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Year 2013

Correspondence from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson from 2013.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July
August | September | October | November | December


December

Continuation of Adult Education Services
December 17, 2013: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the continuation of adult education services.

2014 Classified School Employee of the Year Program
December 11, 2013: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2014 Classified School Employee of the Year Program.

Implementing Federal Nutrition Standards in Schools
December 6, 2013: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the implementation of new Federal nutrition standards in schools.

Verification for Cause in the School Meals Program
December 6, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Food Service Directors regarding the use of verification for cause in the school meals program.

Invitation to Attend the Pathways to Prosperity Institute
December 3, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, Higher Education Administrators, and Business and Industry Representatives regarding an invitation to attend the Pathways to Prosperity Institute.

Microsoft's Shape the Future Initiative for California
December 2, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Microsoft’s Shape the Future Initiative for California.


November

Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Tool
November 21, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Tool.

Sampling Plan for the Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test
November 20, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Sampling Plan for the Spring 2014 Smarter Balance Field Test.

Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide
November 19, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators presenting the Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide: A Resource for California Public School District Administrators and Teachers.

Announcing the California Professional Development Summit
November 14, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing the California Professional Development Summit.

Students Can Participate in "Hour of Code" Event During Computer Science Education Week (December 9–15, 2013)
November 12, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the "Hour of Code" event during Computer Science Education Week (December 9–15).


October

Early Assessment Program and Assembly Bill 484
October 31, 2013: Joint letter to Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding landmark legislation (Assembly Bill 484) signed by the Governor regarding student assessment, which establishes the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress.

2013-14 Civic Learning Award
October 18, 2013: Joint letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the 2013-14 Civic Learning Education Awards.

Recruiting Focus Group Members for Updating the Science Framework
October 15, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the recruitment of focus group members for updating the Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

Sikh Awareness Month-November 2013
October 15, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the important contributions of Sikh Americans in California.

California State Board Of Education Call For Applications for the Instructional Quality Commission
October 14, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the California State Board of Education’s call for applications to apply for membership on the Instructional Quality Commission, formerly known as the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission.

Historic Health Care Reform Is Here
October 9, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the ALL IN "health care for all families" outreach and enrollment campaign.

Administrative Review
October 7, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, School Business Officials, and Child Nutrition Directors regarding the Administrative Review, designed to increase compliance by School Food Authorities with the federal requirements in school nutrition programs.


September

Provision 2 and 3 Schools
September 27, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Independently Reporting Charter School Administrators regarding a change in the data collection process for students in Provision 2 and 3 schools.

Community College of San Francisco’s Reaccreditation
September 17, 2013: Letter to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in support of reaccreditation for the Community College of San Francisco.

Assembly Bill 86—Adult Education Consortium Program
September 16, 2013: Joint letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Community College Administrators regarding Assembly Bill 86—Adult Education Consortium Program.

California Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Symposium on November 18-19, 2013
September 11, 2013: Invitation letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators to attend the First Annual California Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium.

2013-14 Specialized Secondary Programs Grants
September 4, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and High School Principals regarding the availability of funds through the Specialized Secondary Programs.


August

Walk In Our Shoes School Performance Tour
August 30, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators supporting the Walk in Our Shoes school-based live performance tour.

California Healthy Kids Survey
August 30, 2013: Joint letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Secretary of Health Secretary Diana Dooley encouraging all local educational agencies to participate in the the California Healthy Kids Survey.

Directing Change Student Video Contest
August 28, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding support for the Directing Change Student Video Contest.

American Printing House for the Blind Federal Quota Program
August 28, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the annual registration of legally blind students for the American Printing House for the Blind Federal Quota Program.

Available Training from California Highway Patrol
August 26, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding statewide free advanced drug prevention training for educational professionals for the detection of impaired individuals.

Local School Wellness Policy
August 26, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding updating and implementing their Local School Wellness Policy.

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Aligned to Common Core
August 23, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators, in partnership with WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies and the University of California, Berkeley, Evaluation and Assessment Research Center, regarding a free assessment tool for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students.

2014 United States Senate Youth Program
August 19, 2013: Letter to High School Principals, Counselors, and Scholarship Coordinators inviting them to nominate up to two students between any of their outstanding seniors or juniors to participate in the 2014 United States Senate Youth Program.

E-Rate Program Modernization
August 16, 2013: Letter to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding a valuable opportunity to provide input about the modernization of the federal E-rate program.

September Attendance Awareness Month
August 16, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators calling upon schools, families, and community partners to work together to improve attendance.

County School Attendance Review Board Survey
August 12, 2013: Letter to County Superintendents regarding the county survey request for the State School Attendance Review Board.

Improving Afterschool Nutrition
August 7, 2013: Letter to School and Community Leaders regarding how afterschool meals can help provide healthy food to students across the state.

Local Control Funding Formula Legislation
August 7, 2013: Joint letter to County Superintendents, District Superintendents, and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education President Michael Kirst regarding the passage of Local Control Funding Formula legislation (Assembly Bill 97 and Senate Bill 91).


July

Budget Act for 2013–14
July 24, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the 2013–14 Budget Act signed by the Governor on June 27, 2013.

