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PSAA Meeting Minutes – April 23, 2013

Minutes of the Advisory Committee for the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) of 1999.
PSAA Advisory Committee 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, San Diego Unified School District
Edward Haertel, Emeritus Professor, School of Education, Stanford University
Clifford Kusaba, Teacher, California Teachers Association
Chet Madison, Sr., President, Board of Education, Elk Grove Unified School District
Sonia Ortiz-Mercado, Dean, Matriculation, Student Equity, Early Assessment, Student Leadership, and Division Administration, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
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

PSAA Advisory Committee Member Not Present:

Julianne Hoefer, Director, Assessment and Accountability, Fountain Valley Unified School District

State Board of Education (SBE) and Legislative Representative:

SBE Liaisons to the PSAA Advisory Committee: Ilene Straus; Trish Boyd Williams
SBE Staff: Patricia de Cos, Deputy Executive Director
Instructional Quality Commission: Louis "Bill" Honig, Executive Committee Chair

Principal California Department of Education (CDE) 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 April 23, 2013, PSAA Advisory Committee meeting, including closed captioning, are available online on the CDE PSAA Meeting Webcast Archive 2013 Web page.

Public Session

April 23, 2013

Ting Sun called the meeting to order at approximately 10:05 a.m.


Item 1


ACTION: No action taken.

Item 2

Subject: Recommendation to the Superintendent on alternatives to the decile ranks as a method for determining eligibility, preference, or priority for statutory programs.

Technical Design Group (TDG) Recommendation: The TDG recommends developing multiple alternative methods to address different statutory requirements based on (1) absolute performance, (2) schools with the greatest challenges, and (3) improvement in the current year (change between Base Academic Performance Index (API) and Growth API).

CDE Recommendation: The CDE also recommends that the alternative methods also address student group achievement, making targets over time (e.g., last three years), graduation rates for high schools, and keeping it simple for ease of communication and understanding.

ACTION: No action taken.

Item 3

Subject: Recommendation to the Superintendent on a methodology to base the API on individual student level growth.

TDG Recommendation: The TDG recommends that (1) implementation of an individual growth model be delayed until the statewide assessment system is reauthorized and new assessments based on the Common Core Standards are in place; and (2) the CDE closely follow the development of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) reporting metrics and, once these metrics have been developed, investigate how they might best be incorporated into the API or any successor measure of school and local educational agency (LEA) accountability.

ACTION: Member Vicki Barber moved to approve the TDG's recommendations.

Member Sonia Ortiz-Mercado seconded the motion.

Yes votes: Sun, Young, Aaberg, Barber, Callahan, Cima, Crowder, Haertel, Kusaba, Madison, Ortiz-Mercado, Patterson, Weis, and You.

No votes: None.

Members Absent: Julianne Hoefer.

Abstentions: None.

The motion passed with 14 votes.

Lunch Break
Item 4

Subject: Options for incorporating graduation data in the API

CDE and TDG Recommendation: The CDE and the TDG recommend a methodology for incorporating graduation data in the API. The proposed methodology is: (1) Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) and Special Education schools graduation data would be assigned half the weight compared to traditional schools, (2) disadvantaged students who earn a regular four-year diploma would receive bonus API points at the schoolwide level, and (3) special education certificates and GEDs would receive more API points than non-graduates, but fewer API points than graduates who receive a regular four-year diploma.

ACTION: No action taken.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 2:50 p.m.

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