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1 IRA Legislative Workshop March 2011

2 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 2 Goals Provide participants with background on: Provide participants with background on: US Federal Government Education Policy ProceduresUS Federal Government Education Policy Procedures State Government Education Policy ProceduresState Government Education Policy Procedures Specific areasSpecific areas Assist with the development of state capacity to impact education policy Assist with the development of state capacity to impact education policy

3 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 3 Thursday, March 17 – Hall of the States Room :30 – 12:00Registration 12:00 - 1:00Lunch (provided for all workshop participants) Discussion of Reading Legislation including: LEARN Bill Reauthorization of NCLB Middle School Reform Legislation Funding 1:30 – 2:30 Initiatives At Department Of Education And How Reading Will Be Impacted: Professional Development School Improvement Grants Race To The Top Other Programs (Investment in Innovation) 2:30 – 3:00Meeting Your Legislator: How to deliver your message Map of Hill Talking Points LEARN Bill Funding for reading programs 3:00 - 5:30 Hill Visits 6:30 DinnerReservations

4 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 4 Friday, March 18 – Hall of the States Room 337 B 8:30 - 9:00Breakfast (provided) 9:00 -12:00Applying Lessons Learned to State Advocacy How can you help your State and Local Council in their advocacy efforts? Selecting Issues Teaching others how to talk about these issues Being engaged in the the process 12:00 - 1:00Lunch (provided) 1:00-3:00Identify Legislative Issues and Set Priorities Using surveys/Identifying needs Internet information Legislative Agenda Committees Governors SEA

5 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 5 What is going on now? Funding Funding Rewriting ESEA Rewriting ESEA Title ITitle I Race to the TopRace to the Top SIGSIG LEARNLEARN IDEAIDEA

6 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 6 Funding - vocabulary Fiscal Year Fiscal Year School Year School Year Forward Funding Forward Funding Deficit Deficit 302(b) allocation 302(b) allocation Short-term CR Short-term CR Long-term CR Long-term CR

7 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 7 Funding is in three rivers FY 11 FY 12 Debt April 8th FY 11 FY 12 Debt April 8th

8 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 8

9 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 9 Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy $250 million - $10 million for State Literacy Teams $250 million - $10 million for State Literacy Teams Put in consolidation by Presidents Budget Put in consolidation by Presidents Budget Cut to Zero in HR 1 Cut to Zero in HR 1 Included in Senate Alternative Included in Senate Alternative In short-term CR In short-term CR Grant Application published March 10th Grant Application published March 10th

10 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 10 Striving Readers/LEARN Secondary – Elementary – Age 0 – 5 Secondary – Elementary – Age 0 – 5 State competitive applications State competitive applications State Literacy Teams State Literacy Teams Professional Development Professional Development Reading & Writing and Oral language Reading & Writing and Oral language

11 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 11 Priorities in Striving Readers Priority 1: Improving Learning Outcomes. Priority 1: Improving Learning Outcomes. Priority 2: Enabling More Data-Based Decision-Making Priority 2: Enabling More Data-Based Decision-Making Competitive Preference Priority: Effective Use of Technology. Competitive Preference Priority: Effective Use of Technology.

12 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 12 About the competitive grants Race to the Top$4 billion to states to implement broad-based education reform plans. State Longitudinal Data Systems$250 million to states to improve their data systems. Impact Aid Construction: Competitive Grants $59.8 million to school districts to make emergency repairs and modernize of their facilities. Teacher Incentive FundNearly $200 million for states, districts, and nonprofits to implement performance-based pay in school districts. Teacher Quality Partnership Program$100 promising practices. million to schools of education and districts to improve teacher-preparation programs. Investing in Innovation$650 million to districts and nonprofits to scale up

13 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 13 School Improvement Grants The Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2010, provided $546 million for School Improvement Grants in fiscal year (FY) In addition, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) estimates that, collectively, States have carried over approximately $825 million in FY 2009 SIG funds that will be combined with FY 2010 SIG funds, for a total of nearly $1.4 billion that will be awarded by States as part of their FY 2010 SIG competitions. The Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2010, provided $546 million for School Improvement Grants in fiscal year (FY) In addition, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) estimates that, collectively, States have carried over approximately $825 million in FY 2009 SIG funds that will be combined with FY 2010 SIG funds, for a total of nearly $1.4 billion that will be awarded by States as part of their FY 2010 SIG competitions.

