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SB-1632 Education resources.(1999-2000)

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Senate Bill No. 1632
CHAPTER 996

An act to amend Section 33126 of, and to add Sections 33126.1 and 33126.2 to, the Education Code, relating to education, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 30, 2000. Approved by Governor  September 29, 2000. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1632, Poochigian. Education resources.
(1) Existing law, the Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act, requires a school accountability report card to include certain assessments of school conditions.
This bill would require the State Department of Education to develop and recommend for adoption a standardized template for the school accountability report card, as specified, and definitions for the elements required to be included in the school accountability report card.
The bill would require the State Department of Education to annually post the viewable template on the Internet. The bill would require that the template be designed so that it can be downloaded and data may be entered electronically by schools or districts.
The bill would also require the Secretary for Education to review the data elements provided by school districts via the school accountability report card to determine the extent to which the data elements may be incorporated into the Academic Performance Index. The bill would authorize the Superintendent of Public Instruction to recommend additional data elements for inclusion in the Academic Performance Index to be included, as specified.
(2) The bill would appropriate $330,000 from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction according to a specified schedule.
(3) The bill would state that the Legislature finds and declares that the bill furthers the purposes of the Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act.
(4) The bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Appropriation: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to make the school accountability report card a more effective tool for providing public information by achieving all of the following:
(a) Providing consistent definitions and format for reporting data.
(b) Providing that the school accountability report card becomes a meaningful tool to understand the rating of a school by the academic performance index pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 52051) of Chapter 6.1 of Part 28 of the Education Code by including all of the components of measurement employed by the academic performance index, including subgroup comparisons as defined by the Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Committee pursuant to Section 52052.5 of the Education Code.
(c) Providing that the school accountability report card includes comparative information that, when possible, enables a reader to compare a particular school to other schools in the same district and to schools in other districts in the state, to compare the district of a particular school to other school districts, and to compare a particular school or district to a statewide average for the same.
(d) Ease the burden on schools of collecting and reporting data.
(e) Standardize the definitions on the school accountability report card to be consistent with the definitions already in place or under development at the state level with definitions pursuant to the academic performance index superseding conflicting definitions.
(f) Protect the personalized descriptive aspect of the report card by providing space on the model report card and suggesting its use to encourage districts to continue to provide descriptive information.

SEC. 2.

 Section 33126 of the Education Code is amended to read:

