service.

The FCC Commissioners approved the Order raising the Cap on a  3-2 along party line vote.  Chairman Wheeler with Commissioner Rosenworcel and Commissioner Clyburn voted for the order that would raise the Universal Service Fund cap by up to $1.5 billion annually.

The approved order also makes other changes, including:

  • allowing schools and libraries to pay large upfront construction costs over multiple years,
  • permitting program applicants to build high-speed broadband facilities themselves when doing so would be cost-effective and
  • matching state support for “last-mile” broadband with up to 10 percent of construction costs.

Retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., the author of the E-Rate program, said that when he and others created the program, they weren’t sure “where the future would take us.  The accomplishments of the E-Rate program over the last decade and a half are something we should all be very proud of, and I am confident we have only begun to see the promise of this program. Today’s action will provide generations of students the opportunity to compete in an increasingly interconnected and data-driven world, and ultimately lead them to brighter future,” he said in a statement.

The FCC in July made changes to phase-out funding for outdated technology such as pagers to allow more funding to be invested in the connections needed to expand wireless and broadband coverage and capacity.

The Universal Service Fund E-Rate will be using $ 1 billion in added funding to finance school Wi-Fi broadband expansion in 2015 for school year 2015-2016.   The change in the E-Rate cap will ensure that these additional funds will be available in future years.

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New Legislators Begin Work, Assembly Committee Chairs Announced

On Monday, newly elected members of the State Senate and Assembly were sworn into office, marking the official beginning of the 2015-16 Legislative Session. Today, the Assembly Speaker announced committee chairs. We expect to learn the Senate committee chairs soon.

New State Senators
New State Assembly Members

New chairs of the Assembly committees were announced this morning and are as follows:

            Accountability and Administrative Review: Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield)

            Aging And Long-Term Care: Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino)

            Agriculture: Henry Perea (D-Fresno)

            Appropriations: Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles)

            Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media: Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)

            Banking and Finance: Matthew Dababneh (D-Los Angeles)

            Budget: Shirley Weber (D-San Diego)

            Business, Professions and Consumer Protection: Susan Bonilla (D-Concord)

            Education: Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach)

            Elections and Redistricting: Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Culver City)

            Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials: Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville)

            Governmental Organization: Adam Gray (D-Merced)

            Health: Rob Bonta (D-Alameda)

            Higher Education: Jose Medina (D-Riverside)

            Housing and Community Development: Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park)

            Human Services: Kansen Chu (D-San Jose)

            Insurance: Tom Daly (D-Anaheim)

            Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy: Eduardo Garcia (D-Riverside)

            Judiciary: Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley)

            Labor and Employment: Roger Hernández (D-West Covina)

            Local Government: Brian Maienschein (chair) and Lorena Gonzalez (vice chair)

            Natural Resources: Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara)

            Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security: Rob Bonta (D-Alameda)

            Public Safety:  Bill Quirk (D-Hayward)

            Revenue and Taxation: Phil Ting (D-San Francisco)

            Rules: Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park)

            Transportation: Jim Frazier (D-Oakley)

            Utilities and Commerce: Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood)

            Veterans Affairs: Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks)

            Water, Parks and Wildlife: Marc Levine (D-San Rafael)

As you will see from their bios, a remarkable number of the new members of the Legislature have a background in education, most having served on local school board at some point. There has also been a significant increase in the number of African American legislators, which is likely to expand the influence of the Legislative Black Caucus. Remember that most of the newly elected members can serve up to 12 years due to the new term limits (previously terms were limited to six years in the Assembly and eight years in the Senate). We think the longer terms will be a good thing for policymaking.

While the Legislature is officially open for business, don’t expect much in terms of policymaking in December. Most of the new members are busy moving into their offices and hiring staff. The pace will pick up in January.

With that said, a few legislators have hit the ground running, staking out territory on a number of key issues by introducing bills, or pledging to do so. We’ve been connecting with new members and staff trying to help frame and get a sense of what the major issues will be in 2015. Following is a quick summary of legislative issues that we see emerging in 2015:

  • School district budget reserve restrictions – The California School Boards Association (CSBA) is already successfully beating the drum with the press and legislative leadership to repeal last year’s budget deal to limit school district reserves in future years.
  • University of California (UC) tuition – Governor Brown, Speaker Atkins, and Senate leader de Leon have all publicly weighed in with various proposals to prevent increases in UC student tuition.
  • Preschool expansion – Newly elected Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) is looking to expand Preschool in California and has AB 47.
  • Minimum wage increase – There are several legislative proposals seeking to increase the minimum wage.
  • Age of consent  – Several bills have been introduced attempting to better define the age of consent for sex. The legislative interest stems from a LAUSD case of sexual conduct between a teacher and a 14-year old. Members from both parties have legislation on the issue.