14 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 14 School Improvement Grant (SIG) Intervention Models Turnaround Model: Replace the principal, screen existing school staff, and rehire no more than half the teachers; adopt a new governance structure; and improve the school through curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies. Turnaround Model: Replace the principal, screen existing school staff, and rehire no more than half the teachers; adopt a new governance structure; and improve the school through curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies. Restart Model: Convert a school or close it and re-open it as a charter school or under an education management organization. Restart Model: Convert a school or close it and re-open it as a charter school or under an education management organization. School Closure: Close the school and send the students to higher-achieving schools in the district. School Closure: Close the school and send the students to higher-achieving schools in the district. Transformation Model: Replace the principal and improve the school through comprehensive curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies. Transformation Model: Replace the principal and improve the school through comprehensive curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies.

15 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 15 Tier I (a) Any Title I school in improvement, corrective action or restructuring (as defined by Adequate Yearly Progress) that: (i) Is among the lowest-achieving five percent in the all students group in reading and mathematics combined for the past three consecutive years; or (ii) Is a high school that has a weighted-average graduation rate that is less than 60 percent based on the past three years of data. (b) Any Title I elementary school that: (i) Has not made AYP for at least the past two consecutive years; and (ii) Is no higher achieving than the highest-achieving school identified in (a)(i) of this section

16 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 16 Tier II (a) Any secondary school that is eligible for, but does not receive, Title I funds and that: (i) Is among the lowest-achieving five percent of secondary schools in the all students group in reading and mathematics combined for the past three consecutive years; or (ii) Is a high school that has a weighted-average graduation rate that is less than 60 percent based on the past three years of data. (b) Any Title I eligible secondary school that: (i) Has not made AYP for at least the past two consecutive years; (ii) Is no higher achieving than the highest- achieving school identified in (a)(i) of this section; and (iii) Is in Step 5 of Improvement with a decreasing performance trend.

17 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 17 Tier III Tier III schools are those that are not identified in the Tier I or Tier II categories but are Title I schools in improvement, corrective action or restructuring, as defined by Adequate Yearly Progress. Tier III also includes schools that were removed from Tier I because the total number of students in the tested grades was less than 30. Additionally, Tier III includes schools that didnt qualify as Tier I or Tier II under the definition of newly eligible. Newly eligible refers to schools described in Tier I (b) and Tier II (b) above.

18 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 18 SIG: Eight States Receive Funding to Turn Around Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools FEBRUARY 17, 2011 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on announced that eight states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the SIG program. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on announced that eight states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the SIG program. The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the SIG program in fiscal year In fiscal year 2009, states received a total of $3.5 billion for the SIG program. The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the SIG program in fiscal year In fiscal year 2009, states received a total of $3.5 billion for the SIG program. The states: Alaska Alaska Alaska Delaware Delaware Delaware Maryland Maryland Maryland Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Nevada Nevada Nevada North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina Washington Washington Washington West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia

19 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 19 Through Race to the Top, States reforms around four specific areas Through Race to the Top, States reforms around four specific areas Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy; Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy; Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction; Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction; Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; Turning around our lowest-achieving schools. Turning around our lowest-achieving schools. Turning around our lowest-achieving schools Turning around our lowest-achieving schools

20 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 20 INVESTMENT IN INNOVATION FUND Cooperative agreements (for Scale-up grants) and discretionary grants (for Validation grants and Development grants) established under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Description: Description: Funding to support LEAs, and nonprofit organizations in partnership with one or more LEAs or a consortium of schools. Provides competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement in order to expand innovative practices that have an impact on improving student achievement/growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.

21 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 21 ESEA Federal Role – State & Local Federal Role – State & Local Admin: Blue Print Competitive vs. Formula Admin: Blue Print Competitive vs. Formula Accountability Accountability Flexibility Flexibility Consolidations Consolidations Vouchers/SES/Public School Choice Vouchers/SES/Public School Choice

22 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 22 Key areas Early Childhood Early Childhood Middle & High School Middle & High School Links between Title I & IDEA & ELL Links between Title I & IDEA & ELL Accountability Accountability Common Core Standards Common Core Standards Teacher education Teacher education

23 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 23 Timing Presidential election in 2012 Presidential election in 2012 President pushing for action President pushing for action 82% of schools will fail AYP in % of schools will fail AYP in 2012 Senate working on language – held hearings in 2010 Senate working on language – held hearings in 2010 House House 13 of 23 members of majority new13 of 23 members of majority new Holding hearingsHolding hearings

24 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 24 Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act Provide federal support for literacy programs Provide federal support for literacy programs Enhance each states role in improving literacy instruction Enhance each states role in improving literacy instruction Support the creation of local high-quality literacy programs in schools Support the creation of local high-quality literacy programs in schools

