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PSAA Meeting Minutes – September 6, 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
Dennis Cima, Senior Vice President, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Pat Crowder, Retired Principal, San Diego Unified School District
Julianne Hoefer, Director, Assessment and Accountability, Fountain Valley Unified School District
Clifford Kusaba, Teacher, California Teachers Association
Chet Madison, Sr., President, Board of Education, Elk Grove Unified School District
Charles Weis, Retired Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education

PSAA Advisory Committee Members Not Present:

Vicki Barber, Retired Superintendent, El Dorado County Office of Education
Wendell Callahan, Director, Assessment, Research, and Pupil Services, San Diego County Office of Education
Edward Haertel, Emeritus Professor, School of Education, Stanford University
Jeff Patterson, English Teacher, SOAR Prep Academy
Colleen A.R. You, President, California State PTA

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

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

Keric Ashley, Director, Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division (AMARD)
Jenny Singh, Administrator, Academic Accountability Unit

Please note that the complete proceedings of the September 6, 2013, PSAA Advisory Committee meeting, including closed captioning, are available on the CDE PSAA Meeting Webcast Archive 2013 Web page.

Public Session

September 6, 2013

Ting Sun called the meeting to order at approximately 10:09 a.m.


Item 1

Subject: Welcome and introductions.

It was announced that Sonia Ortiz-Mercado was not in attendance because she accepted a new position and was no longer able to serve on the PSAA Advisory Committee. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction will make a new appointment.

ACTION: No action taken.

Item 2

Subject: Review decisions made at the June 25, 2013, PSAA Advisory Committee meeting

The following key decisions of the Committee's prior meeting were reviewed:

  • The methodology for incorporating graduation data in the API
  • Adding graduation data in the API beginning with the 2013 Base API at a weight of 10 percent
  • Continue conversations regarding (1) revisions to Senate Bill (SB) 219 regulations, and (2) monitoring the High School Equivalency test for rigor

ACTION: No action taken.

Item 3

Subject: Presentation on School Level Indicators of College Readiness and Success by Michal Kurlaender and Jake Jackson (University of California, Davis, School of Education)

Ms. Kurlaender and Mr. Jackson provided results of their research on college preparation and readiness and provided recommendations on identifying indicators of college readiness and success. The presentation provided information on the following four areas:

  • The importance of college preparation through evidence from new research, including information from other states;
  • The relationship between high school predictors of readiness and actual college readiness for students and for schools; and
  • Recommendations for using multiple measures of college readiness for accountability purposes

ACTION: No action taken.

Item 4

Subject: Presentation on the work of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) regarding college and career readiness by Pat Ainsworth

Mr. Ainsworth provided information on the recommendations being developed by the national Career Readiness Task Force for the Smarter Balanced Consortium leadership, a timeline for taskforce completion of work, and issues that California and the Committee should consider regarding career readiness and indicators of career readiness for the API.

ACTION: No action taken.

Item 5

Subject: Review of alternative models for decile ranks

Numeric Method: At the July 18, 2013 TDG meeting, the members reviewed the bifurcation model discussed by PSAA Advisory Committee members at their June 10, 2013 meeting. The TDG proposed a Numeric Method to replace the bifurcation model. Members indicated that the Legislature should be provided with a simple menu of selected data for use in making determinations for statutory requirements of various programs (e.g., criteria for eligibility, preferences, or priorities). The Numeric Method has three components:

  1. Educational Challenges (school level only)
  • Index based on student demographics using two independent variables:
    • Educationally disadvantages students
    • English learners (ELs)
  1. Statewide Rank (school level only)
  2. Change in Schoolwide API (Base to Growth)

Descriptive Method: The CDE proposed an additional Descriptive Method for the Committee to consider. The Descriptive Method provides legislators and the public with a menu of separate indicators using a five-star rating approach with a possible overall rating. Seven possible criteria for the model were presented:

  1. Improvement Over Time
  2. Performance of ELs
  3. Performance of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
  4. Performance of Black or African American students
  5. Performance of Hispanic or Latino students
  6. Graduation Rate (high schools only)
  7. Overall star rating

ACTION: No action taken.

Item 6

Subject: Survey results on the inclusion of new indicators in the high school API

The PSAA Advisory Committee was provided with the CDE Report of Survey Results on the Inclusion of New Indicators in the High School Academic Performance Index (API). Staff provided an overview of the survey results in a presentation.

No action taken.


Item 7

Subject: College and career readiness indicators used by other states for accountability

The PSAA Advisory Committee was provided with the CDE report, Exploring Other States' College and Career Indicators. Staff provided an overview of the report in a presentation.  

No action taken.


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 2:53 p.m.


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