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  • AASA Advocacy BriefingAASA Advocacy ConferenceArlington, VAJuly 9, 2013

  • Message RE: Student Success Act, HR 5House Version of ESEA

    Ask Representatives to Support the Student Success Act, HR 5, House Committee reported billBalances need for focus on improvement for low income students and transparency with state control of standards, assessments and accountabilityProvides greater state autonomy and local flexibilityOppose any voucher amendmentOppose amendments eliminating accountability for charter schools

  • Messages RE: Senate Reauthorization of ESEA Ask Senators to Support Alexander bill Every Child Ready for College or Career Act a better option:Lost in Committee on a party line voteWill be offered on the floor as a substitute leaves critical decisions in state hands Balances concern for transparency and accountability with the need for state autonomy and local flexibilityAsk Senators to Oppose S. 1094 Strengthening Americas Schools Act, SASA, More complicated and top down than NCLBAccountability system built to over estimate failure and reduce public supportGives Secretary of Education authority over all critical state decisions

  • Messages RE: Senate ESEA Action A third option may be possibleThe Harkin/Enzi/Alexander bill from 112th Congress if reintroduced and brought to the floor ask Senators to supportThis is a long shot third option.The Harkin/Enzi/Alexander bill did have:Broad support from all education groups including AASA, NSBA, NEA, AFT and CCSSOBalanced concerns about improvement with autonomy for states over standards and assessments

  • AASA Positions: OPPOSE Harkin Bill

    AASA PositionHarkin Bill Support for state-developed standards, which may include Common Core No. Requires Joining Other StatesOpposition to federally established national standardsYESSeparate accountability and instructional measures NOClear and accurate accountability measuresNO

  • AASA Positions: OPPOSE Harkin Bill

    AASA PositionHarkin Bill Less intrusive and costly testing for accountabilityNOTests for accountability need permit; Shift to sample method NOMeasure student growthYES, Secretarial approval requiredMultiple sources of assessment and informationNOT CLEAR, BUT USES NCLB LANGUAGE SO PROBABLY NOT

  • AASA Positions: OPPOSE Harkin Bill

    AASA PositionHarkin Bill Individualized Education Plans should shape assessment for students with disabilities NOEliminate capsNOAssess ELL students in a language they understand. Support metric that reflects total ELL subgroup PARTIAL- 2 years rather than 1 yearEmphasize rewards not punishment build capacity. NO

  • AASA Positions: OPPOSE Harkin Bill

    AASA PositionHarkin Bill Disaggregate student outcomes - adjust for new student categoriesYESEliminate mandatory set-asides, especially for SES & choiceYESCalculate graduation rates that recognize multiple pathways to graduation (including high school diplomas and GEDs)NOCalculate graduation rates at the 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-year timeframes, without penalty YES, w/o 6 year rate

  • AASA Positions: OPPOSE Harkin Bill

    AASA PositionHarkin Bill Focus state interventions on building capacity. YESSpecial consideration for alternative schools.NOSupport a broad range of turn-around models.NO

  • AASA Positions: OPPOSE Harkin Bill

    AASA PositionHarkin Bill Evaluations must be focused on improving instruction and building teacher capacity, rather than teacher ranking. YESAccountability for effectiveness is a state and local responsibility.YESCompensation decisions are a state and local matter.YESProvide additional ESEA funds for hard-to-staff schools.NOStudent performance should be part of evaluations but should include multiple measures of performance not a single test.YES

  • AASA Positions: OPPOSE Harkin Bill

    AASA PositionHarkin BillVoucherNO Voucher includedMaintain current MOEYesMaintain current comparabilityNO substitutes a per pupil expenditure requirementCharter schoolsFavorable treatment compared to public schools

  • Example of what is wrong with S. 1094Required 28 items on report card for states and school districtsStudent achievement at each performance level on the State academic assessments5 of students who do not take the state tests3 year trend in each subject testedComparison with the state average for each subject3 year trend for each subject by grade level# & % of students taking the alternate assessment# & % of ELLs and their language proficiencyRates and % of pregnant and parenting in mainstream schoolsRates and % of P and P in alternative schools# and % of P and P achieving proficiency by grade and subjectGraduation rates for P and PIncidence of bullying, violence, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, in school suspensions, out of school suspensions, expulsions, referrals to law enforcement, disciplinary transfers, and student detentions for each disaggregated category

