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1 . Information from “Countdown to Accountability” Summer Leadership Institute July 2002 Arizona School Boards Association from presentations by Chris Thomas and Arizona Department of Education New State and Federal Laws on School Accountability

2 Purposeful School Accountability Fair and accurate measurement of school performance designed to publicly identify and improve under- performing schools

3 AZ LEARNS  State school accountability system  Result of Proposition 301, passed November 2000, modified 2002  Focus is on all students meeting the Arizona Academic Standards  Will classify schools (Achievement Profiles)  Low classification triggers school improvement process

4 No Child Left Behind  Federal school accountability system  Passed January 2002  Focus is on all students meeting State Standards  Will classify schools (Achievement Profiles)  Low classification triggers school improvement process

5 Current Challenge  ADE is working to align state and federal accountability systems into ONE statewide school accountability system  One label for both State and Federal requirements  Align school improvement process for State and Federal systems

6 AZ LEARNS Proposed Solution  HB2658 successful in the Legislature in 2002  Lays the foundation to create a single accountability system  Represents broad consensus from the education community  Conversations with USDOE

7 What are the indicators of school performance? MaintainingExcelling Under- Performing Improving/ Excelling AchievementAchievement (A I M S) +–+– – + Change/Growth (MAP-SAT9)

8 Elementary Achievement Profiles  AIMS -Are schools improving at teaching in key grades, regardless of student group?  MAP -Are schools achieving One Year’s Growth with students the school has had an opportunity to educate?

9 AIMS Key Components for Accurate Assessment of School Performance  3-Year rolling average to mitigate group differences  Require growth by all student groups  Analyze data by student mobility to confirm findings  Includes growth for ALL students by looking at the advancement of students at all performance levels

10 MAP  Provides longitudinal view of performance  Holds schools directly accountable for students the school has had an opportunity to educate  A student will achieve One Year’s Growth on MAP if the student remains in the same stanine or progresses to a higher stanine from one grade to the next  “Change points” awarded for negative change in the Falls Far Below category and positive change in the Meets or Exceeds Category

11 AZ LEARNS Will Evolve  To match changing testing requirements  NCLB requires testing of all grades 3-8 in Reading and Math by and Science in specific grade levels by  Annual assessments required for students in grades 3-8 in reading/language arts, science and math

12 AZ LEARNS Will Evolve  To match changing testing requirements (cont)  Beginning in school year, every state must participate in 4th and 8th grade reading and math sections of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)  NAEP only given to a random sample of students in state

13 Multiple School Classifications  A spectrum of school classifications allows for the identification of diverse school outcomes. Excelling Improving Maintaining Underperforming Failing (in subsequent years) Each school will be given a single school classification

14 AZ LEARNS: HB2658  Baseline achievement profiles due to be set as of last year (Oct. 2001)  First identification of Underperforming Schools THIS October (2002)

15 AZ LEARNS: HB2658  If Underperforming, a school must: -within 30 days, provide written notification to residents in attendance area -within 90 days develop an improvement plan and submit to State Superintendent -within 30 days of submission of improvement plan hold a special public hearing -if improvement plan is submitted to State Superintendent more than 90 days late, classroom site fund monies will be withheld (Prop 301) -school district superintendent must testify before SBOE and discuss reasons for lateness

16 AZ LEARNS: HB2658  If Underperforming for a second year, the ADE must visit school site to confirm data leading to school being designated as Failing; also ADE must review school improvement plan  If all is confirmed that school is Underperforming for a second year, school is designated as Failing  Failing schools will be assigned solutions team by State Superintendent to revise improvement plan -comprised of master teachers, fiscal analysts and curriculum assessment experts that have been certified by ADE

17 AZ LEARNS: HB2658  In addition, if school is Failing: -must provide written notification regarding Failing School to each residence in attendance area within 30 days of designation as Failing -must evaluate need for changes to existing improvement plan and consider recommendations of ADE solutions team within 60 days of designation as Failing -governing board must hold public hearing in each school designated as Failing (30 days after resubmitting improvement plan to ADE)

18 AZ LEARNS: HB2658  CSF funds can be withheld if timelines not met  Pupils attending Failing schools can receive tutoring paid for from Failing Schools Tutoring Fund (est. in Education 2000)  Schools that do not meet NCLB Adequate Yearly Progress goals over period of time are subject to progressive intervention up to restructuring, private management or takeover


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