BILL ANALYSIS Ó Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair AB 250 (Brownley) Hearing Date: 08/25/2011 Amended: 08/15/2011 Consultant: Jacqueline Wong-HernandezPolicy Vote: Education 8-0 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: AB 250 establishes a process for the full implementation of the common core academic content standards (Common Core) through the development of curricular frameworks, instructional materials, and professional development aligned with the common core standards. This bill extends the operative date of the existing standardized assessments by one year (until July 1, 2014), as specified. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Fund Common Core implementation $133 $133 Federal* Professional development $400 $300-500 $300-500 Federal* STAR program extension $53,000 / $12,400 Gen**/Fed * Title 1 carryover funds **Counts toward meeting the Proposition 98 minimum funding guarantee. _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: SUSPENSE FILE. AS PROPOSED TO BE AMENDED. The State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Common Core in English language arts and mathematics in August 2010. The current curricular frameworks and instructional materials are not fully aligned with the Common Core, and the process to update curricular frameworks and adopt instructional materials AB 250 (Brownley) Page 1 has been suspended since July 2009 and is suspended until the 2015-16 school year. This bill seeks to fully implement Common Core, and proposes the following changes: Frameworks and evaluation criteria: This bill requires the SBE to adopt curriculum frameworks and evaluation criteria in math and ELA aligned to the common core standards by May 2013 and May 2014, respectively. It requires that English language development (ELD) standards be incorporated in English language arts (ELA) frameworks, and that frameworks include ELD strategies to address the needs of English learners and strategies to meet the needs of pupils with disabilities in all core content areas, as specified. Instructional Quality Advisory Committee : This bill renames the Curriculum Commission as the Instructional Quality Advisory Committee. As previously noted, this bill removes the committee from having a role in the process to review and recommend instructional materials for adoption by the SBE. It otherwise keeps the renamed body's duties intact with responsibility for reviewing and revising frameworks and evaluation criteria. The CDE has indicated that existing staff would take on the administrative work needed to implement changes to the frameworks and evaluation criteria, the instructional materials, and the Instructional Quality Advisory Committee. The CDE would require additional resources for travel and related reimbursements (for committee members, consultants, and staff), as well as mailing and duplication costs. The Department estimates that it would require $267,000 over two years to cover these costs. Professional Development (PD) : This bill requires the SPI, in collaboration with the SBE, teachers, district and county office of education curriculum administrators and PD trainers, representatives of higher education and other educational entities to develop PD modules for teachers, principals and school leaders that incorporate, make use of, and build upon existing PD programs and opportunities currently available at the local, state, and national levels to support implementation of the Common Core. It further requires the model PD modules to be aligned with California Standards for the Teaching Profession AB 250 (Brownley) Page 2 and be developed in consideration of the National Staff Development Council Standards for PD, and to be designed for delivery through various methods including, but not limited to, school-based and web-based delivery. This bill also requires the SPI to report to the SBE on the development of the model PD modules. The CDE estimates that it would cost $100,000 to create each PD module, make it accessible on the Department website, and provide training to local trainers; the estimate assumes the modules will be created by existing staff. The CDE plans to develop 4 modules in the first year ($400,000) and 6-10 modules over the following two years ($600,000 - $1,000,000). Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program : The STAR program requires pupils to be tested in ELA, math, science and history-social science at specific grade levels, using specific tests. The STAR program is currently scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2013; this bill extends the operative date of STAR program by one year (until July 1, 2014). Additionally, this bill requires the SPI, by November 1, 2012, to develop recommendations for a future reauthorization of the state assessment system. The actual cost of extending the STAR Program would depend upon the contract negotiated by the CDE and SBE, based on several factors including the final test components and the amount apportioned to local education agencies. The CDE estimates the total cost to be approximately $65,400,000, which includes $12,400,000 in federal funds. AS PROPOSED TO BE AMENDED: Proposed amendments would specify that certain provisions of the bill be funded with federal Title 1 carryover funds.