25 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 25 LEARN Act Senate and House bills Literacy Education For All, Results For The Nation (LEARN) Act (111th) Senate Bill Number: S Date of Introduction: November 5, 2009 Sponsor(s): Murray (D-WA) Co-Sponsor(s): Begich (D-AK), Brown (D-OH), Dodd (D-CT), Franken (D-MN), Sanders (I-VT) S. 2740S House Bill Number: H.R Date of Introduction: November 6, 2009 Sponsor(s): Yarmuth (D-KY) Co-Sponsor(s): Berkley (D-NV), Berman (D-CA), Boucher (D-VA), Brady (D- PA), Carnahan (D-MO), Clay (D-MO), Cohen (D-TN), Connolly (D-VA), Conyers (D-MI), Courtney (D-CT), Ellison (D-MN), Eshoo (D-CA), Etheridge (D-NC), Fattah (D-PA), Fudge (D-OH), Grijalva (D-AZ), Gutierrez (D-IL), Hare (D-IL), Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD), Hirono (D-HI), Loebsack (D-IA), Markey (D-CO),Miller (D-CA), Norton (D-DC), Pingree (D-ME), Polis (D-CO), Rahall (D-WV), Richardson (D-CA), Rothman (D-NJ), Sablan (D-MP), Schauer (D-MI), Sestak (D-PA), Shea-Porter (D-NH) H.R. 4037H.R. 4037

26 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 26 SUCCESS IN THE MIDDLE ACT (As of March 10, 2011 this bill has not been re-introduced, but will be sponsored by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D- AZ) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).)

27 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 27 Success in the Middle The middle grades will play a pivotal role in enabling the nation to reach President Obamas goal of graduating all students from high school prepared for college or advanced career training. In high poverty neighborhoods, in particular, our research and school improvement work indicate that students middle grades experiences have tremendous impact on the extent to which they will close achievement gaps, graduate from high school, and be prepared for college. Putting Middle Grade Students on the Graduation Path (Balfanz, 2009)

28 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 28 Success in the Middle Solution: Success in the Middle Act would authorize federal investments in improving the education of middle grades students in low-performing schools.

29 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 29 Success in the Middle States receiving grants would implement a plan to improve student achievement that describes what students are required to know and do to successfully complete the middle grades and transition to and succeed in an academically rigorous high school that prepares them for postsecondary education and the workplace.

30 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 30 Success in the Middle: States and districts invest in Providing professional development and coaching to school leaders, teachers and other school personnel Providing professional development and coaching to school leaders, teachers and other school personnel Comprehensive, school-wide improvement efforts schools containing middle grades (5-8) from which more than 50% of students go on to attend a high school with a graduation rate of less than 60%, or schools containing middle grades in which more than 25% of students who finish their first middle grades year in the school exhibit key risk factors and early warning signs, including attendance below 90%; a failing grade in English or math or two failing grades in any courses; suspension or other evidence of poor behavior; or schools containing middle grades in which more than 50% of students in middle grades do not perform at a proficient level on state NCLB math and reading tests; and Comprehensive, school-wide improvement efforts schools containing middle grades (5-8) from which more than 50% of students go on to attend a high school with a graduation rate of less than 60%, or schools containing middle grades in which more than 25% of students who finish their first middle grades year in the school exhibit key risk factors and early warning signs, including attendance below 90%; a failing grade in English or math or two failing grades in any courses; suspension or other evidence of poor behavior; or schools containing middle grades in which more than 50% of students in middle grades do not perform at a proficient level on state NCLB math and reading tests; and Implementing student supports, such as extended learning time and personal academic plans Implementing student supports, such as extended learning time and personal academic plans

31 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 31 President Obama Fix a flawed No Child Left Behind Act Fix a flawed No Child Left Behind Act Funding for reform Funding for reform Bill on his desk by the beginning of the new school year Bill on his desk by the beginning of the new school year

32 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 32 Ideas in the Budget New New Revised Revised From last year From last year

33 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 33 Key Ideas DARPA-ED DARPA-ED Bond Bond Rewarding Title I Schools Rewarding Title I Schools Early Learning Challenge Fund Early Learning Challenge Fund

34 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 34 ARPA-E Advanced Research Projects Agency Advanced Research Projects Agency $90 million $90 million Pursue breakthrough developments ni educational technology and learning systems, support systems for educators, and tools that improve educational outcomes Pursue breakthrough developments ni educational technology and learning systems, support systems for educators, and tools that improve educational outcomes

