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NCLB Liaison Team

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 liaison team authorization and meeting minutes for 2002-03.

Assembly Bill 312 (Chapter 1020, Statutes of 2002) External link opens in new window or tab., under the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, a state agency is required to provide notice of a meeting to any person who requests it at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. The notice is required to include a specific agenda that contains a brief description of the items of business to be transacted or discussed.

AB 312 would require that when the board provides information to subscribers on its Internet site, concerning an agenda item, that it provide the same information that is otherwise provided to board members, and would prescribe related matters.

Additionally, AB 312 would establish a 15-member liaison team, appointed as specified, to advise the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education on all appropriate matters related to the implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, would require the State Department of Education staff to assist the liaison team, and would prescribe other, related matters.

December 1, 2003 | September 8, 2003 | June 6, 2003 | May 5, 2003

April 3, 2003 | March 4, 2003 | February 4, 2003 | January 7, 2003

December 9, 2002 | December 4, 2002 | November 15, 2002

December 1, 2003 (Draft)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Friday, December 1, 2003

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg
Robert Nichols
Alice Petrossian
Cathleen Cox
Lee Angela Reid

Alternates Present
Dee Brennick (for Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg)
Paul Warren (for Robert Manwaring)
Christopher Downing (for Barbara Lockert)

Staff to the Liaison Team
Camille Maben
Diane Levin

Call to Order
Chair Chuck Weis called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. after it was determined that a quorum was present.

Approval of the Agenda
Chair Weis reviewed the agenda and changed the order of the Topics for Discussion and Action. Motion was made by Henley and seconded by Petrossian to amend the agenda. Motion passed (9-0-2 abstentions by new members).

Approval of Minutes
Motion was made by Petrossian and seconded by Downing to approve minutes from September 8 meeting. Motion passed (8-0-0).

Public Comment
This agenda item is included for the purpose of giving anyone in attendance an opportunity to ask questions or discuss non-agenda items with the committee.

Chair Weis opened the floor to public comment. No public comment at this time.

Report from the State Board of Education
Rae Belisle, Executive Director for the State Board of Education, gave an update on the following:

Topics for Discussion and Action
8.1 Report on Phase 2 of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
Bill Padia provided the committee with Phase 2 AYP results. Approximately 900 schools were in the process of correcting data for Phase 2. He also stated that the release of Phase 3 AYP data would take place January 22, 2004.

Padia reported he would be taking a proposal to the January 2004 State Board meeting for releasing AYP and API data together at the end of August.

Motion was made by Petrossian and seconded by Nicholas that "the AB 312 Committee recommends to the State Board of Education that as many of the components of the accountability system (preliminary API, AYP with subgroups, and graduation rate) be released at the end of August." Motion passed unanimously (8-0-0).

8.2 Impact of Subgroups on Schools and Districts
Bill Padia reported on the impact of subgroups on schools and districts. Alice Petrossian wanted to know what impact individual subgroups had on a school making or failing AYP, and she asked for an analysis of the impact.

8.3 Discussion of Proposed Changes to NCLB State Plan, Accountability Workbook

Padia discussed the proposed modifications to the NCLB workbook along with other AYP issues. Committee asked that Padia return in February meeting to further discuss proposed changes.

8.4 Update Report on AYP Appeal Process
Joe Barankin and Anne Just gave an updated report on the AYP appeal process, and reported that the majority of appeals are based on "participation rate."

8.5 Report on Highly Qualified Teacher and Professional Development
Bill Vasey gave a report on the draft NCLB Teacher Requirements Resource Guide. The regulations approved by SBE in November 2003 went out for 15 day comment and would become final in December if there were no additional comments.

Sue Stickel gave an update on the Reading First plan.

8.6 Report on NCLB and Small and Rural Districts
Barbara Dillmann, Siskiyou County Superintendent, reported to the committee on NCLB implementation issues for small and rural school districts. Superintendent Dillmann recommended that in order to help small school districts implement NCLB, the goal of CDE should be (wherever possible) to reduce administrative costs, paperwork, streamline information, and reduce the duplication of efforts.

Motion made by Linda Gonzales and seconded by Asssemblymember Goldberg that CDE consolidate the LEA plan and the CA Single Plan for Student Achievement for single school districts. Motion passed 8-0-0.

Motion made by Alice Petrosian and seconded by Jackie Goldberg that CDE consider regional or county cooperative plans be allowed to address duplication of effort whenever possible. Motion passed 8-0-0.

Motion made by Assemblymember Goldberg and seconded by Christopher Dowing for CDE to provide staff development for county office and district curriculum staff on acceptable Supplemental Services programs and practices. Motion passed 8-0-0.

8.7 Update on IDEA and How it Relates to NCLB
Alice Parker was not available for update.

8.8 Intervention and Sanctions - Alignment of State and Federal Program Update
Wendy Harris reported on the 9 principles of the SAIT process and how CDE is working to align the state process with the federal program.

8.9 Primary Language Testing
Geno Flores discussed the need for legislation to implement budget language to develop a primary language test.

A motion was made by Robert Nicholas and seconded by Assemblymember Goldberg that the liaison team urges CDE to submit legislation to implement budget language for AB 1765 (Schedule 11.5) for primary language test development. Motion passed (6 yes - 1 abstention - 1 no).

8.10 Legislative Update
Teri Burns discussed Title VI funds and the Governor proposed bonds on and its' impact of the upcoming school bond measure on the ballot in March.

8.11 Future Meeting Dates and Pending Agenda Items

The Liaison Team placed the following items on the agenda for the next meeting:

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at CDE building, 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, California.

Adjournment
Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at 12:25 p.m.

