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Williams Case – Monitoring FAQ

Information on the landmark Superior Court case to provide all students equal access to instructional materials, safe schools, and quality teachers.

Williams Data and Accountability Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a new Williams list being published?

Assembly Bill (AB) 599 (Chapter 667, Statutes of 2021) updates the settlement agreement requirements in the case of Williams v. State of California (Superior Court, San Francisco County, No. CGC-00-312236) by substituting a new method for developing the list of schools to be inspected based on the state’s multiple measures public school accountability system and the single system of support established in Section 52059.5 of the California Education Code for the former method based on the state’s former accountability system known as the Academic Performance Index.

Based on the requirements of AB 599, the California Department of Education (CDE) will identify an initial list of schools in the 2021–22 fiscal year. The legislation requires that the CDE identify the list of schools again in the 2022–23 fiscal year, and then every three fiscal years thereafter, during the same fiscal year that schools are identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) pursuant to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95) or identified as low performing under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Public Law 89-10), or any subsequent amendments to that act. Each list shall be used for inspections beginning the following fiscal year. Additionally, AB 599 requires the CDE to include on the list schools that meet specified teacher credentialing criteria. Lastly, schools that have a Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) are excluded from the Williams list.

What is Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI)?

Per the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the CDE is required to determine schools eligible for support. As outlined in California’s ESSA State Plan, the CDE determines CSI and ATSI eligibility using the statewide indicators reported on the California School Dashboard.

For more information on CSI and ATSI eligibility, please refer to the 2019 Dashboard Technical Guide (PDF).

Who is responsible for preparing and publishing the list of Williams schools based on the criteria in AB 599?

The CDE is responsible for preparing and publishing the list of Williams schools based on the criteria in AB 599. For any follow up questions, please contact us by email at LCFFESSAdata@cde.ca.gov.

Where will the list be published?

The list will be published on the CDE’s Schools Identified for Monitoring web page.

When will the CDE publish the 2021–22 list of Williams schools?

The CDE will publish the 2021–22 list of Williams schools in early 2022 on the CDE website.

What criteria will be used to determine the 2021–22 list of Williams schools?

The 2021–22 list of Williams schools will be those schools appearing on the 2021–22 ESSA Assistance Status file as well as the list of schools with 15 percent or more of the school’s teachers not possessing a valid and clear or preliminary teaching credential based on the most recent available data. The 2021–22 ESSA Assistance Status file is comprised of all non-DASS schools in the 2019–20 ESSA Assistance Status file.

Will the 2021–22 list of Williams schools include those schools that meet the teacher credentialing criteria?

Yes

How will a school be included on the 2021–22 list of Williams schools based on the teacher credentialing criteria?

Any school with 15 percent or more of the school’s teachers that do not possess a valid and clear or preliminary teaching credential are eligible for inclusion on the 2021–22 list of Williams schools.

How is the teacher credentialing rate calculated?

The formula to calculate the teacher credentialing rate is as follows

Number of teachers that have a teaching assignment and possess a valid and clear or preliminary teaching credential at the school on Census Day (i.e., October 2020)

Divided by

Number of teachers that have a teaching assignment at the school on Census Day (i.e., October 2020)

Multiplied by 100

Any school with 15 percent or more of the school’s teachers that do not possess a valid and clear or preliminary teaching credential are eligible for inclusion on the 2021–22 list of Williams schools.

Will schools that exit from CSI based on no longer being eligible for CSI low-graduation rate or other criteria be allowed to be removed from the Williams list on an annual basis?

AB 599 requires that all schools identified for CSI or ATSI and placed on the Williams list remain on that list. The legislation does not permit exiting schools from the list due to no longer being in the CSI low-graduation category or other criteria.

 

Questions: Analysis Measurement & Accountability Reporting Division | LCFFESSAdata@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0869 
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 14, 2022