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Compliance Monitoring, Intervention and Sanctions (CMIS) Level C Accountability Requirements.

This text is the transcript of the narrated presentation for CMIS Level C fiscal accountability requirements.

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Title II Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act NCLB of 2001 or NCLB requires that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that do not have 100 percent highly qualified teachers in NCLB core academic subjects, must be monitored to ensure progress towards achieving 100 percent highly qualified teachers in NCLB core academic subjects. The California Department of Education monitors on-going progress towards 100 percent highly qualified teachers in NCLB core academic subjects via the Compliance, Monitoring, Intervention, and Sanctions Program or CMIS, which was approved in the 2007 Budget Act in line item 6110-001-0890.  CMIS collects and analyzes highly qualified teacher data and assigns monitoring levels, which are based on the number years that a Local Education Agency has failed to demonstrate that 100 percent of teachers in NCLB core academic subjects are highly qualified. 

The levels are: Level A, which applies to LEAs that do not have 100 percent highly qualified teachers in NCLB core academic subjects for one year; Level B, which applies to LEAs that do not have 100 percent highly qualified teachers in NCLB core academic subjects for two consecutive years; and Level C, which applies to LEAs that do not have 100 percent highly qualified teachers in NCLB core academic subjects and have failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress for three consecutive years.

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The authority for CMIS Level C sanctions is based on Title II Part A Section 2141 (c) of the No Child Left Behind Act or NCLB, which states that if the State educational agency determines, that a local education agency has failed to make progress toward meeting annual measurable objectives and has failed to make adequate yearly progress for 3 consecutive years, the State educational agency shall enter into an agreement with such local educational agency on the use of that agency's funds.

Please note that as of 2007 100 percent of teachers in NCLB core academic subjects must be highly qualified, therefore, this is the annual measurable objective

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As stated earlier in this presentation, the CMIS program is used to identify which LEAs are subject to Section 2141 (c) requirements. These LEAs are identified in CMIS as Level C and are notified on September 25 that they must enter into a fiscal agreement for the current year.

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There are two components to the Fiscal Agreement.  They are a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU, which summarizes NCLB section 2141 (c) legal requirements and a Budget Worksheet that is used to build a budget for the school year regarding activities that will occur to make teachers highly qualified.  Both are due to the California Department of Education on or before November 15 of each year.

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The MOU serves three main purposes. First, it represents agreed-upon activities.

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There are two general provisions with respect to Section 2141 (c) activities.  First, the local education agency must develop and utilize professional development strategies and activities to ensure that 100 percent of teachers in NCLB core academic subjects become highly qualified.  Second, the strategies and activities shall be developed in conjunction with teachers and principals.

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Professional Development for teachers includes but is not limited to activities that develop or enhance: content knowledge; subject specific instructional strategies; and class management.

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Subject Matter Projects include but are not limited to activities that provide high quality professional development for teachers and administrators in NCLB core academic subjects. These activities often take place at University of California or California State University campuses.

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Course work includes but is not limited to: payment or reimbursement of university or college course work directly related to acquiring highly qualified status.

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Test preparation and materials include but are not limited to: test materials exclusively related to acquiring highly qualified status and purchase of materials exclusively related to acquiring highly qualified status.

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Examinations include fees or reimbursement for examinations that will make teachers highly qualified. For example, California Subject Examinations for Teachers.

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Verification Process Special Settings or VPSS includes but is not limited to: direct payment or reimbursement of VPSS classes, training, and study materials.

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Professional development for administrators includes but is not limited to classes or courses in: organizational management; development of instructional programs; effective hiring practices; and collective bargaining.

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Recruitment activities include but are not limited to: payment for travel necessary to recruit highly qualified teachers and advertising materials designed to recruit highly qualified teachers.

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Certifications and stipends include but are not limited to materials and training regarding: National Board Certification in assigned area; Subject Matter Authorizations; and obtaining a Master’s Degree.

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Hiring and retention incentives include but are not limited to: hiring incentives; reimbursement of relocation expenses; and local Board authorized incentives for hard-to-staff positions.

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Next let’s focus on the fiscal provisions of the MOU.

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It is the responsibility of the local education agency to ensure that the fiscal provisions of the MOU are met.  The main fiscal provisions are: first, priority on the use of funds is given to activities that will make all teachers in NCLB core academic subjects 100 percent highly qualified; and second, if funds are not expended per the provisions contained in the MOU, the unexpended balance of funds will be billed.

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A budget worksheet must be completed by the local education agency which lists how much will be allocated in order to ensure that 100 percent of teachers in NCLB core academic subjects are highly qualified. The LEA is responsible for ensuring that all of the funds subject to the agreement are expended per the provisions of the MOU and budget categories.  The three main categories are professional development;  exam fees and reimbursements, which covers the actual cost of taking exams and test prep, which covers the cost of classes or courses to prepare for taking exams; and recruitment, training, and retaining. The budget worksheet is posted at the CMIS web site, which will be provided later in this presentation.

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Finally, let’s focus on expenditure and record keeping provisions of the MOU.

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The local education agency is responsible for maintaining expenditure reports and auditable fiscal records and making them available for review. Expenditures are reported via the Consolidated Application Part I and Part II expenditure reporting requirements.

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In addition to the general provisions in section 2141(c) there are some restrictions regarding paraprofessionals. Specifically, section 2141(c) restricts the use of Title I, Part A funds with respect to paraprofessional as follows: it allows hiring to fill a vacancy created by the departure of an existing paraprofessional.  It also allows additional paraprofessionals if the local education agency can demonstrate that a significant influx of population has substantially increased student enrollment; or that there is an increased need for translators or assistance with parental involvement activities.

It is the responsibility of the local education agency to keep records and make these records available for review regarding: existing vacancies; student enrollment; and any documentation that evidences an increased need for translators or assistance with parental involvement activities.

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If the local education agency again fails to make progress toward meeting annual measurable objectives by demonstrating that 100 percent of teachers teaching NCLB core academic subjects are highly qualified and again fails to make adequate yearly progress, the LEA shall enter into a Section 2141(c) agreement for the following year.

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Key dates include: November 15, when the Memorandum of Understanding and Budget Agreement are due back to the California Department of Education and December 15, when the MOU and Budget Agreement are approved by the California Department of Education.

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For more information please visit the CDE Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/nclb/sr/tq/tiicmis.asp

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If you have additional questions please contact Juan Sanchez at jsanchez@cde.ca.gov or 916-319-0452 or Jackie Rose at jrose@cde.ca.gov or 916-322-9503.

 

Questions:   Title II Leadership | TITLEII@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7331
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