BESE December 2015 Meeting
Friday, December 18, 2015
Posted by: Lauren Nero
Educator Effectiveness Committee
The Committee received a report regarding the Teacher Exit Interview System. Highlights of the report include: In 2014-2015, 5,487 individuals were included in the teacher exit survey, compared to 6,485 in 2013-2014 and 6,083 in 2012- 2013. This represents a 15 percent decrease in the number of departing teachers from 2013-2014. Of the 5,487 teachers included in districts’ reports for the 2014-2015 school year, the majority stated they were retiring, transferring to another Louisiana district, or leaving because of personal reasons. Only 86 teachers (less than two percent) indicated they were leaving because of dissatisfaction with the school or district. The committee also received a report regarding the certification of teacher shortages in critical shortage areas submitted by Local Education Agencies. There are 159 Certified Position Shortages and 16 non-Certified Position Shortages. The report can be found here.
School Innovation and Turnaround Committee
The following Type 5 Charter Schools were granted an Extension of their Charter Contracts: G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy, G.W. Carver Preparatory Academy, The NET Charter High School (Alternative School), and Crescent Leadership Academy (Alternative School). Joseph S. Clark High School and ReNew Accelerated High School (Alternative) both received initial renewal of their Type 5 Charter Contract for a term of three years. New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy also received in Initial Renewal for 10 years. All of these schools are located in Orleans Parish.
The following Type 2 Charter Schools were approved: Apex Southeast, Inc. in East Baton Rouge, Laurel Oaks Foundation in East Baton Rouge, Smothers Academy, Incorporated in Jefferson Parish, and Athlos Academies of Jefferson Parish. Noble Minds in the RSD was conditionally approved, pending State Superintendent Confirmation. Kingdom Builders Community Development Organization in Lafayette Parish was denied. Red River Charter Academy in Avoyelles Parish and Greater Grace Charter Academy, Inc. in St. James were deferred.
Administration and Finance Committee
101 contracts for $474,013.19 were approved. An Executive Office Contract for $500,000 with Teach for America was approved. According to this contract, the contractor will train and place approximately 380 Teach for America corps members in Louisiana public schools for the FY15-16 school year.
Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee
A total of 371 schools are receiving nonpublic school academic classifications for the 2016-2017 school year, of these 366 schools are continuing approval. In addition, five new nonpublic schools are receiving approval: Bethany Christian School-South Campus, Children’s College, Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Academy, Nursing Assistant Network High School Academy, Storybook Academy.
Revisions to Proposed revisions to Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System were approved. Those revisions include:
• For 2015-2016 and beyond, ensures that combination schools earn the same rewards as traditional high schools for students participating in high school exams (EOCs) while still in middle school;
• For 2015-2016 and beyond, support Jump Start pathways in high school by awarding points for student performance on ACT and WorkKeys – whichever is higher – within the ACT index of high school performance scores;
• For 2015-2016 only, ensures a steady formula for elementary and middle schools while the state conducts a statewide field test in social studies for grades 3 through 8; and
• For 2014-2015 only, as directed by BESE, addresses participation concerns for grades 3 through 8 English language Arts and Mathematics exams for Spring 2015 testing.
Revisions to Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, regarding postsecondary planning for graduating high school seniors were approved. The revisions to Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, seek to increase student access to state and federal financial aid by requiring that students graduating spring 2018 and beyond have taken one of the following steps as part of their Individual Graduation Plan:
• Complete the FAFSA;
• Complete the LOSFA application for state financial aid;
• Submit a parent’s signature on a non-participation form; or
• Receive a waiver through district hardship waiver process.
The LDE and LOFSA will provide extensive supports to LEAs as they assist students with this process.
During the BESE Board Meeting on December 3, 2015, the Board endorsed all decisions made during the above Committee Meetings.