April 12, 2012
State Board of Education approves appeals rules
Board also briefed on a new comprehensive innovation schools report
The Colorado State Board of Education met this week for a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 11. Highlights from the meeting include:
The State Board of Education voted 7-0 yesterday to approve rules regarding the process for nonprobationary teachers to appeal a second consecutive performance evaluation rating of ineffective or partially effective. The rules are available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/EducatorEffectiveness/RB-Rulemaking.asp. Next, the rules will go to the Office of the Attorney General for review, before being submitted to the General Assembly for its review and approval.
Budget and School Finance
The Long Bill (House Bill 12-1335) passed the House of Representatives on April 12. The bill proposes a personal services reduction of 1 percent and only applies to Long Bill lines containing 20 FTE or more. The amount of the reduction applied to CDE is approximately $127,000. The amount for educator effectiveness includes funding for implementation at $6.4 million and ongoing operations for the Educator Effectiveness Office at $424,390. While the School Counselor Corps program was reduced by $480,000 during the Joint Budget Committee figure setting, the School Finance Act includes an appropriation to restore this amount to the full $5 million. The final amount for the development for social studies and science assessments and updating existing assessments is $6.3 million.
Provisions in the School Finance Bill (House Bill 12-1345) include funding that holds the statewide average per pupil funding the same as 2011-12 at $6,474.24. A district by district comparison between 2011-12 and 2012-13 funding is available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdefinance/SchoolFinanceFundingFY2012-13.htm. The School Finance Bill also provides an additional $1 million for charter school capital construction taking the amount to a total of $6 million. In addition, the bill provides $1.3 million to assist local districts with the implementation of the state’s educational priorities. Educational priorities will be determined every three years by the commissioner of education, with input from BOCES and rural schools, and will likely include implementation of the new academic standards and Senate Bill 10-191. The appropriate funds will be distributed to local BOCES, which must submit a plan to the State Board of Education detailing how the funds will be used. The bill also allows for the appropriation of funds to be used by CDE to hire a rural school liaison.
Assistant Commissioner of Innovation and Choice Amy Anderson presented key findings from a new, more comprehensive annual report about innovation schools. Colorado Innovation Schools Act Annual Report found that most innovation schools are in Denver (19) and that Denver has used innovation status as a lever for turnaround. While the percent of innovation school students scoring proficient or advanced on state tests is significantly lower than the state average, a handful of those schools have increased their median growth percentile since getting innovation designation. More than half of the innovation schools showed greater than average growth.
Race to the Top Round Three
CDE submitted Race to the Top scopes of work to the U.S. Department of Education for the 161school districts participating in the national grant. Districts must use their grant funds to support standards implementation, educator evaluation or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. To read the update on the implementation on activities, visit http://bit.ly/HOwvF9. For more information, visit www.cde.state.co.us/index_educator_RTTT3.asp
In February 2011, the second iteration of the TELL Colorado Survey was conducted. Nearly 30,000 educators (47 percent) from across the state shared their perceptions of the teaching and learning conditions in the schools in which they work, indicating whether they have the kind of supportive teaching and learning conditions necessary for enabling teachers and students to be most successful. In this latest iteration, 847 schools (59 percent) across the state met or exceeded the 50 percent response rate necessary for access to detailed and summary school level reports about their teaching conditions, an increase of 11 percent (or 210 schools) from the 2009 survey. School, district and state data, as well as other research reports published on the 2011 TELL Colorado results—general trends, new teacher support, and principal support—are available electronically at http://www.tellcolorado.org.