Is the A-F letter grade system finalized?

On April 15, the State Board of Education met in a special meeting to finalize the 2018-2019 A-F letter grade system for high school, and to receive information regarding the future of the statewide assessment system in Arizona following receipt of a letter from USDOE disapproving Arizona’s current plan for the high school menu of assessments.

Because of the difficulties associated with aligning multiple assessments to measure growth in high school, the board approved a substitute growth measure, which will measure improvement in subgroups on proficiency, graduation rate, and dropout rate, rather than the standard growth measure based on student growth percentiles. In addition, the board approved a crosswalk for what will be considered a proficient score on each menu assessment. All other components remain the same. A brief table outlining the approved system is here.

The board also received an overview of the proposed three-year assessment plan to bring the state into compliance with ESSA. Assessment is not affected for the current school year. At its April 29 regular meeting, the board will consider adopting the three-year plan that will guide the state’s work over the next three years in fully implementing the menu system. The state board recently released a survey and invites board members to participate. You can access the survey here. It will be open until April 26.

You can access the State Board of Education’s summary of board action with further information here.

ASBA app giveaway – win FREE SLI registration

Download the ASBA app and click on ASBA Notifications by May 20, 2019. ASBA will send a push notification for you to click on and be entered to win a FREE SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE registration on June 6-8 at Little America. If you are the winner and your district has already paid the registration fee, it will be refunded. For those already receiving ASBA notifications, you will receive the push notification automatically. The winner must be an ASBA member.

Summer is a perfect time to schedule a board retreat

Summer is the perfect time for your senior leadership team to schedule a board retreat. Research shows that board-superintendent teams that participate together in professional development are more effective. The training and facilitation team at ASBA is ready to help you plan a productive and educational board retreat.

We have developed workshops that can be combined into a full or half-day trainings. And we’re unique because we both are sitting board members and have extensive experience working with boards from all demographics, from urban to rural to remote. If you don’t see a perfect training session for you, give us a call! We can customize a training just for your district. Download our flyer.

Training slots fill up fast so contact us soon to secure the perfect time for your board retreat! Download our training session flyer or fill out a board training request form here.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Nikkie Whaley
Board Support Specialist
nwhaley@azsba.org
602-254-1100

Julie Bacon
Leadership Development Specialist
jbacon@azsba.org
602-254-1100

Census 2020 determines federal funding crucial to families attending our public schools

The U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States is counted every 10 years. The next census will take place from March through July of 2020. Census data are important to our democracy – these data determine apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and how district lines are drawn at all levels of government.
Census data also guide the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funding to programs that are crucial to the well-being of families attending our public schools.

  • Top 10 Census Guided Federal Programs
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP)
  • Medicare
  • Highway Planning and Construction
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Title 1 Grants to Local Education Agencies
  • National School Lunch Program
  • Special Education Grants
  • State Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP)
  • Head Start / Early Head Start

AZEDNews will be covering a series of articles on the 2020 Census throughout the year. Read the latest article here and follow along on Facebook or receive the weekly e-news.

ASBA certified and administrator salaries and benefits survey release this week

Approximately 50 percent of member districts participated in the certified and administrator salaries and benefits survey. Results will be released this week and will only be shared with members and not the public. Each year, ASBA surveys school districts throughout Arizona on certified and administrator salaries and benefits and compiles the data to provide a valuable resource for comparative analysis and decision-making on issues related to salaries, benefits and budgeting. All districts who complete the survey will receive a report of the compiled data, plus a sortable Excel spreadsheet. Please refer to your superintendent for a copy of the data.

New York Times bestselling author Hear Rosalind Wiseman speaks on social-emotional strategies for helping young people handle conflict – April 30, 6-7 p.m. FREE ADMISSION!

ONE DAY AWAY – Learn about issues LGBTQ students face

How are Arizona’s LGBTQ students faring? What are the issues specific to the LGBTQ culture and community that school board members should know about? Let’s take a look at the data and the opportunities we have as leaders in our school districts. Register now.

2019 Annual Conference call for proposals open May 15, 2019

Does your district or school have a success story or program you want to share? Request for proposals will open May 15 and close August 2. More information to follow.

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