Dear County and District Superintendents and Assembly Bill 466 State Board Approved Providers:
UPDATE ON SENATE BILL 472
MATHEMATICS AND READING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The California Department of Education is pleased to announce that Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill (SB) 472, the reauthorization of the Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program, into law on September 28, 2006. The impact of this action is widespread and affects current school reform initiatives, including such programs as School Assistance and Intervention Teams, District Assistance and Intervention Teams, Reading First, Administrator Training Program (Assembly Bill 430), and Developing Highly Qualified Teachers and Administrators. We would like to express our gratitude for the many individuals and groups of concerned educators and citizens who were involved in moving this legislation forward. This letter will provide you information regarding:
- SB 472 informational roll-out meeting
- New requirements for training providers
- Analysis of chaptered SB 472
The informational roll-out meeting for SB 472 professional development providers is scheduled for November 13, 2006, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Health Administration Building auditorium, 1500 Capitol Mall, Sacramento. All current providers, potential providers, and other interested individuals and groups are encouraged to attend. Agenda items will include the new curriculum criteria, timelines for submission, the review process, and examples of training curriculum lessons. As space and resources are limited, please restrict the number of individuals attending from your organization to no more than four. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing this new work.
Based on the requirements of SB 472, new criteria for training curriculum has been developed and submitted to the State Board of Education (SBE) for their approval at the November 2006 meeting. Upon approval, current State Board approved training providers will be required to submit revised training curriculum for consistency with the new criteria. (New training providers will be required to submit training curriculum based on the criteria. Their curriculum will be reviewed and recommended for approval by the SBE if it meets SB 472 criteria.)
SB 472 underwent several amendments during this past year. Because of this, an analysis of the chaptered SB 472 is being provided for your information. Please distribute this information to all interested individuals.
- Assembly Bill (AB) 466 professional development will end on December 31, 2006, and SB 472 professional development will begin January 1, 2007. Funding for this program is available for the entire fiscal year through the Budget Act of 2006.
- The legislation extends the professional development program until January 1, 2012.
- The priority of training is shifted to new teachers, those assigned to high-priority schools or who are assigned to schools that are under state sanctions, and those who have changed teaching assignments. However, kindergarten through grade twelve teachers are eligible for the training.
- The training continues to be separated into two components. The initial training is 40 hours and the follow-up is 80 hours. Local educational agencies (LEAs) will continue to receive $1250 per teacher for the initial training and $1250 per teacher for the 80 hours of follow-up once reimbursement requests are received and submitted to the SBE.
- Teachers may continue to receive a $1000 stipend for completing both training components, $500 after the completion of the 40 hours of initial training and $500 after the completion of the 80 hours of follow-up.
- The curriculum for the 40 hours of initial training is refined and will be based on: the academic content standards; curriculum frameworks; SBE approved instructional materials (or, for grades nine through twelve, local board adopted instructional materials based on academic content standards); and, include instructional strategies designed to help all pupils gain mastery of the California academic content standards with special emphasis on English language learners and pupils with exceptional needs.
- The LEA continues to design the 80 hours of follow-up for its teachers and may include: coaching, follow-up training, or additional school site assistance. LEAs may contract with an SBE approved 40 hour initial provider, conduct the training themselves, or contract with an additional training provider for the 80 hours of follow-up.
- The law establishes a 40 hour professional development for teachers of English learners which may be used as follow-up hours. Curriculum and providers will be required to be SBE approved. The criteria are established and will be reviewed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s appointed English Learner Advisory Committee. The results of the committee will be made public as soon as it is available.
- Two reports to the legislature will continue to be required. The reports will now include pre-program and post program student achievement data.
- The use of California Professional Development Institutes (CPDIs) for the 40 hours of initial training/funding purposes of the program is no longer available unless approved by the SBE. LEAs may still contract with the CPDIs for the 80 hours of follow-up.
- Teachers must complete the 80 hours of follow-up within two years of completing the initial 40 hours or by January 1, 2009, if the 40 hours was completed prior to January 1, 2007.
- An LEA may no longer receive funding from this program for training that was conducted and paid for by the CPDIs.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Eli Johnson, Consultant, Reading/Language Arts Leadership Office, at 916-323-4711 or by e-mail at email@example.com. If you have any fiscal questions regarding this subject, please contact Pat Boncella, Analyst, Administrative and Fiscal Services, at 916-323-4965 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction