BOARD ACTION

AGENDA ITEM #31 Board Policy 6172 GATE program "Accelerated Academic Achievement Program" page 463

The Board voted 6-0-1 to table indefinitely the proposed changes to the Board's policy on GATE, and directed staff to develop a plan for providing accelerated programing for all high achieving students in the District.

Board Agenda: http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1218998819331/1455438848279/6863201476437327737.pdf at page 463

Board Audio: at 169:13 (2 hours 49 minutes 13 seconds) http://cusd.capousd.org/cusdweb/audio2016-17/CUSDBoardMeeting.Nov.16.2016.mp3 

In 2013 the State of California implemented the Local Control Funding Law. Under "Local Control" the California Department of Education has eliminated most categorical programs, and is allowing individual school districts to decide how to spend their education dollars. see: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/gt/gt/

District Staff; without Board of Trustee approval; has, since 2012-13 let CUSD's GATE program die. Concerned parents are now appealing to the Board to provide funding and special programming for CUSD's high achieving students. 

STATEMENT FROM SUPERINTENDENT VITAL

 
 
Board Audio at 190.24 (3 hours 10 minutes and 24 seconds)  http://cusd.capousd.org/cusdweb/audio2016-17/CUSDBoardMeeting.Nov.16.2016.mp3
 
"I think that one of the outcomes of tonight is because this was something that was happening at the Staff level without the Board, having a conversation with the Board, and getting your values is really important. And so, I think what I have heard is that the majority of you very much want to see a GATE like program with some level of humm - separation... I don't know another word. Some way of meeting the needs of kids in that way and that we need to build some programming and potentially bring that conversation back along with some evidence and research about what this means or doesn't mean for all kids. Frankly this helps us to be able start this conversation because before what was happening is that in isolation, not now, a year or two ago making some plans without the Board. So I do think this is important and we are happy as a staff to be able to given that value to build something and bring that back.  Does that make sense?" 
 
WARNING TO PARENTS INTERESTED IN ACCELERATED PROGRAMING FOR HIGH ACHIEVING STUDENTS: 
 
This confirms the fact that CUSD Staff, Without Board Approval, has made the unilateral decision to eliminate funding for accelerated programming for CUSD's high achieving students. Staff has effectively been flattening CUSD curriculum since 2012-13.  There is currently little opportunity for high achieving students to receive accelerated curriculum within CUSD. This vote has not changed that fact, and that will not change until Staff brings back a plan for funding a more rigorous course of study for high achieving students.
 
This item was tabled.
 
Parents will have to fight to have this brought back to the Board if they want funding for accelerated programing for GATE identified students and high achieving students who are not GATE identified for 2017-18 academic year.  

 

Board Audio http://cusd.capousd.org/cusdweb/audio2016-17/CUSDBoardMeeting.Nov.16.2016.mp3  

STAFF PRESENTATION OF THE ITEM

at 169:13 Presentation By Dr. Susan Holiday - FIRST READING - Revisions to Board Policy 6172 Accelerated Academic Achievement Program. 
 
at 171:59 The revised policy will add programing for all (not just GATE identified) high achieving students in elementary and middle school.
 
at 173:00 Teacher recommendation for entrance into GATE could be added to the policy
 
at 173:35 The goal is to "eventually" allow all qualified students to participate in accelerated programming
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS
 
at 173:52 Cindy Vallone
 
The proposed GATE Policy waters down the middle school curriculum and no longer provides high achieving students with access to accelerated programming. This policy if approved will effectively eliminate GATE. District Staff never invited middle school GATE teachers to collectively participate in the forming this policy. Changes to GATE identification policies has resulted in fewer students having access to accelerated programing.
 
at 177:18 Steffanie Reyes Tuccio
 
Parents need to understand how Gifted students will be identified. Currently CUSD has an elementary school GATE program and at the High School Level there are AP classes with limited honors classes. At the middle school level programing varies. Principals decide how many sections of accelerated programming to offer, which means there is not room for all high achieving students to gain access to accelerated classes.
Many high achieving students are being denied access to accelerated programs at middle school which means they are not prepared for honors and AP classes at the high school level. The Board needs to act quickly to ensure that students who have a GPA of 3.5 in ELA and Social Sciences and a 3 and up in SBAC be offered accelerated curriculum. 
 
 
 
 
TRUSTEE COMMENTS
 
at 180:32 Trustee Jones
 
Trustee Jones made a Motion to indefinitely table this policy and direct Staff to develop a defined program for high achieving students and explained why.
 
at 183:14 Trustee Reardon seconds Trustee Jones Motion and then expresses his concerns about this Board Policy Change.
 
Parents are concerned about the flattening of our curriculum in middle school which translates to less students being prepared for Honors and AP classes in High School resulting in lowering academic performance across the entire district. 
 
Key Phrase "Regular Classroom Setting" (with 36 kids in a class) how do you offer an enriched program in a regular classroom setting.
 
What are the "Opportunities for Enrichment"? We have very few enrichment opportunities because we have no money to pay for them. 
 
"Accelerated Courses accessible to all students in a regular classroom setting" is meaningless.
 
This is already happening in our schools and Parents are worried. 
 
at 186:55 Trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson 
 
Trustee Hatton-Hodson said both of her kids were gate kids. Her experience was that GATE was light in elementary school, and non-existent in middle-school.
 
Trustee Hatton-Hodson mentioned Professor John Hattie who wrote a book entitled "Visible Learning" - "data shows that "ability grouping" does not substantially improve learning for students. 
 
NOTE: Trsutee Hatton- Hodson is under investigation for Conflict of Interest 
 
The Author John Hattie, that Trustee Hatton-Hodson is referring to published "Visible Learning". The data she is referring to, and the results of the studies in 2009, 2011 and 2015 can be found at the following link..
 
Trustee Hatton-Hodson owns InnovateEd a company that provides Professional Development for Educators.
 
 
 
 
 
 
InnovateEd is partners in LCAPca (partners ACSA, InnovateEd and Progress Advisors)
 
 
InnovateEd is partners in Systems Leadership Collaborative (partners ACSA, Fullan aka Motion Leadership, InnovateEd, The Flippin Group, and Fagen, Friedman and Fullfrost)
 
 
John Hattie is a professor at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. He is also chair of the board for the Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership.
 
"Michael Fullan of Motion Leadership was dean of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Education where he served as Special Policy Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario from 2004-2013.
 
In March 2013, Fullan met with California governor Jerry Brown to discuss the possibility of pursuing educational reforms in California similar to those in Ontario. 
 
California - with the adoption of "Local Control" and "Common Core" chose to follow Canada rather than Finland or Singapore for improving education in California. The Canadian model focused on Professional Development for Teachers, and building a system of "Collaboration" between District Staff - Superintendent- Principals - Teachers - Employee Bargaining Units and Board members. 
 
The latest data 2016 shows that "Class Size" and "Ability Groupings" do matter. 
 
Ed Tech Times: How Does Class Size Affect Learning Around the World?  
From February 2016
 
2016 Data on Average Class Sizes
 
 
* Canada and Australia where John Hattie and Michael Fullan are the Education Experts in those regions are in the process of lowering class sizes. On November 10, 2016 The British Columbia Supreme Court ruled that the BC Government is required to hire more teachers and reduce class sizes. 
 
AVERAGE CLASS SIZES IN THE CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT  
 
 
 
Trustee Hatton-Hodson's business interests may be influencing curriculum decisions, professional development spending, and EdTechnology Spending in the Capistrano Unified School District that does not align with parental in-put, and is not in the best interest of the education of students. Parents want lower class sizes and an accelerated curriculum for high achieving students. 
 
For more information see: http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2016/11/how-state-of-california-is-funneling.html
 
 
SUPERINTENDENT COMMENT 
 
at 190.24  "I think that one of the outcomes of tonight is because this was something that was happening at the Staff level without the Board, having a conversation with the Board, and getting your values is really important. And so, I think what I have heard is that the majority of you very much want to see a GATE like program with some level of humm - separation... I don't know another word. Some way of meeting the needs of kids in that way and that we need to build some programming and potentially bring that conversation back along with some evidence and research about what this means or doesn't mean for all kids. Frankly this helps us to be able start this conversation because before what was happening is that in isolation, not now, a year or two ago making some plans without the Board. So I do think this is important and we are happy as a staff to be able to given that value to build something and bring that back.  Does that make sense?"
 
TRUSTEE COMMENTS
 
at 191:39 Trustee Amy Hanacek
 
I think it is really important to note that GATE students have all kinds of requirements- we will want to look at data - Amy had a gate identified and non- gate identified child and stated that the non-gate identified student graduated much higher ... off the charts - so we need to explore options for all kids. 
 
BOARD ACTION
 
at 192:40 VOTE On Motion to table changes to Board Policy 6172 GATE program "Accelerated Academic Achievement Program".
 
Motion Passes 6:0:1
 

THE PROPOSED NEW POLICY: