Amended in Senate August 19, 2016

Amended in Senate August 2, 2016

Amended in Assembly May 27, 2016

Amended in Assembly April 11, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2548


Introduced by Assembly Member Weber

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(Coauthor: Assembly Member McCarty)

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February 19, 2016


An act to add Article 3 (commencing with Section 52053) to Chapter 6.1 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to school accountability.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 2548, as amended, Weber. School accountability: statewide accountability system.

(1) Existing law required, on or before July 1, 2014, the governing boards of school districts and county boards of education to adopt a local control and accountability plan using a state template adopted by the State Board of Education. Existing law requires the local control and accountability plan to include, among other things, a description of annual goals for all pupils and specified subgroups of pupils to be achieved for each state priority, as specified, and a description of the specific actions the school district or county superintendent of schools will take to achieve those goals. Existing law requires the charter petition for a charter school to include those same elements. Existing law provides that an adopted local control and accountability plan is effective for 3 years and shall be updated annually on or before July 1. Existing law requires the state board, on or before October 1, 2016, to adopt evaluation rubrics to, among other things, assist a school district, county office of education, or charter school in evaluating its strengths, weaknesses, and areas that require improvement. Existing law establishes the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence for purposes of advising and assisting school districts, county superintendents of schools, and charter schools in achieving the goals set forth in a local control and accountability plan.

This bill would, for purposes of a statewide accountability system and to ensure alignment and fidelity with the state priorities and federal law, require the state board to adopt a statewide accountabilitybegin delete system. The bill would require the system to (1) satisfy the accountability requirements of specified federal law, (2) align California’s local control framework, which is focused on identifying and supporting local educational agencies with the additional need to identify, support, and improve California’s highest need schools, as specified, (3) rely upon data from key indicators established by the evaluation rubrics adopted by the state board and as otherwise specified, (4) provide the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, county superintendents of schools, and the public with data to be used in a multitiered system of review and assistance, and (5) ensure the creation of a data and reporting system that provides meaningful and accessible information on school and school district performance that is displayed through an electronic platform.end deletebegin insert system that, among other things, is a single integrated system that aligns local, state, and federal accountability requirements.end insert In identifying appropriate assistance for a school or local educational agency, the bill would require the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and county superintendents of schools to analyze data aligned with all the state priorities in order to align the level of support, collaboration, and intervention to the needs of the local educational agency or individual school or schools. By imposing additional duties on county superintendents of schools, and to the extent this bill would impose additional duties on local educational agency officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Article 3 (commencing with Section 52053) is
2added to Chapter 6.1 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the 3Education Code, to read:

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5Article 3.  Statewide Accountability System
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52053.  

(a) (1) It is the intent of the Legislature and purpose
8of this article to do all of the following:

9(A) Establish a coherent, aligned local-state-federal
10accountability system that addresses state, local, parent,
11community, and public needs, as well as federal requirements.

12(B) Ensure ambitious, statewide standards for performance and
13expectations for improvement that encourage continuous
14improvement and the closure of opportunity and achievement gaps.

15(C) Establish a mechanism using multiple measures that
16meaningfully differentiates the performance of schools and
17identifies schools and local educational agencies in need of
18technical assistance, support, and intervention.

19(2) It is further the intent of the Legislature that the
20accountability system continues to support and advance the
21framework established by the local control funding formula and
22California’s emphasis on continuous improvement, technical
23assistance, and support.

24(b) For purposes of a statewide accountability system and to
25ensure alignment and fidelity with the state priorities established
26pursuant to Sections 52060 and 52066 and with federal law, the
27state board shall adopt a statewide accountability system thatbegin delete doesend delete
28begin insert meetsend insert all of thebegin delete following:end deletebegin insert following requirements:end insert

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(1) Is a single, integrated system that aligns local, state, and
30federal accountability requirements.

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29 31(1)

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32begin insert(2)end insert Satisfies the accountability system requirements of the
33federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20
P4    1U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.), as amended by the Every Student
2Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95).

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33 3(2)

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4begin insert(3)end insert Aligns California’s local control framework, which is
5focused on identifying and supporting local educational agencies
6with the additional need to identify, support, and improve
7California’s highest need schools. In doing so, the state board shall
8do all of the following:

9(A) Set clear, ambitious, statewide standards for performance
10and expectations for improvement toward each of the key indicators
11described in paragraphbegin delete (3)end deletebegin insert (4)end insert for pupils overall and for each
12numerically significant subgroup, as identified in Section 52052.
13To comply with federal law, these improvement standards shall
14be differentiated by subgroup so that subgroups that start off at
15lower performance levels make greater growth to achieve the
16statewide standards.

17(B) Establish a mechanism to meaningfully differentiate the
18performance of all public schools, to identify local educational
19agencies for purposes of Sections 52071, 52071.5, 52072, and
2052072.5 on an annual basis based on outcomes for all pupils and
21for each subgroup of pupils using the multiple measures identified
22in paragraphbegin delete (3),end deletebegin insert (4),end insert and to do all of the following:

23(i) Distinguish multiple levels of performance for purposes of
24continuous improvement, transparency, meaningful stakeholder
25engagement, recognition, and support, including the identification
26of the following:

27(I) Not less than the lowest-performing 5 percent of all schools
28receiving federal Title I funds and all public high schools in the
29state failing to graduate one-third or more of their pupils.