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September 8, 2003

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Friday, September 8, 2003

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Assemblymember Lynn Daucher
Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg
Lynette Henley
Robert Manwaring
Bob Nichols
Alice Petrossian

Alternates Present
Dee Brennick (for Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg)
Christopher Downing (for Barbara Lockert)

Staff to the Liaison Team
Camille Maben
Diane Levin

Call to Order
Chair Chuck Weis called the meeting to order at 9:11 a.m. after it was determined that a quorum was present.

Approval of the Agenda
Chair Weis reviewed the agenda and changed the order of the Topics for Discussion and Action. Motion was made by Goldberg and seconded by Nichols to approve the agenda. Motion passed (8-0-0).

Approval of Minutes
There was a blank name on the minutes. Motion was made by Goldberg and seconded by Nichols to approve the minutes from June 6 meeting. Motion passed (7-0-1 abstention).

Chair's Report
None given.

Public Comment
Chair Weis opened the floor to public comment and recognized one member of the public/audience.

Topics for Discussion and Action
A. California's Consolidated Application September Submission

1. Baseline Data and Performance Targets for English Learners (Mayer)
- Jan Mayer and Mark Fetler gave a report on Baseline Data Application for the September Submission.

Report from the State Board of Education
Rae Belisle, Executive Director for State Board of Education, gave an update on the consolidated application approved by CDE and USDOE, persistently dangerous schools, timeline waiver, released test date and AYP data, and Title VI spending plan.

Chair Weiss discussed that the special education community needs to look at tests.

Topics for Discussion and Action - Continued
A. California's Consolidated Application September Submission - Continued

1. Baseline Data and Performance Targets for English Learners (Mayer) - Continued
- Robert Linquanti (WestEd) provided school level data.

3. Baseline Data and Performance Targets for Persistently Dangerous Schools (Brynelson)
Wade Brynelson talked about how they plan on three activities: County Prevention Coordinator will work with ten schools; CDE Statewide Advisory Committee to reevaluate current policy; and will make recommendations in the January 2004 State Board of Education meeting.

2. Baseline Data and Performance Targets for Highly Qualified Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Professional Development (Vasey)
Rebecca Parker, Jean Treiman, and Penni Hansen gave a presentation in place of Bill Vasey and discussed paraprofessionals and professional development. There was a suggestion to have two consultants from Professional Development to assist large/small districts.

4. Baseline Data Graduation Rates (Padia)
B. Bill Padia discussed graduation rate data on pp. 22-23 of the Consolidated State Application September 1, 2003 Submission. Padia discussed California's performance targets and baseline data among high school graduate sub-groups.

C. Highly Qualified Teachers (Steentofte and Vasey)
Karen Steentofte discussed the review of the guidebook and proposed regulations.

Motion was made by Petrossian and seconded by Nichols that the AB 312 Committee recommends to the State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) that the Commission's action be revised so that the granting of emergency permits and waivers continues until the NCLB mandated deadline of June 2006; and that the Chair of AB 312 write a letter to the CCTC, SSPI, and SBE regarding the AB 312 Committee position.' Meanwhile, districts will continuously employ emergency credentialed teachers. Motion passed unanimously (7-0-0).

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Program Improvement (PI)
Communications Roll out (Maben and Padia)

Discussed the review of CDE's activities to inform local school districts and the public in AYP and PI.

Legislative Update (Burns)
AB 356 (Hancock)-Second grade testing amended to not include monetary award programs. Senate concurrence and goes to Assembly.

SB 722 (McPherson)-Hung up; SBE stated it is not important so bill will be brought up again in January 2004.

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Program Improvement (PI) Communication Roll Out (Maben and Padia)

Maben discussed Communication Rollout that includes a video and representatives from counties that will be used as trainer models to train in their districts.

Future Agenda Topics and Meeting Dates

Ideas for Agenda Topics to be discussed include:

The next meeting scheduled is November 3, 2003.

Adjournment
Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at 12:25 p.m.

The next meeting will November 3, 2003, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, California.

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June 6, 2003 (Draft)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Friday, June 6, 2003

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Assemblymember Lynn Daucher
Linda Gonzales
Lynette Henley
Michele Howard
Cecelia Mansfield
Robert Manwaring
Bob Nichols
Alice Petrossian
Jai Sookprasert

Alternates Present
Dee Brennick (for Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg)
Cathleen Cox (for Senator Bruce McPherson)
Christopher Downing (for Barbara Lockert)
Chris Mowrer (for Assemblymember Lynn Daucher)
Paul Warren (for Robert Manwaring)
James Wilson (for Senator John Vasconcellos)

Staff to the Liaison Team

Camille Maben
Diane Levin

Call to Order
Chair Chuck Weis called the meeting to order at 9:12 a.m. after it was determined that a quorum was present.

Administration of the Oath for New Appointees and/or Alternates
The Liaison Team welcomed Assemblymember Lynn Daucher, who was appointed by Assemblymember George Plescia; Linda Gonzales, replacement for Rae Belisle, State Board of Education; and Chris Mowrer, alternate for Assemblymember Lynn Daucher. Chief Deputy Superintendent Gavin Payne had sworn them in before the meeting.

Approval of the Agenda
Chair Weis reviewed the agenda and changed the order of the Topics for Discussion and Action. Motion was made by Henley and seconded by Petrossian to amend the agenda. Motion passed (9-0-2 abstentions by new members).

Approval of Minutes
Chair Weis reviewed minutes. Manwaring revised the minutes to change the office where Cathleen Cox represents from Senator Vasconcellos to Senator McPherson. Motion was made by Nichols and seconded by Brennick. Motion passed (9-0-2 abstentions by new members).

Chair's Report
None given.

Public Comment
Chair Weis opened the floor to public comment and recognized three members of the public/audience. Their names, what they represent, and their topic are as follows:

Topics for Discussion and Action
A. Update on AYP Submission to U.S. Department of Education
Rae Belisle, State Board of Education (SBE), gave an update on the AYP submission to the U.S. Department of Education.