  • Example of what is wrong with s. 1094Required 28 items on report card for states and school districtsHigh school graduation rate for each high school# of students enrolling in IHEs% taking remedial coursed in IHEsThe evaluation results for teachers and principals (4 place scale)Discipline data, expulsions and suspensionsRate of students getting college credit for HS courses# of pregnant and parenting students in secondary schools# of students in foster care

    Average class size by gradeSchools categorization under accountability systemMost recent NAEP results disaggregated# of districts using PBIS# of students served in early interveningWho was put in SPED after early intervening# of districts that have school mental health programsComparison of athletic opportunities, facilities, coaches and uniforms for boys and girls# of students

  • AASA Position: SUPPORT Alexander Bill

    AASA PositionAlexander BillSupport for state-developed standards, which may include Common Core YESOpposition to federally established national standardsYESSeparate accountability and instructional measures State DecisionClear and accurate accountability measuresState Decision

  • AASA Position: SUPPORT Alexander Bill

    AASA POSITIONAlexander billLess intrusive and costly testing for accountabilityState Decision

    Tests for accountability need permit Shift to sample method NOMeasure student growthState DecisionMultiple sources of assessment and informationState decision

  • AASA Position: SUPPORT Alexander Bill

    AASA PositionAlexander BillIndividualized Education Plans should shape assessment for students with disabilitiesYESEliminate capsYESAssess ELL students in a language they understand. Support metric that reflects total ELL subgroup

    Partial 2 years rather than 1 yardEmphasize rewards not punishment build capacity. State Decision

  • AASA Position: SUPPORT Alexander Bill

    AASA PositionAlexander BillDisaggregate student outcomes - adjust for new student categoriesYESEliminate mandatory set-asides, especially for SES & choiceYESCalculate graduation rates that recognize multiple pathways to graduationState DecisionCalculate graduation rates at the 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-year timeframes, without penalty STATE DECISION, EXCEPT NO 6TH YEAR

  • AASA Position: Support Alexander Bill

    AASA PositionAlexander Bill

    Focus state interventions on building capacity. YESSpecial consideration for alternative schoolsState DecisionPlan and implement state intervention in conjunction with school districtsYESSupport a broad range of turn-around models.State Decision

  • AASA Position: Support Alexander Bill

    AASA PositionAlexander BillEvaluations must be focused on improving instruction and building teacher capacity, rather than teacher ranking. YESAccountability for effectiveness is a state and local responsibility.YESCompensation decisions are a state and local matter.YESProvide additional ESEA funds for hard-to-staff schools.State DecisionStudent performance should be part of evaluations but should include multiple measures of performance not a single testState Decision

  • AASA Position: Support Alexander Bill

    AASA PositionAlexander BillVoucherNO, but expect an amendment express opposition if the amendment passesMaintain current MOEEliminatedMaintain Current ComparabilityYESCharter SchoolsFavorable treatment compared to public schools

  • AASA Position: Support Kline Bill

    AASA PositionsKline BillSupport for state-developed standards, which may include Common Core YESOpposition to federally established national standardsYESSeparate accountability and instructional measures State DecisionClear and accurate accountability measuresState Decision

  • AASA Position: Support Kline Bill

    AASA PositionsKline BillLess intrusive and costly testing for accountabilityState DecisionTests for accountability need permit Shift to sample method NOMeasure student growthMeasure student growthState DecisionMultiple sources of assessment and informationState Decision

  • AASA Position: Support Kline Bill

    AASA PositionsKline BillIndividualized Education Plans should shape assessment for students with disabilities YESEliminate capsYESAssess ELL students in a language they understand. Support metric that reflects total ELL subgroup Partial 2 years rather than 1Emphasize rewards not punishment build capacity. State Decision

  • Disaggregate student outcomes - adjust for new student categoriesYESEliminate mandatory set-asides, especially for SES & choiceYESCalculate graduation rates that recognize multiple pathways to graduation (including high school diplomas and GEDsState DecisionCalculate graduation rates at the 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-year timeframes, without penalty State Decision, but without the 6th year

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