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AB-2820 School accountability: school conditions and climate surveys: technical design group.(2017-2018)

As Amends the Law Today


 Article 3 (commencing with Section 52053) is added to Chapter 6.1 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  3. School Conditions and Climate Surveys
 (a) On or before March 1, 2019, the Superintendent shall convene a technical design group, composed of stakeholders and technical experts who can advise the department on survey validity and reliability, to develop criteria for vetting and certifying school conditions and climate surveys.
(b) The Superintendent, on or before July 1, 2019, shall compile a list of state-vetted surveys. The list shall be posted on the department’s Internet Web site.
(c) The selection of surveys compiled pursuant to subdivision (b) shall include survey tools for surveying families, pupils, teachers, staff, and administrators, and for measuring the following four domains of school conditions and climate:
(1) Safety.
(2) Relationships among all stakeholders.
(3) Conditions for teaching and learning.
(4) Empowerment and engagement.
(d) (1) Beginning in the 2019–20 school year, school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education may use one of the state’s vetted school conditions and climate survey tools to survey pupils, families, teachers, classified staff, and administrators.
(2) Contingent upon a specific appropriation by the Legislature for this purpose, all state-vetted and state-supported surveys, along with basic analysis and reports, shall be free of charge to a school district, charter school, or county office of education that agrees to administer the surveys annually. The department shall contract with a county office of education to provide free school conditions and climate surveys to school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education.
(3) A school district, county office of education, or charter school that elects not to use the free surveys may continue administering its own survey tools, in accordance with paragraph (6) of subdivision (d) of Section 52060 and paragraph (6) of subdivision (d) of Section 52066 and any guidelines adopted by the state board.
(e) Results from a survey described in this section shall not be used for purposes of employee evaluation.
 Implementation of this article is contingent upon an appropriation made in the annual Budget Act for these purposes.