Double-Testing Flexibility for the 2013–14 School Year
July 19, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding field testing of new state assessments during the 2013–14 school year.

Staff Evaluation Reporting System Survey
July 15, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding collecting data for the Staff Evaluation Reporting System Survey.

Health Care Opportunities Education
July 10, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding educating students, staff members, and parents for health care opportunities.


June

Survey on Technology Preparedness
June 21, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the California Department of Education's technology preparedness survey on the implementation of Smarter Balanced assessments.

Survey on New Indicators for the High School Academic Performance Index
June 7, 2013: Time sensitive letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the California Department of Education's survey on new indicators for the High School Academic Performance Index. Survey closes on June 20, 2013.

Schools To Watch™—Taking Center Stage Program
June 7, 2013: Revised letter to County and District Superintendents and Middle School Principals regarding participation in the 2013–14 Schools To Watch™—Taking Center Stage Program. (Note: The version of this letter that was delivered on June 4, 2013, contained errors in bullets 1 and 2.)

ScholarShare College Savings Plan
June 4, 2013: Joint letter to Elementary School Principals from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education President Michael Kirst regarding the ScholarShare College Savings Plan.


May

California STEM Conference--Save the Date!
May 29, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators Announcing the California Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference to be held in Sacramento November 18-19, 2013.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
May 23, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding opportunities for teacher participation in the development and analysis of pilot and field test items for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Career Exploration Program
May 22, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the redesigned Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Career Exploration Program.

Reducing School Truancy
May 17, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents regarding working together to reduce truancy in our schools.

School Breakfast Programs
May 16, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Food Service Directors regarding improving student nutrition and academic achievement through school breakfast programs.

School Accountability Report Card Survey
May 10, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators requesting participants in an online survey and regional focus group meetings to gather information regarding potential improvements to future School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs).

Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy
May 8, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding procedures for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
May 8, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the upcoming availability of Practice Tests from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.


April

The Great California ShakeOut
April 30, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators encouraging participation in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on October 17, 2013.

Free Webinar Series on Information and Digital Literacy
April 18, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding a free Webinar series on Information and Digital Literacy Essentials.

May Firefighter Career Expos
April 15, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing two upcoming Firefighter Career Expos.

Regional Meetings on New Indicators for the High School Academic Performance Index
April 15, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators seeking input from the public, stakeholders, and all interested parties regarding the upcoming changes to the high school Academic Performance Index (API).


March

2014 California Teachers of the Year Program
March 26, 2013: Letter to County and District Supervisors and Charter School Administrators inviting participation in the 2014 California Teachers of the Year Program.

California Office to Reform Education District Waiver Request
March 22, 2013: Joint letter to Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education President Michael Kirst regarding the California Office to Reform Education waiver request.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Guidance
March 11, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, Categorical Directors, and District Business Officers regarding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Programs in which private nonprofit school students and teachers are eligible to participate.

2013-14 California Health Science Capacity Building Project
March 6, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing the availability of incentive grant funds for the Health Science Capacity Building Project.


February

Governor's Budget for 2013-14
February 26, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Business Officers regarding the Governor's budget for 2013-14.

Sequestration Letter
February 25, 2013: Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi regarding the foreseen impact of sequestration on California schools.

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect | CA Penal Code (DOC) | Form (DOC)
February 14, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding California Penal Code requirements concerning the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.

Improving Access to Summer Meals
February 11, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding improving access to summer meals.

Sequestration and California Public Schools
February 11, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding recent federal legislation that has modified the system of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

2013 National Youth Science Camp
February 6, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators announcing it is accepting applications for the 2013 National Youth Science Camp.

Early Assessment Program (PDF) | Early Assessment Program Student Letter (PDF)
February 2013: Joint letters with the California Department of Education, The 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 and Mathematics Teachers regarding the 2013 Early Assessment Program (EAP).


January

Providing Students Adequate Time to Eat Lunch
January 25, 2013: Letter to School Leaders encouraging them to provide students with enough time to eat a nutritious lunch.

Responding to the Need for Student Safety
January 25, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding responding to the need for student safety.

Request For Reviewers to Evaluate Kindergarten Through Grade Eight Instructional Materials in Mathematics
January 24, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Interested Individuals and Organizations requesting reviewers to evaluate kindergarten through grade eight instructional materials in mathematics.

Bureau of State Audits School Bullying Survey
January 18, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding a Bureau of State Audits School Bullying Survey.

Seasonal Influenza Prevention
January 17, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding precautions for preventing the transmission of the flu virus.

Capital Appreciation Bonds
January 17, 2013: Joint letter to County and District Superintendents from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer regarding Capital Appreciation Bonds.

Request for Reviewers to Evaluate Supplemental ELD Instructional Materials Aligned to the New California English Language Development Standards
January 15, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding our request for reviewers to evaluate supplemental English Language Development instructional materials aligned to the new California English Language Development Standards.

Announcing the California Professional Development Summit
January 7, 2013: 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.”

National African American History Month
January 7, 2013: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators proclaiming February as National African American History Month.

 

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