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ACSE Agenda April 20-21, 2016

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.
Advisory Commission on Special Education Members
  • Gina Plate, Chair
  • Barbara Schulman, Vice Chair
  • Michele Auon
  • Mildred Browne
  • Morena de Grimaldi
  • Somer Harding
  • Sara Jocham
  • Betty Karnette
  • Christina Mills
  • Matthew Navo
  • Lester Pincu
  • Keila Rodriguez
  • Mariano Sanz
  • Steven Winlock
Student Members
  • Jacob Miller
  • Pablo Gonzalez, Jr.
Legislative Members
  • Carol Liu, Senate
  • Tony Thurmond, Assembly
State Board of Education
  • Niki Sandoval, Liaison
State Special Schools
  • Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools and Services Division
    California Department of Education
Executive Secretary
  • Chris Drouin, Interim Director, Special Education Division
    California Department of Education
Agenda Times Are Approximate and Are Provided for Convenience Only

Items may be re-ordered to be heard on any day of the noticed meeting. The order of business may be changed without notice. Every effort will be made to Webcast this meeting in its entirety, but some portions may not be Webcast due to logistical constraints.

Advisory Commission on Special Education
Schedule of Meeting Location
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
916-445-4602
Thursday, April 21, 2016
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
916-445-4602

Please see the detailed agenda for more information about the items to be considered and acted upon. The public is welcome.

Guidelines for Public Input Sessions

The Commission welcomes public involvement. Opportunities for public comment are provided at every Commission meeting.

Reasonable Accommodation for Any Individual With a Disability

Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, any individual with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in a meeting or function of the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE), may request assistance by contacting the Special Education Division, 1430 N Street, Suite 2401, Sacramento, CA, 95814; telephone, 916-445-4602; fax, 916-327-3706.


Advisory Commission on Special Education
Agenda, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
NOTE: Items not heard or completed on April 20, 2016, may be carried over to April 21, 2016.
10:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Call to Order–Roll Call
  • Salute to the Flag
  • Communication and Announcements
  • Proposed ACSE meeting schedule for fiscal year 2017–18
  • Review of Agenda and Meeting Standards
10:30–11:30 a.m.

Item 1–ACSE Commissioner Work Specific to Priority Areas: The ACSE is committed to furthering initiatives and policies that promote one coherent education system designed to serve all students. Commissioners will be breaking into two groups to discuss items from the previous meeting related to the creation of a parent Local Control Accountability Plan resource, and recommendations specific to students with disabilities within the new Accountability system. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

11:30 a.m.–Noon

Item 2–Special Education in Correctional Facilities Steering Committee Update: James Johnson III, Education Administrator, Special Education Division (SED), California Department of Education (CDE), and Chair of the Special Education in Correctional Facilities Steering Committee, which is tasked with conducting analysis of current systems employed to educate students with disabilities in correctional facilities and making recommendations that lead to improved outcomes for students, will provide an update on the work of the Committee. (Item type: Discussion, information, action)

Noon–1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:30–2:00 p.m.

Item 3–Assessment Update: Jessica Barr, Administrator II, Assessment Development and Administration Division, CDE, will provide an update on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Systems. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

2:00–2:45 p.m.

Item 4–Transitioning to a New Accountability System Update: Nancy Brownell, Senior Fellow, Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), California State Board of Education (SBE), will provide an update on the development of a new accountability system for California and the work of the Accountability Task Force. Additional information is available on the Californians Dedicated to Education, Accountability & Continuous Improvement Task Force Web page External link opens in new window or tab.. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:45–3:15 p.m.

Item 5–Disproportionality Update: Chris Drouin, Interim Director, SED, CDE, will provide an update on the proposed changes from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) regarding calculations for determining significant disproportionality. (Item type: Information, discussion)

3:15–3:30 p.m.

Item 6–General Public Comment and Organizational Input: Public comment and organizational input is invited on any matter, including items not on the agenda. The ACSE is precluded from discussing matters not on the agenda; however, questions may be asked by Commissioners for clarification purposes. Issues raised by the public may be referred to a future meeting agenda. Depending on the number of individuals wishing to address the ACSE, the Chair may establish time limits on presentations. (Item type: Information)

Teleconference details:
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
3:15–3:30 p.m.
Call in number: 877-810-9415
Participant passcode: 6580204
Press #
Press #

3:30–3:45 p.m.

Item 7–Family Voice: Family Empowerment Center (FECs) and Parent Training and Information Center (PTIs) participants will present issues of importance to families. Stakeholders wishing to give public comment via teleconference may contact their local FEC or PTI prior to the meeting to arrange in person comment at the FEC or PTI. A listing of California’s federally funded FECs and PTIs can be found on the CDE, California Parent Organizations Web page or at the California Family Empowerment Centers on Disability External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).
(Item type: Information, discussion)

3:45–4:00 p.m. BREAK
4:00–4:20 p.m.

Item 8–Liaison reports: Updates by ACSE liaisons, SBE liaison, and legislative liaisons. (Item type: Information)

4:20–4:50 p.m.

Item 9–Transition to Unified English Braille: Sharon Sacks, Ph.D., Superintendent, California School for the Blind, CDE, will provide background information and the process toward implementation of Unified English Braille for students with visual impairments throughout California. (Item type: Information, discussion)

4:50–5:00 p.m.

Item 10–ACSE Officer Nomination Process: The Commission will review the ACSE Officer Election process and accept self-nominations. Presented by Mildred Browne, Chair, ACSE Nominations Committee.

5:00 p.m. ADJOURNMENT

Adjournment of day's session.


Advisory Commission on Special Education
Agenda, Thursday, April 21, 2016, 9 a.m. Pacific Time
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California
9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Commissioners will be attending the Breaking Barriers Symposium. For more information, visit the Breaking Barriers Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

12:45–1:45 p.m. LUNCH
1:45–2:00 p.m.

Call to Order–Roll Call

Item 11–Commissioner discussion related to items presented at the Breaking Barriers Symposium. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

2:00–2:30 p.m.

Item 12–Early Childhood Update: Debra McMannis, Director of the Early Childhood Support Division, will give an update on the Early Childhood Initiatives. (Item type: Information, discussion, action)

2:30–2:45 p.m.

Item 13–State Special Education Director’s Report: Chris Drouin, Interim Director, SED, CDE. (Item type: Information, discussion)

2:45–3:00 p.m.

Item 14–Agenda Building for ACSE Meetings: Commissioners will discuss potential items to be included on future ACSE meeting agendas. (Item type: Information, discussion)

Adjournment of day's session.
Adjournment of meeting.

Questions: Matt Traverso | mtraverso@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-3308 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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