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January 2003 Minutes

AB 312 NCLB Liaison Team Amended Minutes, approved February 4, 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.


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:

Chair Weis adjourned the meeting at approximately 3:00 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, CA.

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