The Legislature will reconvene on January 5. We expect the Governor to release his January Budget Proposal on or before January 9.

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LAO: Prop 30 Expiration: No Cliff Effect, But Will Affect Schools

Over the weekend, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released additional information regarding Prop 30 revenues, including their future assumptions and prediction that the expiration of the temporary revenues will not cause a budget hole (often referred to as the “cliff effect”).

A reminder that Prop 30 temporarily increased the following:

  1. Sales and Use Tax (SUT) by one-quarter cent (January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2016)
  2. Personal Income Tax (PIT) rates for the top 1 percent of income earners (2012-2018)

Prop 30 was approved by voters in 2012 and made clear that the tax rate increases were temporary with the expiration dates clearly set in law. There are only two ways the current tax rates could be extended, either by a vote of the people, or if both houses of the Legislature pass an extension by a 2/3 vote. Because Democrats lack the 2/3 supermajority in both houses of the Legislature, virtually no one considers that a plausible option for extending the rates.

How Much Revenue Does Prop 30 Generate?

So far, the LAO estimates Prop 30 has generated the following state revenues:

  • 2011-12:  $3.5 billion (PIT)
  • 2012-13:  $6 billion ($5.3 billion in PIT and $700 million in SUV)
  • 2013-14:  $7 billion ($5.6 billion in PIT and $1.4 billion in SUT)

Going forward, the LAO estimates Prop 30 will generate the following state revenues:

  • 2014-15:  $7.4 billion ($5.9 billion in PIT and $1.4 billion in SUT)
  • 2015-16:  $7.4 billion ($5.9 billion in PIT and $1.5 billion in SUT)
  • 2016-17:  $6.9 billion ($6.1 billion in PIT and $800 million in SUT)
  • 2017-18:  $6.3 billion (all PIT)
  • 2018-19:  $2.5 billion (all PIT)

No Cliff Effect

The LAO claims there is no cliff effect as a result of the Prop 30 revenues shutting off. They say this is due to the design of Prop 30, where the tax rates shut off over several fiscal years. The gradual shutting-off begins in 2016-17, when the state will only realize six months of the additional SUT revenues and continues to wind down through 2018-19 when the last half of the additional PIT is collected.

It is important to note the most serious impact of the Prop 30 revenues shutting off is felt by schools. The LAO cites a particular effect on the Prop 98 minimum funding guarantee for K-14 schools, where the expiration of the additional revenues over the shutting-off period will contribute to slower growth in the Prop 98 guarantee. This effect is confounded by the LAO’s assumption that capital gains tax revenues will slow in the years after 2014.

The Politics

According to the LAO, if the Prop 30 tax rates are extended or made permanent the state would see an additional $8 billion in 2019-20, of which a significant portion would be required to meet the Prop 98 minimum funding guarantee for schools. This obviously has our attention in the education community and certainly our friends over at CTA, who are eager to convince voters that our schools are better off with the Prop 30 rates in place. There is no shortage of good arguments for additional funding for schools, however Governor Brown seems dug in on not supporting an extension of the Prop 30 rates. If Prop 30 tax rates are going to be extended, it is likely CTA and other potential campaign partners will need to launch a signature gathering campaign for an initiative on the November 2016 ballot asking voters to extend the current rates indefinitely or for some additional period of time.

Potentially complicating this effort will be the pent up demand for a multi-billion dollar school facilities bond in November 2016. Asking voters for both at the same time complicates the politics. We expect discussions to begin in 2015 and we expect there will be an effort to fuse the Prop 30 and school bond issues together into a single fix.

There is the potential for another solution to the problem. While the Governor has been publicly against extending Prop 30 tax rates, he has been open about his willingness to discuss comprehensive  tax reform. That could include serious consideration of a popular approach with voters: tax the super-rich (top 1%) at a higher rate (essentially what Prop 30 does). That approach could actually be better for schools as it is likely to generate the additional revenues in perpetuity. It could also create enough perceived distance between it and a school bond to potentially make it politically viable to both on the ballot – but the pollsters know for sure. Stay tuned…

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Good News for Schools – LAO Budget Outlook Released

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its Fiscal Outlook for the 2015-16 Budget today.  While the LAO is careful to note that long-term economic projections can be wrong (national or global events are unpredictable), the fiscal outlook for the state, and for public education in particular, is very positive.  We have attached the full report, and provide this brief summary LAO Fiscal Outlook 15-16:

2014-15

  • Revenues will be about $2 billion higher than estimated in this year’s Budget Act, with additional minor upward adjustments to prior years.
  • 98 Guarantee: As we’ve mentioned at our workshops, the good news for schools is that the 2014-15 Prop 98 guarantee will grow even faster than 2014-15 General Fund revenue, with about $2.3 billion going to K-14 schools.
  • 98 “Trigger” and One-Time Spending: This additional 2014-15 revenue is sufficient to pull the “trigger” to pay down all remaining K-12 deferrals (a little less than $1 billion) and still leave nearly $1.5 billion for other one-time purposes.  Expect to see a debate about spending for Common Core implementation, further paydown of the mandate backlog, finishing payment on the Emergency Repair Program (ERP), and perhaps money for continued CTE grants.

2015-16

  • Revenues and Budget Reserve: The LAO projects moderate growth in 2015-16 General Fund revenues of about 4%, and predicts that at the end of the year the state will have about $4.2 billion in reserves, almost all of that coming from the new Proposition 2 “rainy day fund” rules.
  • The Prop. 98 Guarantee in 2015-16 will be about $2.6 billion higher than the updated 2014-15 Guarantee, but because of a large amount of one-time spending in 2014-15, about $6.4 billion will be available for 2015-16 priorities.
  • Potential Prop 98 Spending: There will certainly be enough revenue in 2015-16 to continue to make strong progress toward full LCFF implementation.  There would be additional funds available for some of the one-time purposes noted above, but also perhaps for on-going solutions for ROC/P programs, adult education programs, special education reforms, school transportation funding reform, early childhood education and adjusting the county office of education LCFF model.  However, we expect the Governor to under-estimate revenues and propose significant one-time funding to avoid risk if there is an economic slowdown and the projections are too optimistic.

We will provide a more in-depth analysis of this budget outlook, including general economic projections and Proposition 2 (Rainy Day Fund) issues, after further review.

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State Board of Education Update – LCAP

On the second day of the SBE hearing, the main area of focus was on LCAPs. The board was provided a general update on LCAP implementation as well as the proposed final regulations and template for the LCAP.

Foster Youth Data Inclusion - During the update, CDE staff informed the board of their work with the Department of Social Services to form an agreement on the sharing of foster youth data and its inclusion in CALPADS. LEAs were notified in October to begin loading foster youth data into CALPADS. The board also received a review of the work being done by COEs, including the technical assistance being provided with regard to reviewing district plans and informing completion and approval of those plans. The guidance and assistance of CCSESA throughout this process was noted.  The presentation can be found at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr14/documents/nov14item13a3rev.pdf

LCAP Implementation - Charter Schools - In response to a request for additional guidance for LCAP implementation related to charter schools, CDE has posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). They can be found here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/lcfffaq.asp.

Plan Alignment - When the LCAP was first introduced, concerns were raised over the seemingly multiple and duplicative reporting required for state and federal funding. In response, the Plan Alignment and Coordination Project (PACP) was created to create alignment and eliminate unnecessary reporting. The PACP has completed its initial work identifying the various plans associated with mandated plans reports and other grant-related requirements and is now focused on four key plans for continued work: the LCAP, the LEA Plan (including Program Improvement plans and Title III Years 2 and 4 Plans), the Single Plan for Student Achievement and the Single School District Plan. The PACP is to provide a report of their findings in December and recommendations to SBE at the January 2015 hearing.

Evaluation Rubrics - Board members also heard an update from Jannelle Kubinec of WestEd on the development of the Evaluation Rubrics, including feedback from the field that can be found at: http://lcff.wested.org/category/evaluation-rubrics/.  Policy stakeholder feedback can be found at http://lcff.wested.org/category/evaluation-rubrics/. The first draft of the Evaluation Rubrics will be provided as part of an update to SBE in Spring 2015. Comprehensive information on WestEd’s involvement in LCFF implementation, including available resources, can be found at http://lcff.wested.org.

Electronic LCAP Template – Work has  begun on the development of an electronic LCAP template – we will provide more information as it becomes available.

LCAP Proposed Permanent Regulations – At the September SBE hearing, SBE adopted proposed minor changes to the LCAP regulations and template in response to public comment. With regard to the LCAP regulations, those changes included adding a definition of “parents” and modifying the definition of “consult with pupils” to clarify that such a consultation means a process enabling all pupils, including numerically significant pupil subgroups, to review and comment on the development of the LCAP. With regard to the template, the changes included a reordering of the template instructions to better align with the order of the template components; modifying the goal table to include the addition of a section entitled “Related State and/or Local Priorities” to facilitate linking goals to related state priorities; redesigning the annual update table to create consistency in reporting outcomes related to goals; and replacing “Actual Expenditures” with “Estimated Actual Annual Expenditures” in response to concerns that actual expenditures are not available before the required completion of the LCAP. Those changes were circulated for public comment and no further changes were proposed. SBE adopted the regulations and directed CDE to submit them to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The regulations are attached for your review.

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