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Contract for excellence prepared for the new york state association of small city school districts

Contract for ExcellencePrepared for theNew York State Association of Small City School Districts

Deborah H. Cunningham

Coordinator for Educational Management Services

[email protected]

May 21, 2007


Contract for excellence

Contract for Excellence

Part I: Emergency Regulation

Allowable Programs

Full-day prek and K

Class size reduction

Teacher and principal quality

Part II: Contract Funds

Allowable programs

Middle and high school restructuring

Increased time on task

Experimental

May 14, 2007


Part i emergency regulation

Part I: Emergency Regulation

  • 8NYCRR 100.13

  • Applies to 55 districts plus New York City

  • The contract amount shall be used to support new programs and new activities or expand the use of programs and activities demonstrated to improve student achievement, from defined allowable programs and activities and/or authorized experimental programs.

  • 45 Day Comment Period.

  • The Regents and the Department are actively soliciting comments.


Districts required to file contracts

Districts Required to File Contracts

A contract for excellence shall be prepared by each school district:

(i) that has at least one school currently identified pursuant to section 100.2(p) of this Part as:

(a) requiring academic progress; or

(b) in need of improvement; or

(c) in corrective action; or

(d) in restructuring; and

(ii) that receives:

(a) an increase in total foundation aid compared to the base year in an amount that equals or exceeds either fifteen million dollars or ten percent of the amount received in the base year, whichever is less; or

(b) a supplemental educational improvement plan grant.

NYC Community school districts need to file a contract that complies with the New York City School District contract.


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School Districts (outside of NYC) that will have to fileContracts for Excellence for the 2007-08 School Year


General requirements

General Requirements

  • Support new or expanded programs or experimental programs

  • Districts must show how funds are used predominately to benefits students with the greatest educational need

  • Accompanied by professional development

  • Expenditures should supplement not supplant—certified by independent auditor (25% allowed for 2007-08)

  • Additional instruction provided by highly qualified teachers

  • Coordinate with district’s comprehensive education plans


Allowable programs

Allowable Programs

  • Full Day Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten

  • Class Size Reduction

  • Improving Teacher/Principal Quality

  • Restructuring Middle School/High School

  • Increased Time on Task

  • Experimental Programs


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Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten

  • Pre-kindergarten: full day instructional program for four-year-old children.

    • Instructional program meeting state standards for four-year olds

    • Choice of:

      • Minimum full –day school program, or

      • Minimum full school day program with additional hours, or

      • Minimum full school day program with additional hours at community based organization

    • Integrates students with disabilities into full-day prekindergarten


Full day kindergarten

Full-Day Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten: full day instructional program for five-year-old children.

    • Instructional program meeting state standards for five year olds

    • Choice of:

      • Minimum full school day program, or

      • Minimum full school day program with additional hours

    • May include extended hours at school or community based organization


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Class Size Reduction (NYC)

  • Additional Classroom or Buildings

    • Five-year plan

    • Priority to Prek-12 in schools in need of improvement

    • Average class size meets commissioner guidelines

    • Appropriate instruction and content

    • Adequate/appropriate space

  • Additional Teacher/Aide(s)

    • Assign more than one teacher in a classroom to reduce student:teacher ratio.

    • Above standards met.

  • Commissioner panel to recommend appropriate standards for New York City.


Class size reduction ros

Class Size Reduction (ROS)

  • Additional Classroom

    • Priority to PreK-12 in schools in need of improvement

    • Average class size meets commissioner guidelines

    • Appropriate instruction and content

    • Adequate/appropriate space

  • Additional Teacher/Aide(s)

    • Above criteria

    • Limited to schools with no available space for additional classrooms


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Teacher and Principal

Quality Initiatives

  • Recruit and retain highly qualified teachers and principals.

  • Professional mentoring programs for beginning teachers and principals.

  • Incentive programs for highly qualified and high performing teachers to transfer to low performing schools.

  • Instructional coaches for teachers.

  • School leadership coaches for principals.