Bill Padia gave a presentation regarding graduation rates, identification of small schools, STAR test, and the alignment of the state and federal system.

Break
Chair Weis called for a 10-minute break at 10:40 a.m. Meeting reconvened at 10:50 a.m.

B. Highly Qualified Teachers Requirements
Karen Steentofte gave a presentation on highly qualified teachers.

Motion was made by Henley and seconded by Howard to submit the paper to the State Board of Education. Motion passed (12-0-0).

C. Paraprofessional Qualifications
Bill Vasey gave a presentation regarding paraprofessionals. The Team wanted to emphasize greater support from SBE.

Motion was made by Henley and seconded by Sookprasert that the Board offer greater support from the Team's recommendations. Motion passed (12-0-0).

Lunch
Chair Weis adjourned for lunch at noon to reconvene at 1 p.m. Meeting reconvened at 1:10 p.m.

D. English Language Learners (ELL) Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs)
Jan Mayer gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding ELL and AMAOs. Robert Linquanti, Senior Research Assistant at WestEd, also gave a presentation.

No motion/vote was made.

E. Title VI Assessment

F. Update on Available Funding Sources for NCLB Expenditures
Robert Manwaring discussed both Title VI assessments and the update on the available funding sources for NCLB expenditures. There were discussions about longitudinal data to completely change their database and that SBE be reminded to expend Title VI funds.

Motion was made by Petrossian and seconded by ____________ to restate a previous position about the Team speaking to SBE and the California School Information Services (CSIS) to advocate CSIS. Motion passed (8-0-0).

G. Reading First Update
Terry Emmett gave a Reading First update.

H. Legislation Affecting NCLB

Adonai Mack gave a presentation on both Senate and Assembly bills that relate to NCLB.

Adjournment
Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at 3:08 p.m.

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May 5, 2003 (Amended)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Monday, May 5, 2003

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Judy Elliott
Lynette Henley
Michele Howard
Robert Manwaring
Bob Nichols
Alice Petrossian

Alternates Present
Dee Brennick (for Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg)
Cathleen Cox (for Senator Bruce McPherson)
Steve Henderson (for Jai Sookprasert)

Staff to the Liaison Team
Camille Maben

Call to Order
Chair Chuck Weis called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. after it was determined that a quorum was present.

Administration of the Oath for New Appointees and/or Alternates

N/A

Approval of the Agenda
Chair Weis reviewed the agenda and Lynette Henley requested that the issue of persistently dangerous schools be added to the agenda. Motion was made by Henley and seconded by Nichols to amend the agenda. Motion passed (9-0-0).

Approval of Minutes
Chair Weis deferred the approval of the minutes for the Team to review.

Chair's Report

No comment from Chair Weis. Robert Manwaring gave a presentation to the April State Board of Education meeting.

Report from the State Board of Education
Rae Belisle reported the State Board agreed with the Committee's recommendations that: the department should develop guidelines for the field regarding paraprofessionals, simplify the integration of the state and federal accountability system, and continue supporting the California Student Information System (CSIS). Ms. Belisle spoke on the need for the State Board to take action in June on California's definition of Highly Qualified Teacher.

Public Comment
Chair Weis opened the floor to public comment and recognized five members of the public/audience. Their names, what they represent, and their topic are as follows:

Break
Chair Weis called for a 10-minute break at 11 a.m. Meeting reconvened at 11:10 a.m.

Approval of Minutes - Continued

Motion was made by Nichols and seconded by Henley to approve the April minutes. Motion passed (9-0-0).

Topics for Discussion and Action
A. Teacher Qualifications
Karen Steentoft of the State Board staff reported on the work being done on the definition of Highly Qualified Teacher. The Committee recommended the State Board and the Department put out an advisory to the field regarding the definition of Highly Qualified Teachers and guidance on hiring. The Committee also asked that a representative from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing be at the next meeting to discuss the validity of the CSET as a test for subject matter competency and to discuss culminating activities, that are currently in course work in teacher preparation programs.

Ms. Steentoft also said she hoped to have a paper on the definition of Highly Qualified Teachers as it relates to veteran teachers within the next two weeks.

B. Paraprofessionals
No report given.

C. English Learners Issues
Jan Mayer gave a presentation on the Title III Accountability Issues. The State Board of Education's (SBE) task under Title III is to define annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAO) for limited-English-proficient (LEP) students. The AMAOs need to address: (1) gains in percentage of children meeting annual California English Language Development Test (CELDT) growth objectives; and (2) annual increases is the percentage of students attaining English language proficiency as demonstrated by the CELDT. Ms. Mayer will present the draft AMAO's in June for the committee's consideration.

D. Information related to the May 1, 2003 Submission of California's NCLB State Consolidated Application

Issue 1 - AYP/Accountability Update
Camille Maben discussed the May 1st submission to California's State Consolidated Application. Additional information on the Accountability Workbook was also submitted. The Department is awaiting a response from the feds. The next official submission will be in September 2003.

Issue 2 - General Comments
Wade Brynelson, Jerry Hardenburg, and Chuck Nichols from the Learning Support division outlined the process for identifying persistently dangerous schools.

Future Agenda Topics and Meeting Dates
Chuck Weis determined future agenda topics for the June 6, 2003 meeting as follows:

The July 8, 2003 meeting has been rescheduled to July 14, 2003.

Adjournment
Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at 12:11 p.m.

The next meeting will be June 6, 2003, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, California.

