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Valenzuela /California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Lawsuit Settlement. California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) January 15, 2008. Lawsuit Background.

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Valenzuela/California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)Lawsuit Settlement

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA)

January 15, 2008

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Lawsuit Background

  • In February 2006, Morrison & Foerster LLP representing California students unable to graduate as a result of failing the CAHSEE, filed a class action lawsuit against the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State of California, the California Department of Education, and the California State Board of Education

  • The lawsuit alleged that the State failed to provide students, especially those living in poverty, with an equal and reasonable opportunity to pass the CAHSEE

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Implementing Legislation

AB 347 (Nava, Chapter 526, Statutes of 2007)

  • Requires school districts, charter schools, and county superintendents that participate in a specified categorical funding program -- the intensive instruction and services program -- to offer services to students who did not pass the CAHSEE by the end of grade 12

  • Establishes oversight and monitoring responsibilities for county superintendents

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


LEAs Affected by AB 347

  • Over 600 LEAs (school districts, county offices, and direct-funded charter schools) were approved for funding from the CAHSEE intensive instruction and services program in 2007-08

  • 51 out of 58 County Superintendents secured funding from the intensive instruction and services program for county-operated programs in 2007-08 and are subject to all requirements

  • 57 out of 58 counties have participating LEAs subject to monitoring and oversight in 2007-08

  • 134 direct-funded charter schools are participating

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Key Elements of AB 347

Eligibility for services:

  • Students who did not pass the CAHSEE by the end of grade 12, beginning with Class of 2006

  • Students are entitled to services for two consecutive academic years following grade 12

    Basis for Funding Allocation:

  • Students in grade 12 that have not passed the CAHSEE

  • Students in grade 11 that have not passed the CAHSEE, if funds are not exhausted

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Key Elements of AB 347

Notification requirements:

  • Notify students of eligibility for services and the right to file a complaint regarding those services by sending a letter to last known address

  • Notify students before the end of the school term in sufficient time to register for services

  • Notify students each term for two academic years after grade 12

  • Post notice of eligibility for services at district office, school sites, and on district Internet website

  • In 07-08, LEAs must notify eligible students in the Classes of 2006 and 2007; Class of 2008 notified before end of June 2008

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Key Elements of AB 347 (cont’d)

Funding may be used for (examples):

  • Individual or small group instruction

  • Hiring of additional teachers

  • Purchasing, scoring, and review diagnostic assessments

  • Counseling

  • Designing instruction to meet specific needs of pupils

  • Appropriate teacher training

  • Instruction in English Language Arts or Math or both

  • Services provided by a public or nonpublic entity

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Key Elements of AB 347 (cont’d)

Services must:

  • Be provided until student passes CAHSEE, or a maximum of 2 consecutive academic years of service after grade 12

  • Be based on diagnostic assessments and prior results of the CAHSEE

  • Be provided to English Learners to improve English proficiency, as needed, to pass the CAHSEE

  • Employ strategies that are most likely to result in students passing the CAHSEE

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Key Elements of AB 347 (cont’d)

Examples of services provided to students distinct from prior comprehensive high school services (e.g. time of services):

  • Diagnostic assessment

  • Individual instruction in CAHSEE academic content areas

  • Group instruction in CAHSEE academic content areas

  • English language development for English learners geared to passage of the CAHSEE

  • Instruction in test taking skills, individual or group

  • Academic counseling services, individual or group

  • Online instruction

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Key Elements of AB 347 (cont’d)

Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP) Revised Classroom Notice requirements:

  • Use revised Williams UCP policy and classroom notice at all LEA schools serving students in grades 10-12 to resolve complaints related to the opportunity to receive intensive instruction and services

  • Immediately forward complaints related to intensive instruction and services to the official designated at the LEA to receive complaints

  • Submit a quarterly report of summarized data on the nature and resolution of complaints to the governing board and county superintendent

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Key Elements of AB 347 (cont’d)

Other requirements:

  • If the LEA participates in the Middle and High School Supplemental Counseling Program, provide information to pupils in grade 12 about the availability of intensive instruction and services

  • Submit data annually to Superintendent of Public Instruction and County Superintendent regarding:

    • Intensive Instruction and Services Program

    • Middle and High School Supplemental Counseling Program

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Key Elements of AB 347 (cont’d)

Establishes County Superintendent monitoring responsibilities:

  • Verify that all participating LEAs notified eligible students

  • Verify that students who elect to receive services are served

  • Contract with another county superintendent to monitor county-operated programs

  • Include verification information in quarterly reports to local district and county boards for Williams schools in Deciles 1-3 serving students in grades 10-12 and in annual report due in November 2008

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


Verification Protocolin 2007-08

1. Letter or orientation meeting for all LEAs participating in the CAHSEE intensive instruction and services program (Jan – Feb 2008)

2. Documentation review (March – April 2008)

3. Quarterly and annual reporting for Williams schools in Deciles 1-3 serving students in grades 10-12

  • Quarterly (April and July 2008)

  • Annually (November 2008)

    4. Optional Letter of Findings to non-Williams LEAs

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


2008-09 Visits to Williams Deciles 1-3 Schools

  • Visits begin in 2008-09

  • Coordinate Valenzuela verification visits with Williams and Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) monitoring and oversight

  • CCSESA will offer Spring 2008 Training for county offices

© 2008 California County Superintendents Educational Services Association


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