On September 17-18, the State Board of Education (SBE) met in Renton, Washington, at the Puget Sound Educational Service District to:
Receive an initial report
from the CORE 24 Implementation Task Force.
Consider the application
for districts wishing to implement a flexible school year calendar.
· Review the latest WASL scores and AYP data.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ACTIONS
The Board approved the following:
· Private schools for 2009-2010.
for the pilot Efficiency Calendar Waiver. This waiver, adopted by the 2009 Legislature, allows up to five districts to modify the 180 school day calendar (while preserving instructional hours) for the sake of economy and efficiency.
· Suggested revisions to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) on the process for appointments to Board elected public school member vacancies.
· The 2010-2011 Board meeting dates.
· Contract for a National Board Certified Teachers mobility and retention study.
education reform: federal and state efforts
The federal government has a number of major initiatives
to stimulate education reform in the states. Washington State also has several major education reform movements
as well. The Board received information
on why both the federal and state education reform initiatives are critical to the Board’s goal to improve student achievement and accountability.
CORE 24 REVIEW
CORE 24 IMPLEMENTATION TASK FORCE AND MEANINGFUL HIGH SCHOOL DIMPLOMA - RELATED RESEARCH PROJECTS
LA CENTER SCHOOL DISTRICT’S NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In May of 2009, the La Center School District Board of Directors approved new high school graduation requirements
that align with the current expectations of CORE 24
. The new requirements create three pathways
to the same La Center High School diploma. Each pathway requires 24 credits
, including two credits in arts and three in science. A PowerPoint overview of these new graduation requirements are here
. The Seattle Times has a story about La Center’s new graduation requirements here
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION VACANCIES AND ELECTIONS RULE DRAFT
There are occasions when the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has rules that affect SBE business. SBE is requesting a change to the OSPI vacancy appointment process
, allowing the new appointee to fulfill a new term rather than run for immediate reelection, as well as redefining how the vacancy will be filled through an election conducted by OSPI rather than have the current elected public school Board members make the appointment. SBE also discussed requesting a change to the election process in unopposed contests
COMMUNITY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS
The Board reviewed draft amendments to its rule for community college high school diploma programs (WAC 180-51-053
). The draft language references two new options
created by House Bill 1758
that allow community or technical colleges to issue a high school diploma (without meeting the State Board of Education’s graduation requirements) to students if they complete an Associate’s Degree and are either enrolled in Running Start or are twenty-one years or older.
system performance accountability Framework: next steps
update on online learning
nclb Preliminary compliance report 2008: washington schools and districts in “improvement status”
Under No Child Left Behind, schools and districts that receive federal education dollars (Title I) and miss making achievement goals, commonly referred to as Adequate Yearly Progress
(AYP), face specific consequences. As stated in OSPI’s preliminary report
, this year Washington State had 1073 schools and 103 districts that did not meet AYP. Representatives of OSPI shared this information via PowerPoint
to the Board. A second PowerPoint
outlined Washington State’s eight year trend in making AYP.
pilot program for waivers from the 180-School day requirement for the purposes of economy and efficiency and the current 180-school day restructure waiver process
The pilot program established by SHB 1292
provides SBE the authority to provide waivers from the 180-school day requirement for the purposes of economy and efficiency. The Board reviewed draft procedures and guidelines
and a prototype application
as recommended by the 180-Day Waiver Committee. After public comment and discussion the draft documents were revised and then adopted by the Board.
· The Board continued its review of the procedure for waivers proposed to improve student achievement. Board members suggested that the procedure include requiring school districts to provide measureable objectives and details about the calendar, including the number of professional development days and half days. In addition, Board members discussed having the waiver process aligned with the Board’s accountability work and having the Executive Director approve waivers.
The next State Board of Education meeting will be at the Evergreen School District Central Office
in Vancouver, Washington, on November 12-13, 2009.
For additional information and Board meeting materials, go to: www.sbe.wa.gov