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State Board of Ed. Nov. 12 Mtg. Summary

Superintendent Search, Student Testing Results, OLEP Evaluations Top State Board Agenda

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At the Thursday, November 12, 2015,  State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, SBE President Elaine Wynn announced that the SBE will recommend three candidates for the State Superintendent of Schools to Governor Sandoval during its January, 2016 meeting.

Steve Canavero, Ph.D., has been serving as interim Superintendent since September 4th. Prior to his appointment as interim Superintendent, Dr. Canavero served as the Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement for the Department.

During his Interim Superintendent Report, Dr. Canavero announced that results from the Spring 2015 Smarter Balanced assessment administration will be released November 18th. Due to testing vendor break downs, the results will be on a report only basis and will not be used for accountability in the Star rating system, NEPF evaluations or promotion of pupils. Thirty percent of pupils completed the exams with most being outside of CCSD as a result of testing software challenges. Peter Zutz, Administrator for the Office of Assessments, Data, and Accountability Management reported that the testing system is on track for administration of the 2016 exams with new vendors.

Dr. Canavero also announced two initiatives that are underway to elevate high school graduation standards. First, a career readiness initiative with the objective of preparing pupils for high wage, high demand jobs after high school or post-college, community college or trade school. Second, a working group is reviewing the Nevada School Performance Framework on how campuses are rated. Dr. Canavero stated that student performance expectations are broadening now that Science will be included in future accountability system measurements. The objective is to capture a whole campus view of what defines an excellent school and college and career readiness for pupils.

Additional Meeting Highlights:

Other Licensed Education Personnel (OLEP) Evaluations- the SBE approved developing an evaluation system for librarians. The system for librarians will modify the NEPF Instructional Standards to include a collaborative/consultant role, and will base the Professional Responsibilities Standards on national Librarian standards.

SBE members decided to seek additional input from the Teachers and Leaders Council prior to making determinations on evaluations for counselors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, speech language pathologists, and audiologists. These OLEP’s are recommending a statewide evaluation system based on national standards for each licensed group that include student outcome measures. Project facilitators, instructional coaches, PD consultants, and others may be evaluated using district developed systems depending on future SBE actions.

Safe and Respectful Schools Environment- New Director Edward Ableser presented an update on the state’s anti-bullying program. He announced that a statewide conference for all school districts and community representatives is being planned in Reno with a date and other details to be announced. Mr. Ableser outlined how the new state office of Safe and Respectful Learning Environment will intervene on different types of bullying reports:

- Pupil to Pupil bullying, elevate to campus and district level. If response is inadequate to address fear or threat, the state office will intervene.
- Adult to Child bullying, complaint goes straight to state office for review in collaboration with the school district.
- Adult to Adult- will investigate in collaboration with district.
- Appeals- if findings are contrary to district findings, state office will initiate a corrective action plan. State office can’t compel the district but collaboration should drive solutions. Parents can sue if unsatisfied.

Career and Technical Education- standards and regulation language alignment was approved.

Licensed Teachers and Equitable Distribution of Teachers- the SBE reviewed new laws relating to teacher compensation and incentives, and options the SBE may take to increase the teacher workforce:

- AB 483 - Incentive Compensation - SBE review of school district implementation.
- SB 133- PAR bill requires an effectiveness report that SBE could review for program quality.
- SB 405/SB 432- Zoom and Victory Schools- SBE approved incentives list, need to follow up on district implementation.
- SB 474- within SBE authority to prioritize that all funds go toward recruitment and retention.
- SB 511/SB 515- SBE may focus which schools candidates can be employed to receive the 25% scholarship reimbursement.
- $60,000 allocated for licensure study.
- Health care costs- SBE/NDE need to develop recommendations to help offset cost.

SB 511 Scholarships- approved 134 scholarships with hiring eligibility in fall 2016 and 3 years employment in one or more campuses with a teacher shortage instead of 5 for scholarship holders to receive the 25% scholarship reimbursement incentive.

Zoom, Victory Schools, Read by Grade 3 Updates

Zoom Schools Next Steps- Further tasks to be completed for SB 405 over the next 2 years are as follows:
• SBE needs to prescribe performance levels and outcome indicators. NDE recommends that the SBE consider proposals at the January 2016 SBE meeting.
• An annual report will be submitted June 15, 2016 to the SBE and the Legislative Committee on Education (LCE).
• A second annual report will be submitted to the SBE and the Director of the LCB on February 17, 2015 for submittal to the 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature.
• NDE will need to contract for an independent evaluation to be conducted to determine program effectiveness and value.

Victory Schools Next Steps- NDE is in the developmental stage of future Victory requirements:
• Monitoring of Victory schools (February - May 2016)
• Establishing an External Evaluator
• Creating a template for the reports due in November of 2016 and 2017
• Creating a Victory collaborative network for the school districts to share information and receive consistent technical assistance from NDE (December 2015)

Read by Grade 3 Next Steps-
• Create Request for Qualifications document (RFQ) for Reading Assessment vendors
• Assist NDE leadership and State Board of Education in establishment of regulations
• Design and present initial technical assistance training for all awarded applicants
• Establish protocols for literacy plans (Dec., 2015) by groups who chose not to apply for grant
• Design formal NDE action plan for monitoring of Phase I implementation
• Create formal timeline/begin writing new RFA for Phase II applications for mid-spring roll-out
• Complete final draft of formal Guidance Document for SB 391




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