33126.
 (a) The school accountability report card shall provide data by which parents can make meaningful comparisons between public schools enabling them to make informed decisions on which school to enroll their children.
(b) The school accountability report card shall include, but is not limited to, assessment of the following school conditions:
(1) (A) Pupil achievement by grade level, as measured by the standardized testing and reporting programs pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 60640) of Chapter 5 of Part 33.
(B) Pupil achievement in and progress toward meeting reading, writing, arithmetic, and other academic goals, including results by grade level from the assessment tool used by the school district using percentiles when available for the most recent three-year period.
(C) After the state develops a statewide assessment system pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 60600) and Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 60800) of Part 33, pupil achievement by grade level, as measured by the results of the statewide assessment.
(D) Secondary schools with high school seniors shall list both the average verbal and math Scholastic Assessment Test scores to the extent provided to the school and the percentage of seniors taking that exam for the most recent three-year period.
(2) Progress toward reducing dropout rates, including the one-year dropout rate listed in the California Basic Education Data System or any successor data system for the schoolsite over the most recent three-year period, and the graduation rate, as defined by the State Board of Education, over the most recent three-year period when available pursuant to Section 52052.
(3) Estimated expenditures per pupil and types of services funded.
(4) Progress toward reducing class sizes and teaching loads, including the distribution of class sizes at the schoolsite by grade level, the average class size, and, if applicable, the percentage of pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, participating in the Class Size Reduction Program established pursuant to Chapter 6.10 (commencing with Section 52120) of Part 28, using California Basic Education Data System or any successor data system information for the most recent three-year period.
(5) The total number of the school’s fully credentialed teachers, the number of teachers relying upon emergency credentials, the number of teachers working without credentials, and any assignment of teachers outside their subject areas of competence for the most recent three-year period.
(6) Quality and currency of textbooks and other instructional materials, including whether textbooks and other materials meet state standards and have been adopted by the State Board of Education for kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, and adopted by the governing boards of school districts for grades 9 to 12, inclusive, and the ratio of textbooks per pupil and the year the textbooks were adopted.
(7) The availability of qualified personnel to provide counseling and other pupil support services, including the ratio of academic counselors per pupil.
(8) Availability of qualified substitute teachers.
(9) Safety, cleanliness, and adequacy of school facilities.
(10) Adequacy of teacher evaluations and opportunities for professional improvement, including the annual number of schooldays dedicated to staff development for the most recent three-year period.
(11) Classroom discipline and climate for learning, including suspension and expulsion rates for the most recent three-year period.
(12) Teacher and staff training, and curriculum improvement programs.
(13) Quality of school instruction and leadership.
(14) The degree to which pupils are prepared to enter the workforce.
(15) The total number of instructional minutes offered in the school year, separately stated for each grade level, as compared to the total number of the instructional minutes per school year required by state law, separately stated for each grade level.
(16) The total number of minimum days, as specified in Sections 46112, 46113, 46117, and 46141, in the school year.
(17) The number of advanced placement courses offered, by subject.
(18) The Academic Performance Index, including the disaggregation of subgroups as set forth in Section 52052 and the decile rankings and a comparison of schools.
(19) Whether a school qualified for the Immediate Intervention Underperforming Schools Program pursuant to Section 52053 and whether the school applied for, and received a grant pursuant to, that program.
(20) Whether the school qualifies for the Governor’s Performance Award Program.
(21) When available, the percentage of pupils, including the disaggregation of subgroups as set forth in Section 52052, completing grade 12 who successfully complete the high school exit examination, as set forth in Sections 60850 and 60851, as compared to the percentage of pupils in the district and statewide completing grade 12 who successfully complete the examination.
(22) Contact information pertaining to any organized opportunities for parental involvement.
(23) For secondary schools, the percentage of graduates who have passed course requirements for entrance to the University of California and the California State University pursuant to Section 51225.3 and the percentage of pupils enrolled in those courses, as reported by the California Basic Education Data System or any successor data system.
(24) Whether the school has a college admission test preparation course program.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that schools make a concerted effort to notify parents of the purpose of the school accountability report cards, as described in this section, and ensure that all parents receive a copy of the report card; to ensure that the report cards are easy to read and understandable by parents; to ensure that local educational agencies with access to the Internet make available current copies of the report cards through the Internet; and to ensure that administrators and teachers are available to answer any questions regarding the report cards.

SEC. 3.

 Section 33126.1 is added to the Education Code, to read:

