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PSAA Meeting Minutes--February 12, 2013

Minutes of the Advisory Committee for the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) of 1999.
Members Present:

Co-Chair: Ting Sun, Educational Programs Director, Natomas Charter School
Co-Chair: Kenn Young, Superintendent, Riverside County Office of Education

Nancy Aaberg, Superintendent, Yuba City Unified School District
Vicki Barber, Superintendent, El Dorado County Office of Education
Wendell Callahan, Director, Assessment, Research, and Pupil Services, San Diego County Office of Education
Dennis Cima, Senior Vice President, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Pat Crowder, Retired Principal, Patrick Henry High School
Edward Haertel, Emeritus Professor, School of Education, Stanford University
Julianne Hoefer, Director, Assessment and Accountability, Fountain Valley Unified School District
Chet Madison, Sr., President, Board of Education, Elk Grove Unified School District
Jeff Patterson, English Teacher, SOAR Prep Academy
Charles Weis, Retired Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Colleen A.R. You, President-elect, California State PTA

Members Not Present:

Clifford Kusaba, Teacher, California Teachers Association
Sonia Ortiz-Mercado, Dean, Matriculation, Student Equity, Early Assessment, Student Leadership, and Division Administration, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

State Board of Education (SBE) and Legislative Representative:

SBE Liaison to the PSAA Advisory Committee: Trish Boyd Williams
SBE Staff: Bonnie Klatt, Education Programs Consultant
Instructional Quality Commission: Louis “Bill” Honig, Executive Committee Chair
California State Senate: Susanna Cooper, Principal Consultant, California State Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg

California Department of Education (CDE) Principal Staff to the Advisory Committee:

Deb Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, District, School, and Innovation Branch
Keric Ashley, Director, Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division (AMARD)
Jenny Singh, Administrator, Academic Accountability Unit
Matt Taylor, Administrator, Evaluation, Research, and Analysis Unit

Please note that the complete proceedings of the February 12, 2013, PSAA Advisory Committee meeting, including closed captioning, are available on the CDE PSAA Meeting Webcast Archive 2013 Web page.

The meeting was called to order at 10:08 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

Ting Sun called the meeting to order. Each committee member, the SBE liaison, the SBE staff, and CDE principal staff introduced themselves. This meeting was a continuation of the PSAA Advisory Committee’s meeting of November 27, 2012, i.e., a focus on the implementation requirements of Senate Bill (SB) 1458 (Chapter 577, Statutes of 2012).

Review of the Superintendent’s Recommendation on Transitioning to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Assessments

Assembly Bill (AB) 250 (Chapter 608, Statutes of 2011) amended California Education Code Section 60604.5 and required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) to provide the Legislature recommendations for the reauthorization of the statewide pupil assessment system, including a plan for transitioning to a system of high-quality assessments. The SSPI’s report, Recommendations for Transitioning California to a Future Assessment System, is located on the CDE Statewide Pupil Assessment System Web Page

Ms. Sigman summarized the 12 recommendations found on pages 41 through 47 in the SSPI’s report. The first recommendation regarding suspension of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program assessments and adjusting the API has the greatest impact to the work of the PSAA Advisory Committee. The State Superintendent is currently sponsoring legislation on this issue. The goal for adjusting the API, to accommodate the suspension of assessments, is to develop a methodology that ensures a neutral impact on API scores.

Public Comment: No public comment.

California Standards Test (CST) in General Mathematics: Review the Current Requirement that Lowers Performance Levels for Grades Eight and Nine Results for Inclusion into the API

Jenny Singh explained that, in January 2013, the SBE rescinded action made previously in 2010, which adopted two sets of standards for grade eight mathematics. The SBE replaced the prior two sets of standards with a single set of standards—the grade eight Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics. In light of the SBE action, the CDE requested that the PSAA Advisory Committee review the current API rule which lowers the performance level for grade eight and grade nine students taking the CST in General Mathematics.

Members discussed the impact of maintaining the current rule versus eliminating the rule. Members also discussed the implementation timeline, if the decision was made to eliminate the rule.

Public Comment was provided by:


Chuck Weis moved that the PSAA Advisory Committee recommend eliminating the current API rule which reduces the performance level for grades eight and nine CST General Mathematics results beginning with the 2012 Base API. Vicki Barber seconded the motion. Votes: 13 ayes, 0 no.

Options for Incorporating Graduation Data into the API

Jenny Singh described the timeline for implementing new indicators into the 2013 Base API. The SBE will need to adopt any new indicators by its July 2013 meeting if it is to be implemented in the 2013 Base API. Ms. Singh reviewed the PSAA Advisory Committee’s March 15 and 30, 2012, decisions for implementing graduation data and dropout rates into the API. She described the Committee’s concerns raised at its March 30 meeting; the TDG’s subsequent meetings on January 15 and 29, 2013, to address those concerns; and the TDG’s new recommendation. The TDG’s new recommendation is to use a single API student level calculation method to add new indicators into the API (rather than use an overall API with several sub-indices). The TDG also provided four options for adding graduation data into the API using the single API student level calculation method.

The Committee discussed its prior decisions in March, i.e., using a sub-indices approach instead of a single API student level calculation approach. It concluded that its prior decisions in March were based on information that has since changed. SB 1458 now requires significant changes to the API, only 60 percent of the API will be based on test results.

As a result of its discussions, the Committee proposed an Option 5 that would use the single API student level calculation method.

Public Comment was provided by:


Ed Haertel moved that the PSAA Advisory Committee recommend for study an Option 5. Option 5 was summarized using the PowerPoint slide describing Option 4 (Slide 34, Page 17):

The motion was seconded by Vicki Barber. Votes: 13 ayes, 0 no.

Methodology for Incorporating a College and Career Indicator (CCI) into the API

Jenny Singh presented updated information on a methodology for incorporating a college and career indicator into the API. The TDG met on January 15 and 29, 2013, to discuss possible approaches for integrating a CCI into the API for secondary schools and recommended the use of a single indicator that has multiple measurements for both college and career. The TDG concluded that combining college and career into one indicator that provides multiple ways for students to contribute to the API would provide the most advantages.

The PSAA Advisory Committee discussed the approach and many members voiced their support of the method.

Public Comment was provided by:


Vicki Barber moved that the PSAA Advisory Committee recommend conceptually supporting the process for how a college and career indicator with multiple measures will be analyzed for integration into the Base API. The motion was seconded by Ting Sun. Votes: 13 ayes, 0 no.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
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