California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Monday, May 5, 2003
Charles Weis, Chair
Dee Brennick (for Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg)
Cathleen Cox (for Senator Bruce McPherson)
Steve Henderson (for Jai Sookprasert)
Staff to the Liaison Team
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
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.
No comment from Chair Weis. Robert Manwaring gave a presentation to the April State Board of Education meeting.
State Board of Education Report
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.
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:
- Sunshine Sepulveda-Klus, Community Day School Network - discussed alternative education and the concern of highly qualified teachers and assessments (handout given).
- Jenapher Toller, PACT - discussed teacher qualification and alternative education, and gave testimony about the difference of teacher/student ratio at traditional schools versus alternative schools.
- Mary Toller, PACT - discussed teacher qualification and alternative education.
- Ken Sherer, Superintendent of Newark Unified School District - discussed teacher qualifications.
- Dan Sackheim, CDE consultant for Community Day Schools - discussed highly qualified teachers.
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 Possible 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.
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:
- May/September Submission
- Proficiency in English for English Learners, Title III Accountability
- Highly Qualified Teachers
- Intervention Levels - Integration of State/Federal Accountability Systems
- Update on Funding Sources (Robert Manwaring, LAO)
- Reading First
- Legislation Affecting NCLB
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.