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Esea presentation 11012013

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Esea presentation 11012013

  1. 1. NCLB & the Alaska Flexibility Waiver An Overview of ESEA Requirements AGSD Staff Presentation, November 1, 2013
  2. 2. Reasons for the ESEA Waiver • AMO targets required all students to be proficient in 2013-2014. • The number of Alaska (and US) schools not making AYP will increase dramatically over the next two years untill all students are perfectly proficient. • Current NCLB targets are “all or nothing” for meeting AYP and do not recognize growth or progress. • Current NCLB requirements creates barriers to state and local implementation of reforms that could focus resources where they are needed most.
  3. 3. Key Provisions of NCLB to be Waived 1. Timeline for all students to be proficient by 2013–2014 2. School improvement levels and required consequences (school improvement, corrective action and restructuring) 3. Requirement to use 20% of Title I-A allocation for choice/SES for schools in improvement 4. Requirements and consequences for districts to be identified for improvement or corrective action 5. Highly qualified teacher plan requirements (but still must meet targets for all teachers to be highly qualified)
  4. 4. Key Provisions of NCLB to be Waived 6. Highly qualified teacher plan requirements (but still must meet targets for all teachers to be highly qualified) 7. Allows rural districts eligible for REAP to use funds for any purpose regardless of AYP status and increases flexibility under transfer of funds provision. 8. Allows Title I schools to operate schoolwide programs with less than 40% poverty. 9. Allows school improvement funds under section 1003(a) to serve any Title I priority or focus school and SIG funds under 1003(g) to serve any Title I priority school
  5. 5. Key Principles of the EASA Waiver 1. Principal 1 College & Career Ready Expectations for All Students 2. Principal 2 Accountability, and Support Rewards, Priority & Focus Schools Turnaround Principals 3. Principal 3 Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership Guidelines for Teacher & Principal Evaluation Systems
  6. 6. Principal 1: College & Career Expectations for All Requirements for ESEA waiver: • Adopt college- and career-ready (CCR) standards in at least reading/language arts and mathematics (not required to adopt Common Core standards; state’s standards would need approval from Institutions of Higher Education that students who meet standards would not need remediation in college) • Transition to and implementation of CCR standards • Develop and administer statewide, aligned, high-quality assessments that measure student growth • Adopt English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards for English Learners that correspond to the state’s new CCR standards and develop aligned ELP assessments
  7. 7. Principle 2: Accountability & Support Requirements for ESEA waiver: • Accountability system for all schools – Provide a state developed differentiated accountability system for all schools to improve student achievement and school performance, close achievement gaps, and increase the quality of instruction for all students • AMO targets – Set ambitious but achievable AMO targets for the percent of students proficient in English/Language Arts and Math; report for all students and all NCLB subgroups annually • Incentives and supports for all Title I schools • Build state, district, and school capacity to improve student learning in all schools
  8. 8. Principle 2: Reward, Priority & Focus Schools Requirements for ESEA waiver: • Reward schools: Provide incentives and recognition for high-progress and highest-performing Title I schools • Priority schools: Identify at least 5% of Title I lowestperforming schools and implement interventions aligned with the turnaround principles required by US ED in the waiver package • Focus schools: Identify at least 10% of Title I schools as those with the greatest achievement gaps or low graduation rates and implement interventions in those schools to close achievement gaps and raise graduation rates
  9. 9. Principle 2: Turnaround Principles Requirements for ESEA waiver: Required for 3 years in Priority schools: • Ensure strong leadership by replacing the principal or demonstrate principal effectiveness; • ensure effective teachers by reviewing quality of staff and retaining those determined to be effective and providing professional development; • Redesign school day, week or year to provide additional time for student learning and teacher collaboration; • ensure research-based and aligned instructional programs; • use student data to inform instruction; • establish positive school environment; and • provide mechanisms for family and community engagement
  10. 10. Principle 3: Support Effective Instruction & Leadership Requirements for ESEA Waiver: • Develop and adopt state guidelines for local teacher and principal evaluation and support systems • Ensure districts implement teacher and principal evaluation and support systems that are consistent with state guidelines • Support teacher and principal effectiveness beyond the current highly qualified teacher requirements
  11. 11. Principle 3: Guidelines for Teacher & Principal Evaluation Requirements for ESEA Waiver: The teacher and principal evaluation systems must: • be used for continual improvement of instruction; • differentiate performance with at least 3 levels; • include as a significant factor data on student learning growth for all students (including English Learners and students with disabilities), and other measures of professional practice; • evaluate teachers and principals on a regular basis; • provide clear, timely, and useful feedback, including feedback that identifies needs and guides professional development; and be used to inform personnel decisions.
  12. 12. What happens if ESEA is reauthorized? – The state would be required to implement the provisions of the new law at the time it takes effect. Some of the elements of the waiver provisions might be continued under the new law, and others would need to be changed.
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