Things you need to know:

  • 3 More Bills Approved on 3rd and Final Read
  • Don’t Miss Our A-F Webinar Tomorrow

HB 2219 school capital finance revisions (Norgaard) passed Senate Third Read on a 27-0 vote and is ready for House action. This bill allows school districts approved for new school facilities under SFB, to use available monies to pay for new construction and be reimbursed by the state when funding is available. ASBA supports.

HB 2229 JTEDs; courses; programs: approval (Shooter) passed Senate Third Read on a 24-4 vote and is ready for House action. This bill makes various changes to JTED courses and programs including the ability for JTED programs to meet qualifications if an assessment leads to career readiness specifically entry level employment and allows credits earned from CTE courses to be awarded towards a student’s minimum course of study. ASBA is neutral.

SB 1042 1042 teacher certification; reciprocity (Allen) passed House Final Read on a 33-22 vote and is ready for the Governor. This bill requires SBE to adopt alternative teacher preparation programs that are substantially different from traditional preparation programs, allows reciprocal certificates to be issued as standard certificates and increases the standard certificate to 12 years. Additionally, it allows school district and charter schools to apply for the authority to approve teacher certifications as a classroom-based alternative based prep program. ASBA is neutral.

Don’t Miss Our A-F Webinar Tomorrow
Thursday 4/27 at 11 a.m.
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During the 2016 Legislative session, the Legislature passed a bill that did away with the statutory formula for A-F letter grades and gave the responsibility for developing a new formula to the Arizona State Board of Education (SBE). This bill coincided with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act by Congress, giving greater flexibility to states on school accountability.

Learn more about the changes made to the A-F formula that reflect a broader measure of school quality, including non-test measures and a greater emphasis on academic growth, and when those letter grades might be available.