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April 3, 2003 (Amended)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Thursday, April 3, 2003

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Judy Elliott
Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg
Lynette Henley
Michele Howard
Cecelia Mansfield
Robert Manwaring
Bob Nichols
Alice Petrossian
Jai Sookprasert
Senator John Vasconcellos

Alternates Present
Dee Brennick (for Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg)
Cathleen Cox (for Senator Bruce McPherson)
Lee Angela Reid (for Senator Bruce McPherson)
James Wilson (for Senator John Vasconcellos)

Staff to the Liaison Team
Camille Maben
Don Kairott

Call to Order
Chair Chuck Weis called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. after it was determined that a quorum was present.

Welcome and Introductions
The Liaison Team welcomed Michele Howard, replacement for Richard Whitmore. She was appointed by State Superintendent Jack O'Connell and was sworn in by the Superintendent before the meeting.

Administration of the Oath for New Appointees and/or Alternates
N/A

Approval of the Agenda

Chair Weis reviewed the agenda and revised the order of the Topics for Discussion and Action.

Topics for Discussion and Action
A.  Teacher Qualifications - Highly Qualified Teacher Definition
Senator Vasconcellos and Assemblymember Goldberg discussed their meeting with Congressman George Miller, along with Linda Bond, regarding Assessment of Subject Matter Competence (handouts given).

Approval of Minutes
Chair Weis reviewed the minutes from the March 4, 2003 meeting. Motion was made by Henley and seconded by Nichols to approve the minutes. Motion passed (10-0-0).

Chair's Report
Chair Weis made a presentation to the State Board of Education regarding the actions taken by the Liaison Team during the March meeting. The Board took no actions on Liaison Team recommendations. Chair Weis will not be able to present at the next SBE meeting, therefore, Manwaring will present on behalf of the Chair and Liaison Team.

Public Comment
Chair Weis opened the floor to public comment. No public comment given.

Topics for Discussion and Action
Camille Maben discussed the Accountability Workbook with the US Department of Education and using the California High School Exit exam as a proxy for graduation requirements. To date, no letter has been received from the USDE regarding the findings of the Peer Review.

Chair Weis moved to Item #8, Topics for Discussion and Action.

Topics for Discussion and Action - Continued
B.  Paraprofessional Qualifications

Bill Vasey gave a presentation regarding the possibility of using a structured observation process to meet the assessment requirement for determining paraprofessional qualifications. Vasey's recommendation is that California develop and publish guidelines for paraprofessional assessment that would include the options of using specific commercial (widely-used) assessments, structured observations, and interviews.

No action needed from the Liaison Team since this needs to be adopted by SBE. CDE staff will follow-up.

Break
Chair Weis called for a 10-minute break at 10:30 a.m. Meeting reconvened at 10:45 a.m.

C.  Items Related to the Next Submission of California's NCLB Application Due to the U.S. Department of Education on May 1, 2003
Issue 2 - AYP Baseline Data
Wendy Harris gave a presentation regarding California's Consolidated State Application on Evidence of a Single Accountability System (Alignment of State and Federal Systems) - [Consolidated State Application, page 24].

Robert Manwaring gave a presentation on the Integration of State and Federal Accountability Programs (handout given). He suggested keeping the Academic Performance Index (API) in place to measure growth, and build upon the High Priority Schools Grant Program (HPSGP) model at the district level.

Issue 1 - Setting Baseline Targets
Eric Crane gave a presentation regarding California's Consolidated State Application on AYP Baseline Data - [Consolidated State Application, page 9]. Rachel Perry clarified questions from the Liaison Team.

Some Liaison Team members suggested that the state accountability system be simplified using the API (growth-based) and AYP (status) system, and the state - legislative action or not - seek to simplify so that districts can comply.

Lunch
Chair Weis adjourned for lunch at 11:54 a.m. to reconvene at 1 p.m.

Reconvene
Chair Weis reconvened the meeting at 1:05 p.m.

Issue 1 - Setting Baseline Targets - Continued
Motion was made by Manwaring and seconded by Nichols to integrate the various state interventions programs. Motion passed (7-0-0).

Motion was made by Nichols and seconded by Mansfield that the Liaison Team recommends that there should be a greater focus on developing capacity at the district-level for school support and interventions. Motion passed (7-0-0).

Motion was made by Manwaring and seconded by Henley suggesting to the SBE to pursue allowing CDE to assign a "best estimate" API for certain schools. Motion passed (9-0, 2 abstentions).

A number of members expressed concern about the star rating, including the use of the term "star," that it will confuse school districts, there will be potential volatility, that it awards the rich and penalizes the poor, and will be difficult to explain to the public-at-large. It was suggested that the term "star" be changed to something else and that the way the API and AYP are integrated should be simplified.

Motion was made by Manwaring and seconded by Mansfield to reduce the level of detail that is currently included in the material that has been developed for the May 1st NCLB Consolidated State Application submission. Motion passed (11-0-0).

Eric Crane gave a presentation regarding California's Consolidated State Application on Setting State Targets - [Consolidated State Application, page 6]. The Liaison Team requested that CDE furnish the cut points for proficient and advanced (for NCLB purposes) on the exit exam, and explain how the accountability procedures will treat a student's CAHSEE score that is both above the proficient cut with modifications.

Issue 4 - Detailed timeline for adopting academic content standards/grade-level expectations in science.
Bill Tarr of CDE gave a presentation about the timeline for establishing grade-level expectations in science.

Issue 8 - Establishing standards and a measurable objective for English proficiency
Jan Mayer gave a presentation regarding Title III accountability issues.

D.  NCLB Data Collection
Nancy Sullivan gave a presentation that in order to comply with NCLB, California must have access to longitudinal pupil data to assess the long-term value of its educational investments and programs, and provide a research basis for improving pupil performance (handout given). Currently, the Department of Finance has not provided spending authority for expanding CSIS. This year, $6.9 million has been earmarked but only $460,000 has been released/approved.