30(II) All schools in which any subgroup of pupils is consistently
31underperforming, as determined by the state board, based on all
32of the indicators identified in paragraphbegin delete (3)end deletebegin insert (4)end insert and the system
33established pursuant this section.

34(III) All schools where any one subgroup of pupils, on its own,
35would lead that school to be in the lowest 5 percent of schools for
36pupils overall.

37(ii) Support parents and guardians in making informed school
38decisions on behalf of their children.

39(iii) Enable school districts, county offices of education, the
40department, and the California Collaborative for Educational
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2assistance and ensure that support and assistance is provided to at
3least those schools identified pursuant to clause (i).

4(C) Comply with all notification, stakeholder engagement,
5school support, and improvement activities required by Section
61111(d) of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law
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begin delete 114-95).end deletebegin insert 114-95), and, to the extent required by state and federal
8law, ensure notifications of stakeholder engagement, school
9support, and improvement activities are translated in the top five
10languages as identified by the department.end insert

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12begin insert(4)end insert (A) Relies upon data from key indicators established
13pursuant to the evaluation rubrics adopted by the state board
14pursuant to Section 52064.5. At a minimum, for purposes of
15paragraphbegin delete (2),end deletebegin insert (3),end insert those key indicators shall include, if not already
16included by the state board pursuant to Section 52064.5, all of the
17following:

18(i) For elementary and middle schools:

19(I) A measure of pupil achievement in at least English language
20arts, mathematics, and science.

21(II) A measure of academic growth.

22(III) A measure of progress toward Englishbegin delete proficiency.end delete
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begin insert proficiency, including, but not limited to, data on the
24reclassification rates of English learners and long-term English
25learners when available.end insert

26(IV) A measure of chronic absenteeism.

27(V) A measure of school climate.

28(ii) For high schools:

29(I) A measure of pupil achievement in at least English language
30arts, mathematics, and science.

31(II) A measure of graduation rates.

32(III) A measure of progress toward Englishbegin delete proficiency.end delete
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begin insert proficiency, including, but not limited to, data on the
34reclassification rates of English learners and long-term English
35learners when available.end insert

36(IV) A measure of college and career readiness.

37(V) A measure of chronic absenteeism.

38(VI) A measure of school climate.

39(B) This paragraph shall not be construed as to preclude the
40state board from including additional statewide measures that can
P6    1be disaggregated by subgroup in the accountability system for
2purposes of meaningful differentiation of all schools or from
3grouping the measures into common clusters. Furthermore, it is
4the intent of the Legislature that the state will continue to use the
5evaluation rubrics established pursuant to Section 52064.5 and all
6indicators identified as state priorities established pursuant to
7Sections 52060 and 52066 and the subgroups identified pursuant
8to Section 52052 for purposes of continuous improvement and to
9guide the provision of technical assistance, support, and
10intervention.

11(C) In order to comply with federal law, the academic indicators
12specified in subclauses (I) to (III), inclusive, of clauses (i) and (ii)
13of subparagraph (A) shall receive substantial weight and, in
14aggregate, much greater weight than is afforded to all other
15indicators.

16(D) For purposes of paragraphbegin delete (2),end deletebegin insert (3),end insert performance of
17subgroups shall receive substantial weight.

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19begin insert(5)end insert Provides the California Collaborative for Educational
20Excellence established pursuant to Section 52074, county
21superintendents of schools, and the public with data to be used in
22a multitiered system of review and assistance. Notwithstanding
23the key indicators used for purposes of paragraphbegin delete (2),end deletebegin insert (3),end insert in
24identifying appropriate assistance for a school or local educational
25agency, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
26and the county superintendents of schools shall analyze data
27aligned with all the state priorities established pursuant to Sections
2852060 and 52066 in order to align the level of support,
29collaboration, and intervention to the needs of the local educational
30agency or individual school or schools.

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32begin insert(6)end insert Ensures the creation of a data and reporting system that
33provides meaningful and accessible information on school and
34school district performance that is displayed through an electronic
35platform. Parents and the public shall have the ability to easily
36access, compare, analyze, and summarize school reports, pupil
37performance results, and the progress made by schools and school
38districts in reaching all of the state’s priority areas for purposes of
39local control and accountability plans and the local control funding
40formula. It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that any
P7    1Web-based data and analysis tools should enable all stakeholders
2to readily identify strengths and weaknesses, identify inequities
3between schools and subgroups of pupils across multiple measures,
4monitor academic achievement and improvement, provide for
5meaningful differentiation, as required by Section 1111(c)(4)(C)
6of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95),
7and enable users to download data and reports in machine-readable
8formats.begin insert It is further the intent of the Legislature to ensure that,
9to the extent required by state and federal law, the information on
10school, school district, and subgroup performance be made
11available in the top five languages as identified by the department.end insert

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SEC. 2.  

If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
13this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
14local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
15pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
164 of Title 2 of the Government Code.



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