Contract for excellence1

Contract for Excellence

Part I: Emergency Regulation

Allowable Programs

Full-day prek and K

Class size reduction

Teacher and principal quality

Part II: Contract Funds

Allowable programs

Middle and high school restructuring

Increased time on task

Experimental

May 14, 2007


Part ii contract amount calculation

Part II: Contract Amount Calculation


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Middle School or High School Restructuring

  • Implement instructional program changes.

  • Make structural changes to schools.

    • Must also include instructional program changes.


Increase time on task

INCREASE TIME ON TASK

  • Option – Lengthened School Day

    • Parameters:

      • Provide additional instruction by highly qualified teachers emphasizing literacy and numeracy skills to facilitate attainment of the NYS learning standards

  • Option – Lengthened School Year

    • Parameters:

      • Provide student support services which may include guidance, counseling, attendance, behavioral support, and study skills which are needed to support improved academic performance


Time on task

Time on Task

  • Option – Dedicated Instructional Time

    • Parameters:

      • Provide a 90 to 120-minute dedicated block for explicit instruction in content areas needed to meet State learning standards

  • Option – Individualized Tutoring

    • Parameters:

      • Provide individualized tutoring in addition to required class time


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This is an example of the web-based guidance that districts will access on the contract application:INCREASE TIME ON TASK menu choice as an example

  • Definition

    • Increased student time on task promotes active student engagement to improve performance. Schools may choose to lengthen the school day and/or year, implement, research-based instructional programs, and/or focus on intensive tutoring tailored to individualized student needs. All programs/activities chosen must also provide teachers with time to plan and participate in high quality, sustained professional development focused on content pedagogy.

  • Links to:

    • Laws, Regulations, e.g., http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/idea/expressterms307.htm

    • Research and Guidance, e.g. National Education Commission on Time and Learning

      • www.ecs.org/prisonersoftime


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  • When item here is clicked, the Definition appears, e.g.:

    • Increased student time on task promotes active student engagement to improve performance. Schools may choose to lengthen the school day and/or year, implement, research-based instructional programs, and/or focus on intensive tutoring tailored to individualized student needs. All programs/activities chosen must also provide teachers with time to plan and participate in high quality, sustained professional development focused on content pedagogy.

    • +

  • Hyperlinks to research, laws, regulations and guidance

Dedicated InstructionalTime

etc.

  • When item here is clicked, Parameters which must be met under that choice appear, e.g.:

  • Provide a 90 to 120-minute dedicated block for explicit instruction in reading, mathematics, or science

    • Provide a research-based core instructional program

    • Include frequent monitoring of student progress to inform instruction

    • Use formative assessments to diagnose needs

    • Provide individualized intensive intervention


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Experimental Programs

  • Up to fifteen percent of the additional foundation aid funds may be used for experimental programs.

  • Requires Commissioner’s preapproval.

  • Must submit a research-based plan to the Commissioner for approval, including an evaluation plan.


Additional items

Additional Items

  • Public involvement with the contract process

  • Complaint process

  • Certification by the auditor

  • School level expenditure reporting

  • Web-based application

    • Streamlined

    • Includes baseline, proposed and actual data on performance and expenditures

    • Links to laws, regulations and research


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Foundation Aid, less 103% of Base = $ for Contract Programs

9. Actual Expenditures entered prior to Audit

8. Running total of Estimated Expenditures for ALL Categories completed so far

3. Which generates approved Menu Choices to select from…

1. Each School Superintendent completes contract info for each school with a program. CSD Superintendent will complete for each of their schools in NYC

Pre-populated with existing data

making it easier for districts to complete

Foundation Aid calculation, showing how eligibility was determined

2. One Option at a time completed…

10. To be completed at time of audit

5. Menu Choice determines metric and data source

6. District sets its own goals

Day

7. District indicates

estimated expenditures

for each Category

4. Which displays parameters for selected choice - which program must meet to be approved


Challenges

Challenges

  • How do we ensure funds are used predominately for students with the greatest educational need?

  • Expenditure reporting. How do we develop a school based expenditure reporting system?

  • Evaluation.How will we answer the questions at year end:

    • Where did districts spend the money?

    • And what did we get for it?

    • Did the funds go predominantly to students with the greatest educational need?

    • How will we measure achievement?

  • Year 2: Recommend changing criteria for eligible school districts and the period for implementing the contracts?


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