Motion was made by Petrossian and seconded by Elliott to recommend to SBE to support the continued implementation of CSIS. Motion passed (11-0-0).

Any Topics Related to the Implementation of NLCB
Reading First lawsuit was discussed.

Determine Future Agenda Topics/Meeting Dates

Adjournment
Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at 2:54 p.m.

The next meeting will be May 5, 2003, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, California.

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March 4, 2003 (Amended)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Rae Belisle
Judy Elliott
Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg
Lynette Henley
Barbara Lockert
Robert Manwaring
Robert Nichols
Alice Petrosian
Jai Sookprasert
Senator John Vasconcellos

Alternates Present
Dee Brennick (for Assemblywoman Goldberg)
Cathleen Cox (for Senator McPherson)
Lee Angela Reid (for Senator Bruce McPherson) James Wilson (for Senator Vasconcellos)

Staff to the Liaison Team
Camille Mabe

Call to Order
Chair Chuck Weis called the meeting to order at 9:03 a.m. after it was determined that a quorum was present.

Welcome and Introductions
Camille Maben discussed the Local Education Agency Plan that is now on the CDE's Web site as well as the Peer Review meeting on February 26, 2003.

Camille Maben reported that Richard Whitmore has resigned from the Liaison Team due to a conflict with his employment.

Administration of the Oath for New Appointees and/or Alternates

N/A

Approval of the Agenda
Chair Weis reviewed the agenda and revised the order of the Topics for Discussion and Action. Motion was made by Judy Elliott and seconded by Lynette Henley for approval of the agenda as revised. Motion passed (11-0-0).

Approval of Minutes
Chair Weis reviewed the revised minutes from December 4, 2002 meeting.

Dee Brennick made a revision from the February 4, 2003 minutes. The Liaison Team recommended that any revisions made to future minutes be done in "italics."

Motion was made by Lynette Henley and seconded by Assemblymember Goldberg to approve the minutes from December 4, 2002 and February 4, 2003, respectively. Motion passed (11-0-0).

Public Comment
Chair Weis opened the floor to public comment and recognized three members of the public. Their names, agencies they represent, and their topic are as follows:

Topics for Discussion and Action
Chair Weis moved to Item #7, Topics for Discussion and Action.

Issue 1 - Definition of Students with Disabilities
Alice Parker (CDE) gave an informational PowerPoint presentation.

Break
Chair Weis called for a 5-minute break at 10 a.m. Meeting reconvened at 10:07 a.m.

Issue 2 - Definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher
Karen Steentofte (State Board), Linda Bond (CTC), Bill Vasey (CDE), Dale Janson (CTC), and Jean Jackson (CTC) all gave their presentation (handout given).

Motion was made by Alice Petrossian and seconded by Lynette Henley to recommend that both Senator Vasconcellos and Assemblymember Goldberg speak with appropriate members of the House (e.g. Congressman George Miller) regarding highly qualified teachers. Motion passed (11-0-0).

Lunch
Chair Weis adjourned for lunch at 11:56 a.m. to reconvene meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Reconvene
Chair Weis reconvened the meeting at 1:06 p.m.

Issue 2 - Definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher - Continued
A motion was made by Robert Nichols and seconded by Lynette Henley that the Liaison Team support a Highly Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation system based on the current Stull Act Evaluation system and the California Standards for the Teaching Profession for veteran teachers who do not meet the conditions listed in NCLB to become NCLB compliant. Motion passed (11-0-0).

A substitute motion was made by Senator Vasconcellos and seconded by Lynette Henley to refer this concept to staff for further development. Motion passed (11-0-0).

A motion was made by Robert Manwaring and seconded by Dee Brennick that the Liaison Team oppose using student test scores as a basis on highly qualified teachers, and that it not be included on the list. Motion failed (5-5, 1 abstention).

Issue 3 - Paraprofessional's Qualifications

Bill Vasey gave testimony on Title I paraprofessional requirements (handout given).

1.0 Two years of study at an institution of higher education
A motion was made by Senator Vasconcellos and seconded by Jai Sookprasert that the Liaison Team recommend Credit Hours Option 3, that the number of credit hours required be standardized statewide at 48 semester units, which is one of the options considered in the USDOE Guidance. Motion passed (9-1, 1 abstention).

A motion was made by Jai Sookprasert and seconded by Robert Manwaring that the Liaison Team recommend Coursework Option 1 , that the State allow local flexibility in the coursework required.

2.0 Paraprofessional Assessment
A motion was made by Senator Vasconcellos and seconded by Jai Sookprasert that no adoption would be made at this time for the Assessment Selection Option section and that further options are made. Motion passed (11-0-0).

A motion was made by Jai Sookprasert and seconded by Barbara Lockert that the Liaison Team recommend Assessment Rigor Option 2 , that the issue of rigor and grade level of the assessment be determined by each LEA. Motion passed (10-0, 1 abstention).

3.0 "Portability" of a paraprofessional's qualifications
A motion was made by Robert Manwaring and seconded by Dee Brennick that the Liaison Team recommend Reciprocity Option 2 , that reciprocity with other LEAs be determined at the discretion of each LEA. Motion passed (9-0, 2 abstentions).

Issue 4 - School Accountability Report Card
Eric Crane (CDE) gave testimony.

Issue 5 - English Language Proficiency

Jan Mayer (CDE) gave testimony (handout given).

Issue 6 - Clarifying 2001-02 Program Improvement Data
Sue Stickel (CDE) gave testimony.

Determine Future Agenda Topics and Confirm the Date of Next Meeting
Robert Manwaring suggested that we look at data and get update information from Nancy Sullivan (CDE) for the next meeting.