35 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 35 Pay for Success Modeled on the social impact bonds Modeled on the social impact bonds Creates a funding stream by private and public sources that is repaid based on outcomesCreates a funding stream by private and public sources that is repaid based on outcomes Funded by I3, adult education, FIPSE, Workforce Innovation Fund, and PROMISE Funded by I3, adult education, FIPSE, Workforce Innovation Fund, and PROMISE

36 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 36 Title I Rewards Schools $300 million to LEA staff and students in high-poverty schools that are making progress improving student achievement, closing achievement gaps, and turning around low-performing schools $300 million to LEA staff and students in high-poverty schools that are making progress improving student achievement, closing achievement gaps, and turning around low-performing schools

37 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 37 Early Learning Challenge Fund $350 million $350 million The request would fund the first year of the Early Learning Challenge Grant in a new ESEA The request would fund the first year of the Early Learning Challenge Grant in a new ESEA Fund competitive grants to States Fund competitive grants to States Birth to Kindergarten entry Birth to Kindergarten entry

38 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 38 Revised ideas Race to the Top Race to the Top $900 million$900 million Funds for Districts to apply forFunds for Districts to apply for Rural competition within structureRural competition within structure School Turnaround Grants School Turnaround Grants Promised Neighborhoods Promised Neighborhoods

39 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 39 Promised Neighborhood Identifying and increasing the capacity of achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood; Identifying and increasing the capacity of achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood; Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports; Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports; Integrating programs and breaking down agency silos; Integrating programs and breaking down agency silos; Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program. Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program.

40 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 40 School Turnaround Grants $600 million – formula grants to states, which would make competitive grants to LEAs to support the implementation of rigorous interventions as identified under the Title I $600 million – formula grants to states, which would make competitive grants to LEAs to support the implementation of rigorous interventions as identified under the Title I While States and LEAs would have new flexibility under the reauthorized ESEA to develop their own improvement strategies and interventions for most schools, they would be required to implement specific, meaningful intervention models in their very lowest-performing schools. While States and LEAs would have new flexibility under the reauthorized ESEA to develop their own improvement strategies and interventions for most schools, they would be required to implement specific, meaningful intervention models in their very lowest-performing schools.

41 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 41 Consolidations Several programs are grouped into new consolidations Several programs are grouped into new consolidations Some were proposed in FY 11 Budget Some were proposed in FY 11 Budget Some are new Some are new Excellent Instructional Teams InitiativeExcellent Instructional Teams Initiative

42 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 42 Charters New proposal of $372 million for Expanding Educational Options to support the creation and expansion of effective charter schools, other effective autonomous public schools, and comprehension systems of public school choice New proposal of $372 million for Expanding Educational Options to support the creation and expansion of effective charter schools, other effective autonomous public schools, and comprehension systems of public school choice

43 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 43 Consolidation – Teachers & Leaders $2.5 billion for Effective Teachers & Leaders – States & LEAs recruit, develop, retain, and reward effective teachers and principals $2.5 billion for Effective Teachers & Leaders – States & LEAs recruit, develop, retain, and reward effective teachers and principals $500 million for Teacher and Leader innovation Fund – ambitious reforms $500 million for Teacher and Leader innovation Fund – ambitious reforms $250 million for Teacher and Leader Pathways $250 million for Teacher and Leader Pathways

44 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 44 Teacher and Learning for a Complete Education Literacy – Striving Readers, Even Start, others - $383 million Literacy – Striving Readers, Even Start, others - $383 million STEM - $206 million STEM - $206 million Well-Rounded Education - $246 million – teaching in arts, foreign languages, history, government, economics, environmental ed, phys ed, health ed, and other subjects Well-Rounded Education - $246 million – teaching in arts, foreign languages, history, government, economics, environmental ed, phys ed, health ed, and other subjects

45 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 45

46 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 46 Summary of New Budget/ESEA IDEAS Specific ideas linked to specific activities by specific entities Specific ideas linked to specific activities by specific entities Tentatively looking at new research Tentatively looking at new research Tentatively looking at new funding models Tentatively looking at new funding models

47 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 47 Issues for IRA Funding for Literacy Funding for Literacy Three areas Three areas Professional Development – CapacityProfessional Development – Capacity Direct programs – Direct ServicesDirect programs – Direct Services Research – new ideasResearch – new ideas

48 March 17, 2011 Richard Long, International Reading Association 48 How to keep up IRAs website – under advocacy IRAs website – under advocacy US Department of Education US Department of Education Congress – Library of Congress Congress – Library of Congress


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