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PSAA Meeting Minutes--October 22, 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, Retired Superintendent, El Dorado County Office of Education
  • Dennis Cima, Senior Vice President, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Edward Haertel, Emeritus Professor, School of Education, Stanford University
  • 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\
  • Jeff Patterson, English Teacher, SOAR Prep Academy
  • Colleen A.R. You, President, California State PTA
PSAA Advisory Committee Members Absent:
  • Wendell Callahan, Director, Assessment, Research, and Pupil Services, San Diego County Office of Education
  • Pat Crowder, Retired Principal, San Diego Unified School District
  • Charles Weis, Retired Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education
State Board of Education (SBE) and Legislative Representative:

None present.

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 October 22, 2013, PSAA Advisory Committee meeting, including captions, are available on the CDE PSAA Meeting Webcast Archive 2013 Web page.

Public Session
October 22, 2013
Ting Sun called the meeting to order at approximately 10:04 a.m.


Item 1

Subject: Welcome and introductions

ACTION: No action taken.

Item 2

Subject: Review topics discussed at the September 6, 2013 PSAA Advisory Committee meeting—Information

Regarding California Education Code (EC) Section 52052.9(b), the Committee, at its September 6 meeting, reviewed two alternative models for decile ranks and the option to not produce decile ranks. The CDE is in the process of submitting the required legislative report.

Public Comment: No public comment.

ACTION: No action taken.

Item 3

Subject: CDE update—Information

Keric Ashley presented information about the requirements of Assembly Bill (AB) 484 (Ch. 489 of 2013) and AB 97 (Ch. 47 of 2013). In addition, he reported that an action item for the November 2013 SBE meeting regarding the currently proposed methodology for adding graduation data to the Academic Performance Index API will be presented. The currently proposed methodology reflects the decisions of the PSAA Advisory Committee at its June 25, 2013 meeting.

ACTION: No action taken.

Item 4

Subject: Presentation: Career Readiness in California by Carolyn Zachry and Joe Radding (Career and College Transition Division, CDE)—Information

Ms. Zachry and Mr. Radding provided data and policy perspectives about career education and career readiness in California. The presentation provided information in the following five areas:

  1. The new context regarding twenty-first century skills;
  2. Career education in California descriptive statistics and definitions of career technical education;
  3. Career readiness expectations of California’s secondary schools;
  4. Definitions of career readiness; and
  5. Elements of a state career readiness policy.

ACTION: No action taken.

Lunch Break

Item 5

Subject: Identification of College Measures for Literature Review—Action

The CDE will be contracting with David Conley, Professor, College of Education University of Oregon, to conduct literature reviews on multiple measures that may be included in the college and career indicator. A product of the reviews will be white papers to include detailed information about indicators and measures used in other states, how valid and reliable the indicators would be, and suggested cut scores for the indicators. Based on the information provided at the September 6, 2013 PSAA Advisory Committee meeting, the CDE recommended that the literature reviews begin with the following measures:

  • Advance Placement (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • Dual Enrollment

ACTION: Member Cima moved to approve the beginning list of five measures as the starting point for the literature review. The five measures are AP, IB, SAT, ACT, and Dual Enrollment.

Member Haertel seconded the motion.

Yes Votes: Members Sun, Young, Aaberg, Barber, Cima, Haertel, Hoefer, Kusaba, Madison, Patterson, You.

No Votes: None.

Absent: Members Callahan, Crowder, Weis.

Item 6

Subject: Presentation: Supporting School Success Through the New API by Castle Redmond (The California Endowment)—Information

Mr. Redmond presented information from the California Endowment, which is a health organization that works on statewide policy and systems change. The recommendations of the California Endowment are to include the following indicators in the API:

  • Suspension Rates
  • Chronic Absence Rates
  • FitnessGram Results

ACTION: No action taken.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 2:33 p.m.

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