The Liaison Team placed the following items on the agenda for the next meeting:

Adjournment
Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at 2:58 p.m. and announced the next meeting to be held on April 3, 2003, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The meeting will be held at 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, California.

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February 4, 2003 (Amended)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Rae Belisle
Judy Elliott
Lynette Henley
Robert Manwaring
Bob Nichols
Alice Petrosian
Jai Sookprasert

Alternates Present
Dee Brennick (for Assemblywoman Goldberg)
Cathleen Cox (for Senator McPherson)
James Wilson (for Senator Vasconcellos)

Staff to the Liaison Team
Camille Maben
Don Kairott

Call to Order
Chair Chuck Weis called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. after it was determined that a quorum was present.

Approval of the Agenda
Chair Weis reviewed the agenda. Motion was made by Jai Sookprasert and seconded by Alice Petrossian to approve the agenda. Motion passed (10-0-0).

Approval of Minutes
Chair Weis reviewed the minutes from January 7, 2003 meeting. Motion was made by Robert Manwaring and seconded by Alice Petrossian. Motion passed (10-0-0).

Rae Belisle commented on the December 4, 2002 minutes and was concerned that the language in the minutes was misleading, in that statements and comments by members were construed as factual rather than "comments." Belisle recommended that minutes be relegated to motions. The committee recommended amending the minutes. Motion was made by Robert Manwaring and seconded by Alice Petrossian to recommend that minutes hereto will include motions. Motion passed (10-0-0).

Public Comment
Chair Weis opened the floor to public comment and recognized 10 members of the public. The names, which they represent, and the topic are as follows:

Topics for Discussion and Action
Chair Weis moved to Item #7, Topics for Discussion and Action.

Bill Padia gave testimony.

Break
Chair Weis called for a 5-minute break. Meeting reconvened at 10:45 a.m.

Issue 1 - Definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher
Bill Vasey gave a presentation on highly qualified teachers.

Linda Bond, State Board of Education, gave testimony (handout given).

Lunch
Chair Weis adjourned for lunch at 12:05 p.m. to reconvene meeting at 1 p.m.

Reconvene
Chair Weis reconvened the meeting at 1:05 p.m.

Issue 2 - Paraprofessional's Qualifications
Bill Vasey gave testimony.

Issue 3 - Reading First
A motion was made by Robert Manwaring and seconded by Dee Brennick to recommend that, in the next application cycle, the State Board of Education amend California's Reading First application to include interim adoption instructional materials as authorized by AB 2519. Motion passed (7-0, 2 abstentions).

A motion was made by Dee Brennick and seconded by Lynette Henley to recommend that the State Board of Education amend California's Reading First application to include the provision of professional development funding for all Proposition 227 bilingual waiver class. Motion passed (9-0, 1 abstention).

Issue 4 - Definition of English Language Learners and Redesignated FEPs Subgroups
A motion was made by Dee Brennick and seconded by Jai Sookprasert to recommend that, for the purpose of federal reporting of Limited English Proficient (LEP) student's subgroup, both Redesignated Fully English Proficient (RFEP) students and English Language Learners (ELL) are included. ELL and RFEP students will be monitored separately for school planning purposes. Motion passed (8-0, 1 abstention).

The Committee placed the following items on the agenda for the next meeting on March 4, 2003:

The Committee recommended staff recommendations of Item #3; State Board of Education Last Minute Memorandum (blue) dated February 5, 2003. A motion was made by Lynette Henley and seconded by Cathleen Cox. Motion passed (9-0-0).

Adjournment
Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at 3:03 p.m. and announced the next meeting to be held on March 4, 2003, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The meeting will be held at 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, California.

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January 7, 2003

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1801
Sacramento, California

Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Rae Belisle
Assemblywoman Goldberg
Lynette P. Henley
Barbara Lockert
Cecelia Mansfield
Robert Manwaring
Robert (Bob) Nichols
Alice Petrossian
Jai Sookparasert
Senator Vasconcellos
Richard Whitmore

Alternates Present

Dee Brennick for Assemblywoman Goldberg
Cathleen Cox for Senator McPherson
Lisa Horwitch for Senator Vasconcellos
Lee Angela Reid for Senator McPherson

Principal Staff to the Liaison Team
Camille Maben

Call to Order
Chuck Weis called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. Introductions of members and alternates took place.

Approval of Minutes
Chair Weis reviewed actions/minutes from December 4, 2002 meeting. Approval of minutes was postponed to the February 4, 2003 meeting, to allow Team members to review.

Action/Information Items
Item #4
Chair Weis directed the committee to Item 4 and introduced Bill Padia, Division Director for the Policy and Evaluation Division. Bill opened the discussion regarding the definition of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). He referred to the State Board Item, "Last Minute Blue Item #3". The committee discussed both Options 3 and 4. Bill also reported on a conversation held with the United States Department of Education (USDOE) in regard to the definition of AYP. He reported that the USDOE believed Option 4 was not a viable option. The committee agreed to table further discussion and decision on AYP to later in the meeting.

Item #5
Chair Weiss moved to item #5, Public Discussion. Speakers included "Californians Together": Mary Hernandez, Marie Steward, Gabriel Medel, Martha Zaragoza-Diaz, Christina Wong, Liz Guillen, Lupe Buell, Francisco Estrada, Eva Pacheco and Cristina Huezo. Testimony is attached.

Francisca Sanchez, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the San Bernardino County Office of Education, addressed the committee regarding Reading First program and Web site. Senator Vasconcellos and Assemblywoman Goldberg also expressed concerns. Chair Weis asked the CDE staff at meeting to check into this and report back to the committee.

Break
Chair Weiss called for a 10-minute break. Meeting reconvened at 10:25 a.m.

Item #4
Discussion continued on the definition of AYP. Committee discussed Options 1-4 and narrowed down to Options 3 and 4.

