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Weekly In Session Update 1/31/2020

January 31, 2020

Day 19

Legislative Recap: Week 3

The House Education Committee met for the first time this week, hearing 9 bills and debating into the evening. ASBA opposed HB 2013 (schools; student promotions) and HB 2015 (schools; supplemental materials; approval), both passed out of committee by a vote of 6-5. HCR 2001 (English language education; requirements) passed 10-1. ASBA supports this measure that repeals English-only requirements for ELL instruction. An identical bill didn’t quite make it over the finish line last year, so we’re hopeful about HCR 2001! Check out Capitol Impact for our summaries and positions on all current legislation, and click the links to the right for a preview of next week.

SBE Update

On Monday, the State Board of Education held a regular meeting in Yuma. The Board approved several changes to the A-F Accountability models for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. For the Alternative School model, the Board approved lowering the total points needed to receive a letter grade to 50 points and added community college and trade school enrollment as a factor in the CCRI component of the model.

For traditional K-8 schools, the Board modified the Acceleration Readiness Indicator and for traditional 9-12 schools, the Board approved the use of Student Growth Percentiles to calculate the growth indicator.

The Board released the accountability model for Arizona Online Instruction. To view the model and complete a survey on it, please click here.

Finally, and most excitingly, the Board approved new models for Structured English Immersion. To see the details of those 4 approved models and more details on the Accountability models above, please see the Summary of Board Action.

Register for Advocacy Day!

Advocacy Day 2020 will have a special focus on issues faced by remote and rural school districts, and an intimate conversation with Senate President Karen Fann.

Registration is FREE and open to board members, superintendents, and others who want to sharpen their advocacy skills.

Next Week

House Education

Senate Education

House Appropriations