33126.1.
 (a) The State Department of Education shall develop and recommend for adoption by the State Board of Education a standardized template intended to simplify the process for completing the school accountability report card and make the school accountability report card more meaningful to the public.
(b) The standardized template shall include fields for the insertion of data and information by the State Department of Education and by local educational agencies. When the template for a school is completed, it should enable parents and guardians to compare how local schools compare to other schools within that district as well as other schools in the state.
(c) In conjunction with the development of the standardized template, the State Department of Education shall furnish standard definitions for school conditions included in the school accountability report card. The standard definitions shall comply with the following:
(1) Definitions shall be consistent with the definitions already in place or under the development at the state level pursuant to existing law.
(2) Definitions shall enable schools to furnish contextual or comparative information to assist the public in understanding the information in relation to the performance of other schools.
(3) Definitions shall specify the data for which the State Department of Education will be responsible for providing and the data and information for which the local educational agencies will be responsible.
(d) By December 1, 2000, the State Department of Education shall report to the State Board of Education on the school conditions for which it already has standard definitions in place or under development. The report shall include a survey of the conditions for which the State Department of Education has valid and reliable data at the state, district, or school level. The report shall provide a timetable for the inclusion of conditions for which standard definitions or valid and reliable data do not yet exist through the State Department of Education.
(e) By December 1, 2000, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall recommend and the State Board of Education shall appoint 13 members to serve on a broad-based advisory committee of local administrators, educators, parents, and other knowledgeable parties to develop definitions for the school conditions for which standard definitions do not yet exist. The State Board of Education may designate outside experts in performance measurements in support of activities of the advisory board.
(f) By January 1, 2001, the State Board of Education shall approve available definitions for inclusion in the template as well as a timetable for the further development of definitions and data collection procedures. By July 1, 2001, and each year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall adopt the template for the current year’s school accountability report card. Definitions for all school conditions shall be included in the template by July 1, 2002.
(g) The State Department of Education shall annually post the completed and viewable template on the Internet. The template shall be designed to allow schools or districts to download the template from the Internet. The template shall further be designed to allow local educational agencies, including individual schools, to enter data into the school accountability report card electronically, individualize the report card, and further describe the data elements. The State Department of Education shall establish model guidelines and safeguards that may be used by school districts secured access only for those school officials authorized to make modifications.
(i) The State Department of Education shall maintain current Internet links with the web sites of local educational agencies to provide parents and the public with easy access to the school accountability report cards maintained on the Internet. In order to ensure the currency of these Internet links, local educational agencies that provide access to school accountability report cards through the Internet shall furnish current Uniform Resource Locators for their web sites to the State Department of Education.
(j) A school or school district that chooses not to utilize the standardized template adopted pursuant to this section shall report the data for its school accountability report card in a manner that is consistent with the definitions adopted pursuant to subdivision (c) of this section.
(k) The State Department of Education shall provide recommendations for changes to the California Basic Education Data System, or any successor data system, and other data collection mechanisms to ensure that the information will be preserved and available in the future.
(l) Local educational agencies shall make these school accountability report cards available through the Internet or through paper copies.
(m) The State Department of Education shall monitor the compliance of local educational agencies with the requirements to prepare and to distribute school accountability report cards.

SEC. 4.

 Section 33126.2 is added to the Education Code, to read:

33126.2.
 (a) The Secretary for Education, as part of the study conducted pursuant to Provision 2 of Item 0650-011-0001 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act of 2000, shall review the data elements provided by school districts via their school accountability report cards to determine to what extent these data elements may be incorporated into the Academic Performance Index, as established by Section 52052. This review may include, but is not limited to, the number of computers per pupil, quality and capacity of technology in the classroom, postsecondary matriculation data, and disaggregation of required data elements by subgroups. The Superintendent of Public Instruction may also recommend additional data elements for inclusion in the Academic Performance Index. Data elements may be incorporated in the Academic Performance Index only after those elements have been determined by the State Board of Education to be valid and reliable for the purpose of measuring school performance, and only if their inclusion would not be likely to result in a valid claim against the state for reimbursement pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall additionally review, and the State Board of Education shall consider, any empirical research data that becomes available concerning barriers to equal opportunities to succeed educationally for all California pupils, regardless of socioeconomic background. Upon obtaining this information, the board shall evaluate whether there is any need to revise the school accountability report card.

SEC. 5.

 The sum of three hundred thirty thousand dollars ($330,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for allocation according to the following schedule:
(a) One hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) to support the activities of the advisory committee established pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 33126.1 of the Education Code. Funds appropriated for the purposes of this subdivision that have not been allocated by June 30, 2001, shall be available for allocation and expenditure for the purposes of this subdivision in the 2001–02 fiscal year.
(b) Two hundred thirty thousand dollars ($230,000) for two personnel years and associated data processing costs to provide support services for the implementation of Sections 33126 and 33126.1 of the Education Code, including the monitoring of compliance of legal education agencies, the monitoring of the contract for the posting of standardized templates, technical assistance to local educational agencies, and the preparation of data files.

SEC. 6.

 The Legislature finds and declares that this act furthers the purposes of the Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act.

SEC. 7.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to make information available to parents as soon as possible regarding performance of public schools, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.