Motion was made by Lynette Henley and seconded by Cecelia Mansfield to recommend approval of Option 4 to the State Board of Education (SBE). Motion failed. (5 -5, 3 abstentions)

Motion was made by Rae Belisle, seconded by Richard Whitmore to recommend approval of Option 3 to the SBE. Motion failed. (5-3, 5 abstentions) Chair Weis adjourned meeting for lunch at 11:50 a.m. and reconvened at 12:55 p.m.

Item #4
Chair Weis directed discussion back to board item "Last Minute Blue # 3, issues 1 - 11. The committee made the following recommendations:

Issue 1
Adoption of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as the core knowledge assessment in English language arts and mathematics at the high school level under NCLB

CDE recommends that the SBE adopt the CAHSEE as the core knowledge test for grades 10-12.

Committee voted to approve staff recommendation. (12 -1)

Issue 2
Accountability for schools with fewer students than the minimum subgroup size

CDE recommends that the scores of schools like this be rolled into the district accountability measure

Committee voted to approve staff recommendation. (13-0)

Issue 3
Maintenance of the Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) as the accountability mechanism under NCLB for schools that serve students for less than a full academic year

CDE recommends that ASAM schools be treated in the same manner as all other public schools and be included in the single statewide accountability system

Committee voted to approve staff recommendation. (13-0)

Issue 4
Modification of the current mobility exclusion from district to school to match new NCLB requirements

CDE recommends that California make this change to the mobility definition for the API to conform to the new requirements of NCLB.

Committee voted to approve recommendation (13-0).

Issue 5
Addition of the two new NCLB required subgroups (students with disabilities and English Learner students) to California's Accountability system

CDE recommends that these two new subgroups be added to the API.

Committee voted to approve recommendation (13-0).

Issue 6
Use of the CAHSEE as a proxy for the high school graduation rate calculation as the required "other indicator" for AYP under NCLB

CDE recommends using combined pass rates (for reading/language arts and mathematics) on the CAHSEE as a proxy for the high school graduation rate.

Committee voted to approve recommendation adding that the proxy would serve as the graduation rate until a student information system is in place that would facilitate more accurate collection and reporting information on high school graduates. (13-0)

Issue 7
Increase of the required participation rate for high school from 90 percent to 95 percent participation rate requirements for all numerically significant subgroups

CDE recommends that the SBE increase the participation rate for high schools from 90 percent to 95 percent and approve the calculation of participation rates for numerically significant subgroups.

The recent guidance from USDOE indicates that the five percent includes parent opt outs.

Committee voted to approve recommendation. (12 - 1 abstention)

Issue 8
Determination of minimum subgroup size for accountability

CDE recommends setting the minimum subgroup size at 100 students.

Committee voted to recommend 50 students and 15 percent or 100 students. (12-1 abstention)

Issue 9
Methodology for determining district accountability

CDE recommends that the district accountability measure consist of a student roll-up on the same metric as the school.

Committee vote on staff recommendation was 4 yes - 9 no. Committee agreed to not make a recommendation to SAB on this item.

Issue 10
Definition of proficient

CDE recommends that the current "proficient" level on the CST's serve as "proficient" for NCLB.

Committee approved the definition of proficiency is at 10th grade students are to be on track for passing the CAHSEE and to vector back to elementary grades. (9-3)

Issue 11
Definition of Adequate Yearly Progress

CDE recommends Option #3.

Committee approved Option #4 with the following additions:

Motion passed 7-5.

The committee also voted to recommend to the Board that limited-English- proficient students shall be assessed in a valid and reliable manner and provided reasonable accommodations on assessments administered, including assessments in a language and form most likely to yield accurate data on what such students know and can do in academic content areas, until such students have achieved English-language proficiency as determined by a valid assessment. Such accommodations and primary language assessments shall be made available until such students have attended schools in the US for three or more consecutive years with an option for two additional years of need for accommodations or primary language assessment as determined by performance on a valid assessment.

Motion passed 9-3.

Committee placed the following items on the agenda for the next meeting on February 4th:

Adjournment
Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at approximately 3 p.m. and announced that the next meeting would be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on February 4, 2003.

The meeting will be held in room 1101 at 1430 N Street, Sacramento, California.

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December 9, 2002 (Meeting Canceled)

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December 4, 2002

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1801
Sacramento, California

Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Raeneen Belisle
Judy Elliott
Assemblywoman Goldberg
Lynette P. Henley
Barbara H. Lockert
Cecelia Mansfield
Robert Manwaring
Robert Nichols
Richard Whitmore

Alternates Present
Richard Bray (for Alice Petrossian)
Cathleen Cox (for Senator McPherson)
James Wilson (for Senator Vasconcellos)
Lee Angela Reid (for Senator McPherson)
Steve Henderson (for Jai Sookprasert)

Principal Staff to the Liaison Team
Camille Maben, Senior Policy Advisor to Superintendent Delaine Eastin

Call to Order
Chair Weis called the meeting to order at approximately 9:40 a.m. after it was determined that a quorum was present. New members and alternates were sworn-in by Leslie Fausset, Chief Deputy Superintendent.

Approval of Minutes
A motion to approve the November 15, 2002 meeting minutes was made by Belisle, seconded, and carried (14-0-0).

Agenda
Chair Weis directed the Team's attention to Item #5 of the Agenda and introduced Bill Padia who, with members of his staff, provided an overview of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Bill Padia introduced Rachel Perry who provided a detailed overview on the Standards and Assessments provisions in NCLB. Members of Bill Padia's staff then provided information about issues related to AYP that had been under discussion by the SBE.

Issue 1
Richard Fattig of CDE provided information about the incongruities in California's current accountability system and NCLB requirements.

