Schools appeal A-F letter grades– Continue the conversation at Legislative Workshop, Nov. 17

The State Board of Education voted Monday to extend the A-F Letter Grade process as expected. The board appointed a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which consists of a mix of district, charter, and higher education representatives, to further review the new A-F Letter Grade model for accuracy and equity, and to recommend tweaks to the model if necessary. Until the review is completed, 2016-2017 letter grades remain preliminary. Top of the list of responsibilities for the TAC will be:

  • Verifying the accuracy of data used to calculate initial A-F Letter Grades.
  • How to treat schools that have a mix of grades K-8 and 9-12 in one school.
  • The use of student growth percentiles (SGP) vs. test scale scores when computing growth.
  • Weighting of individual student growth levels within the growth portion of the formula.

The board has indicated that it would like to have this work complete by the end of the year, however it has not set a specific timeline. The final state board meeting of the year is to take place December 4, 2017.

Districts that have detected anomalies in their A-F data and believe it may not be accurate (missing students, duplicate students, incorrect classification, etc.) are encouraged to submit those concerns by clicking here as soon as possible.

Additionally, the board approved some conceptual accountability frameworks for JTEDs, alternative schools, and Arizona Online Instruction (AOI). Those models are also expected to be presented at the December 4th SBE meeting. See those items here, beginning on page 90 of the board agenda packet.

Find out more about this and many other issues facing school districts going into 2018 at ASBA’s annual Legislative Workshop on Friday, November 17th.

Yuma High School District seeks new superintendent

The Governing Board of Yuma Union HS District is announcing a search for a new district superintendent. Qualified applicants are invited to apply for this exceptional opportunity. Deadline to apply is November 17, 2017.

Congratulations to Mr. Shane McCord who was recently named superintendent for the Gilbert Public School District.

Apply for an officer position on the 2018 ASBA Board of Directors

ASBA cordially invites you to apply for an officer position on the 2018 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are elected by members of the association. All members of the board have voting rights.

The ASBA Board of Directors is comprised of five officers, 17 county directors and the chairs of ASBA’s two caucuses. Any Arizona school board member serving as a director or officer on the National School Boards Association Board of Directors is an ex officio member of ASBA Board of Directors, as well.

Officers are elected at large by the full membership at the ASBA Annual Business Meeting, which is held in conjunction with the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference in December. Each officer position is a one-year term.

Nominations for officers opened Friday, Oct. 20 and close Friday, Nov 10, 2017.

A letter and nomination form were mailed to all members on Thursday, Oct. 19, and available online as well.

Bylaw explainer video clarifies current bylaws and proposed changes

The process for communicating with you, our member boards, on proposed changes to the ASBA Bylaws is underway. It is important for you to be up-to-date on the proposals and prepared for your board to vote. Electronic voting will open on November 2, 2017, and close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

Please note ASBA emailed a REVISED model agenda and summary of the proposed changes. Please ensure you use these REVISED documents when considering how you will vote on the proposals.

Your board may find this helpful in considering how you will vote on the proposals. The voting link will be sent to each member district board on November 2. The board’s one designee may be a member of the board, the board secretary or the superintendent. The designee will click on the provided link to submit the results of the board vote, including the date on which the board took action.

PLEASE VIEW OUR NEW VIDEO explaining the ASBA bylaw proposals!

Participate in the Be the Change Video Contest – 50 of your students win a private keynote and GCU tour!

Win the exciting opportunity for 50 students from your school district to meet 2017 ASBA-ASA Annual Conference keynote speaker Ravi Hutheesing for an exclusive educational and motivation presentation designed just for them on the Grand Canyon University campus in Phoenix.

When: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Where: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix

This experience also includes a catered lunch and small group campus tours, led by GCU student leaders. Transportation costs to GCU* will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided at no cost. Participating students must be in grades 6 to 12.

Contest Deadline: Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.
The winning school district will be notified by Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Learn more here.

How are you using the Equity Challenge?

We continue to ask board members across the state what component of the Equity Challenge are they using to better serve all students. Hear what Barbara Mendoza from Nogales USD had to say.

The President’s Equity Challenge campaign was created and launched by the Arizona School Boards Association with the intent to encourage individual school board members and school districts to take a look at students on a deeper level—to find out who they really are and how we can best serve them by identifying equitable gaps to better serve EVERY child in every school districts across Arizona. Learn more about the challenge and download the guiding questions by clicking here. How is your district using the Equity Challenge?

Gear up to attend public education Town Halls with Gubernatorial candidates in November

School board members are invited to hear Democratic Primary candidates for the 2018 Arizona Governor’s race speak about education issues, including public education funding, vouchers and addressing the state’s teacher shortage. Town Halls are scheduled across the state beginning November 1 in Flagstaff, November 8 in Yuma, November 29 in Phoenix and November 30 in Tucson.

This information is being shared with board members and staff of ASBA member districts who may be interested in receiving it and possibly attending the event. It is not an endorsement of a particular party or candidate and should not be construed as an attempt to influence the outcome of an election. Register here.

ASBA Events

ASBA-ASA 60th Annual Conference, Dec. 13-15, 2017

Register now! This year’s Annual Conference will provide thought provoking general session speakers, informative breakout sessions on best school practices, award recognition for excellence in education and the opportunity to interact with over 100 exhibitors that provide products and services for your schools.

Don’t forget about the Annual Pre-Conference which is designed to give districts give district leadership teams the information and resources they need to move from data to action! Participants will imagine what their districts and schools could be while seeking ways to operate from where they are using the lenses of school board leadership and the imperative to use data-driven decision making. Network and learn from colleagues across Arizona and engage with experts in an interactive day of learning.

View the agenda.

Legislative Workshop is back with vengeance! November 17, 2017

Register now! This fast-paced, one- day conference is back with a special focus on “Examining the trade-offs of school choice.” School choice comes at a financial, social and academic costs. Learn the unintended consequences of school choice and how educators can respond. A preview of the coming legislative session, tips for communicating with your local elected officials and other topics that impact K-12 education also will be presented. View the agenda.

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