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Year 2012

Correspondence from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson from 2012.

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December

Enactment of Senate Bill 1290
December 31, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the enactment of Senate Bill 1290.

California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls Student Logo Contest | Submission Guidelines (PDF)
December 28, 2012: Joint letter from the California Department of Education and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to California Arts Program Regional Directors and SkillsUSA California Graphic Design Teachers announcing the logo design contest for high school students participating in California graphic design programs.

Announcing the California Professional Development Summit
December 21, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators encouraging participation in the California Professional Development Summit on “Strategies to Increase Excellence in Education for African-American Students.”

Update on Requirements for Local Educational Agencies Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
December 21, 2012: Joint letter from the California Department of Education and the California State Board of Education to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding requirements for local educational agencies under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

2013 Classified School Employee of the Year Program
December 12, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing the launch of the 2013 Classified School Employee of the Year Program.

National Center and State Collaborative
December 11, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing that California has joined the National Center and State Collaborative Consortia as a Tier II state.

Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications
December 4, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium commissioned report titled, Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications.


November

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Announces Public Review of Achievement Level Descriptors
November 30, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing the initial draft of achievement level descriptors developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Request for Reviewers to Evaluate Supplemental Mathematics Instructional Materials Aligned to the Common Core State Standards
November 30, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and interested individuals and organizations requesting assistance in recruiting individuals to participate in the evaluation of supplemental mathematics instructional materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

2013 California Distinguished School Awards
November 2, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing the launch of the California School Recognition Program's 2013 California Distinguished School Awards for middle and high schools.


October

Invitation to Participate: Speak Up 2012 California Survey
October 30, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding an opportunity to participate in the national Speak Up survey which is open for input until December 14, 2012.

Civic Learning Award | Civic Learning Award for California Public High Schools Application (PDF) [Note: the preceding application is no longer available.]
October 11, 2012: Joint letter and application to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and California Chief Justice Tani G. Santil-Sakauye announcing the Civic Learning Award for California public high schools.

Career and Technical Education Month and Career Readiness Campaign
October 10, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents regarding Career and Technical Education Month and Career Readiness Campaign.

School Quality Snapshot and Revised Release Schedule of the Accountability Progress Reporting Results
October 4, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing the new School Quality Snapshot and revised release schedule for the 2011-12 Accountability Progress Reporting system.


September

California Community Colleges Chancellor Appointment
September 28, 2012: Letter to Dr. Brice W. Harris regarding his appointment as Chancellor for the California Community Colleges.

Improving Student Nutrition and Academic Achievement Through School Breakfast Programs
September 27, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Food Service Directors regarding the School Breakfast Program.

2012–13 AB 790 Linked Learning Pilot Program Request for Applications
September 11, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Linked Learning Pilot Program.

Local School Wellness Policy
September 7, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the launch of the Team California for Healthy Kids campaign.

2012 MyVote California Student Mock Election
September 6, 2012: Joint letter from the California Department of Education and the California Secretary of State regarding the MyVote California Student Mock Election.

 



August

Title II, Part A, Administrator Training Program
August 29, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators to announce the opportunity for local educational agencies and direct-funded charter schools to apply for federal Title II funds for the Administrator Training Program to provide training for principals and assistant/vice principals.

Possible Federal Funding Reactions
August 16, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the possible affects to district's budgets caused by upcoming Congressional action.

Supporting the Directing Change Student Video Contest
August 14, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the California Department of Education's support of the Directing Change Student Video Contest sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Authority.

2013 United States Senate Youth Program
August 9, 2012: Letter to High School Principals, Counselors, and Scholarship Coordinators regarding inviting them to nominate up to two of their outstanding seniors or juniors to participate in the 2013 United States Senate Youth Program.

National Board Certified Teachers
August 8, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding encouraging teachers to accept the challenge of advanced certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

California Budget Act for 2012-13
August 6, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the 2012-13 Budget Act signed by the Governor on June 27, 2012.

California Legislature Recommends Honoring Sikh Americans
August 3, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the important contributions made in California by Sikh Americans.


July

Invitation to participate in the 2012-13 California Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage Program
July 26, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Middle School Principals regarding participation in the California Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage application process.


June

Request for Waiver of Provisions of Sections 1116(b) and (c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
June 15, 2012: Letter to Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle requesting a waiver of provisions of sections of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


May

Cafeteria Funds/Accounts—Reminders and Resources
May 21, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Nutrition Service Directors regarding the allowable uses of school cafeteria funds.

Recruiting Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee Members for the Revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
May 10, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, Learning Resource Display Centers, and Interested Individuals and Organizations requesting assistance in recruiting individuals for membership on the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee.

Change in 2012 Early Assessment Program (PDF)
May 7, 2012: Joint letter from the California Department of Education, California State University, and California Community Colleges to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, College and High School Counselors and Career Center Directors, and Grade Eleven English Teachers regarding a change in the way results will be reported for participating students in English.

California Child Safety Awareness Month
May 1, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding Child Safety Awareness Month.


April

Improving Student Nutrition and Academic Achievement Through School Breakfast Programs
April 18, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Food Service Directors regarding the School Breakfast Program.

The Great California Shakeout
April 16, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2012 Great California Shakeout.

Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Tool Rollout
April 16, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding the Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Tool Rollout.

Save the Date! MyVote California Student Mock Election
April 10, 2012: Joint letter from the California Department of Education and the California Secretary of State to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School and Middle School Principals regarding the 2012 California Student Mock Election.


March

April Firefighter Career Expos
March 26, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the April 2012 Firefighter Career Expos.

Instructional Materials Acquisitions for Neediest Schools
March 14, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents regarding recent changes in California law pertaining to the use of Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program funds.

Procedures for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy
March 8, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding the State Seal of Biliteracy.

Implementation of Assembly Bill 1330
March 6, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the implementation of Assembly Bill 1330.


February

Governor’s Budget for 2012–13
February 28, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the Governor’s proposed budget for the 2012–13 fiscal year.

Recruiting Focus Group Members for Updating the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
February 14, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the recruitment of focus group members to update the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework.

Improving Access to Summer Meals
February 10, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding summer meal programs.

Elimination of Adult Education Opportunities
February 10, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the importance of maintaining adult education programs.

Preteen Vaccine Week—February 12–18, 2012
February 10, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Preteen Vaccine Week.

Implementation of the Pertussis Immunization Requirement
February 10, 2012: Joint letter from the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the pertussis immunization requirement.

Asthma and Indoor Air Quality in California Schools
February 9, 2012: Joint letter from the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding asthma and indoor air quality in California schools.

Recruiting Panel of Experts for the Revision of the English Language Development Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
February 6, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the recruitment of a panel of experts for the revision of the English Language Development Standards.

2012 Early Assessment Program (PDF) | 2012 Early Assessment Program Student Letter (PDF)
February 2012: Joint letters with the California Department of Education, California State University, and California Community Colleges to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, College and High School Counselors and Career Center Directors, Grade Eleven English and Mathematics Teachers, and Grade Eleven Students regarding the 2012 Early Assessment Program (EAP).


January

Recruiting Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee Members for the Revision of the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
January 18, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, Learning Resource Display Centers, and Interested Individuals and Organizations requesting assistance in recruiting individuals for membership on the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee.

Final Elementary and Secondary Education Act "Highly Qualified Teacher" Workshop for 2011–12
January 5, 2012: Announcement to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding the final Elementary and Secondary Education Act "Highly Qualified Teacher" Workshop for 2011–12.

2012 National Youth Science Camp Nomination Process
January 4, 2012: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the National Youth Science Camp.

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