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May 2003 Amended Minutes

AB 312 No Child Left Behind Liaison Team Amended Minutes.

Minutes

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Questions: Accountability & Improvement Division | ctiner@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0926 
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