Issue 2
Bill Padia introduced Bob Bernstein of CDE who discussed the issue of using student matriculation patterns to determine how well students are performing.

Issue 3
Eric Crane was introduced and he discussed the Alternative Accountability System (ASAM) within the context of California's Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA).

Issue 4
Bob Bernstein provided information about the definition of mobility and the mobility rules under NCLB.

Break
Chair Weis called for a ten-minute break at 10:40 a.m.

Reconvene
Chair Weis reconvened the Team at approximately 10:50 a.m.

Issue 5
Eric Crane provided information about the inclusion of subgroups in AYP.

Issue 6
Rachel Perry provided information about the High School Graduation Rate requirement.

Issue 7
Rachel Perry described the 95 percent participation requirement for students who take state assessments.

Issue 8
Eric Crane presented information about minimum sub-group size and discussed the relationship between subgroups making gains and incorrectly identifying schools for awards.

Issue 9
Rachel Perry provided information about district accountability requirements and consequences including student and school "roll-ups" into the API.

Lunch
Chair Weis adjourned the Team for lunch at 11:45 a.m.

Reconvene
Chair Weis reconvened the Team at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Issue 10
Richard Fattig presented information about a definition for proficient with the concepts of scaffolding and vectoring-back.

Issue 11
Bill Padia presented information about AYP and four options that are under consideration by the SBE. Members discussed the various simulations.

Public Comment
Chair Weis recognized three members of the public for comment: Bill Chavez, representing urban school districts (letter and handout provided); Gabe Jenkins of the Education Trust West; and Doug McRae, an education measurement specialist speaking on his own behalf.

Continuation of Discussion
Members discussed the various options for AYP and it was moved (Bray), and then later withdrawn, to support option #4 as the Team's first preference. Instead of voting on an option, members decided to wait on making a recommendation until information was obtained from the other "index states" (those states that have an accountability system in place that combines test results across content areas.)

Adjournment
Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at approximately 3 p.m. and announced that the next meeting would be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on January 7, 2003.

The meeting will be held in room 1101 at 1430 N Street, Sacramento, California.

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November 15, 2002

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1801
Sacramento, California

Friday, November 15, 2002

Members Present
Charles Weis, Chair
Raeneen Belisle
Judy Elliott
Lynette P. Henley
Robert Manwaring
Alice Petrossian
Rick Simpson
Jai Sookprasert
Richard Whitmore

Alternates Present
Lisa Horwitch (for Senator Vasconcellos)
Dee Brennick (for Assemblywoman Goldberg)

Principal Staff to the Liaison Team
Camille Maben, Senior Policy Advisor to Superintendent Delaine Eastin

Call to Order
Donald Kairott, Department Coordinator for No Child Left Behind, convened the inaugural meeting of the AB 312 NCLB Liaison Team at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2002. Camille Maben, principal staff to the Liaison Team, was unable to attend due to a family matter.

Introductions
Dr. Mary Jane T. Pearson, Secretary's Representative for Region IX was introduced as a special guest and resource to the Team. Team members then introduced themselves.

Administration of Oath
Chief Deputy Superintendent Scott Hill administered the oath to appointees and one alternate. These individuals include:

Members
Alice Petrossian and Richard Whitmore (State Superintendent of Public Instruction appointees)
Rae Belisle and Charles Weis (State Board of Education appointees)
Robert Manwaring (Legislative Analyst Office appointee)
Judy Elliott and Jai Sookprasert (Senate Committee on Rules appointee)
Rick Simpson (Assembly Speaker appointee)

Alternates
Lisa Horwitch (alternate for Sen. John Vasconcellos)
Dee Brennick (alternate for Assemblywoman Goldberg)
Other appointees and alternates are yet to be named.

Agenda
Following a review of the material that was provided in team member's packets, Mr. Kairott provided a brief overview of the relevant sections of Assembly Bill 312 including the intent and charge to the NCLB Liaison Team. The charge requires that the NCLB Liaison Team make recommendations to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education regarding the implementation and promulgation of regulations to ensure timely compliance of all schools with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA).

Debbie Rury gave a general overview of the No Child Left Behind Act, the 2001 Reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The Liaison Team determined that their first priority is to develop recommendations for consideration by the State Board of Education and the SSPI regarding Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP.) This topic will be the focus of the NCLB Liaison Team meeting on December 4, 2002. It is intended that the recommendations be drafted in time for consideration by the State Board during its December meeting.

Other potential topics for recommendations were raised by members, staff to the Liaison Team, and the public. These topics will be prioritized based on SBE time lines and dates for submission of information in the Consolidated State Plan per USDE deadlines:

Election of Chair
Dr. Charles Weis, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, was elected NCLB Liaison Team Chair by acclamation. Chief Deputy Superintendent Hill conducted the election.

Future Meeting Schedule
Proposed dates for subsequent meetings are as follows: The second NCLB Liaison Team meeting will be held on December 4, 2002 in Room 1101 at CDE headquarters. If it is determined that a follow-up meeting is needed prior to the SBE meeting on December 11 and 12, 2002, the follow-up meeting will be held in Sacramento on December 9, 2002, in a location to be decided.

Subsequent Meeting Dates

Assignments for the December Meeting
It was suggested that the Team read information related to AYP in preparation for a discussion about this topic during the meeting on December 4, 2002. In addition to the information that was provided in the packet, Bill Padia will mail copies of the AYP related State Board materials from the September, October and November 2002.

Public Comment
It was suggested that the needs of English language learners be included as a priority issue for the Team. Also, there was a request that certain data runs related to AYP be conducted. In response, it was determined that the Liaison Team members will receive the SBE December 2002 Board item on AYP including any additional data runs that may be developed.

Adjournment
Dr. Weis adjourned the meeting at approximately noon.

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