State & Federal Program Update June 2015

June 2015 State and Federal

It’s time for another State and Federal Program Directors’ Meeting update!

Accountability Update June 2015

Federal Program Monitoring Update June 2015

June 2015 AGENDA

June 2015 notes

Legislative Update June 2015

State & Federal Program Update May 2015

May 2015State and Federal

It’s time for another State and Federal Program Directors’ Meeting update!



Homeless Education

State May2015 Minutes






SBAC Interim/Formative Assessment Video Update

Mary Tribbey, Senior Assessment Fellow (CDE), provides an update on interim and formative assessments.




Mary Tribbey, Senior Assessment Fellow

Mary Tribbey Part II

STATE & FEDERAL PROGRAMS DIRECTORS MEETING, November 21st, 2014, Meeting Notes & Handouts

November 21, 2104 Meeting AgendaMeeting Notes
UCP Handout
LCFF and UCP Letter 
Transitional Kindergarten Handout
Family Engagement Handout
Private Schools-Third Party Handout
Legislative Update Handout 1
Legislative Update Handout 2


Upcoming professional development opportunities:

* First, CAASFEP is pleased to announce that Bonnie Little Graham of Brunstein and Manasevit, PLLC will be presenting a “Federal Grants Management and New EDGAR Workshop” (otherwise known as the New OMNI Circular) on January 27, 2015 at the Los Angeles COE and on February 2, 2015 in Sacramento.  The cost of the workshop is $175 for non-members and $150 for members. To register for the workshop please contact Elizabeth Preston at (530) 749-6139 or via email at

* Second, attached you will find a flyer regarding the National Association of Federal Program Administrators (NAFEPA) annual conference. Both are excellent PD opportunities. NAFEPA Flyer

The State and Federal Programs Directors Meeting on Friday, December 12, 2014 has been CANCELED.  The next meeting will be Friday, January 16, 2015 at the California Department of Education located at 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, CA from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Robin Hall, Executive
Director, Regional System of District & School Support, Region 4, at or 510-670-4170.

SCCOE Focus on LCFF & LCAP Newsletter


Changes in School Funding

With the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), big changes are taking place in how California funds schools.  The shift is from treating school funding as “input to support students” to “resources that are linked to performance expectations.” Under this new funding formula, school districts will also be subject to new rules for transparency and accountability, which include creating – with input from parents and the community – and adopting a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that lays out how the district will spend the funds.
This issue of Focus On provides links to the latest news and resources to help districts in their implementation of LCFF and LCAP.

Focus on… is published periodically and provides you with links to topics of current  interest.   

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Past Issues Archives


LCFF Resources for Districts
Local Control Funding Formula
California Department of EducationLCFF Toolkit
California School Boards Association

LCFF Channel [Videos]

A Bold New World: A Guide to the Local Control Funding Formula

LCFF School District Comparatron
(This tool allows you to view and compare the funding each California school district is expected to receive under the new funding system.)

LCFF Resources

Local Control Funding Formula Resources

An Overview of the Local Control Funding Formula (Updated)


LCAP Web Portals
Check these sites for the latest news and resources:Local Control Accountability Plan
Santa Clara COELCAP Development Guide and Additional Resources
Monterey COE

Local Control & Accountability
Los Angeles COE

Local Control and Accountability Plan
Sonoma COE


Communication Tools
Everything You Need to Know About the LCFF
English / Spanish
ACLULocal Control Accountability Plan
English / Spanish
ACLUWhat is the New Story? [Infographic]
Alameda COE

LCFF & LCAP: Your Voice Matters
California PTA

School Funding Undergoes Major Reform: An Essential EdSource Guide

California’s New Funding Formula
Fair Share 4 Kids


Sample Parent/Community LCAP Surveys
About the Learning Multimedia Center
The Learning Multimedia Center is Education’s One Stop Shop and is open to the public.  Research reports, state-adopted textbooks, parent resources, Make ‘n Take activities, and more are available to educators, parents, preschools, students, and the community.Learning Multimedia CenterSanta Clara County Office of Education
1290 Ridder Park Drive San Jose, CA  95131
(408) 453-6800

LMC Website


CDE’s North Transitioning to New Assessment and Accountability Systems Information Meeting

Assessment and accountability are in a time of transition in California

The California State Department of Education presented updates at the North Transitioning to New Assessment and Accountability Systems Information Meeting on October 18, 2013.

These are three of the most pertinent links for PI resources:

Accountability 2013 NS


Smarter Balanced


Resources from CDE’s Transitioning to New Assessment and Accountability Systems Information Meeting

Resources from the North State Assessment and Accountability Updates Meeting

On October 21st, the California Department of Education (CDE) provided the most up-to-date information about California’s new assessments and accountability systems and the status of the activities being carried out to transition to these systems. This one-day meeting in Sacramento provided school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools updates on a number of important topics. The meeting was recorded and will be archived for future viewing.

Presentation Resources Available:

  • Accountability 2013
  • CALMAPP Overview 2013
  • CELDT-ELPAC Presentation 2013
  • Introduction 2013
  • North-South CALPADS
  • Provisions for CALMAPP 2013
  • Smarter Balanced 2013
  • Technology Presentation 2013

Additional Handouts: California Assessment System 2013-14, CAHSEE What’s New in 2013-14, GED Program What’s New in 2013-14, CDE Contacts

Click Here for Handouts

Meet Our Expert Practioners


Jenn Dee   

CAST Implementation Specialist – As an Implementation Specialist, Jen Dee supports educators in their use of Universal Design for Learning to provide the best learning experiences for a wide variety of students. She coaches teams of educators as they work to bring the principles of UDL to life in their classrooms, schools, and districts. Prior to joining CAST, she worked as a high school special education teacher and Teach for America corps member in Chalmette, Louisiana. In this role she supported students with a wide variety of learning, social, and emotional differences in their studies of algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. She also coached a running club at this school, and ran her first half marathon alongside her students through Youth Run NOLA. Additionally, Jen has experience working in preschool programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilitiesprograms for dual language learners, and programs for children experiencing homelessness. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys running, spending time with her niece, and watching the Boston Red Sox.


Bill Ferriter         BillFerriterPhoto     teaching_igeneration_1

William M. Ferriter is a National Board Certified Teacher of sixth-graders in a professional learning community in North Carolina. He has designed professional development courses for educators nationwide…READ MORE.

Ari Fleisher        


CAST Implementation Specialist – Ari Fleisher facilitates and manages CAST Institutes, and supports the Professional Learning team with operations and staffing. She has seen learning environments come alive in and out of classrooms through her work with curriculum, school climate and culture, and social-emotional learning. Ari believes that UDL can help to deepen students’ excitement about discovery, and is thrilled to be spreading the word of UDL to help set students (and educators) up for long-term success. Ari enjoys camping, biking and singing.

Heather Francis   

CAST Implementation Specialist – As an Implementation Specialist, Heather Francis collaborates with educator teams to facilitate the application of UDL in the education field. With a background in educational neuroscience and special education, Heather is passionate about working with researchers and practitioners to create more inclusive learning environments for all students. Heather enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling with her husband.

Robin Hall      CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90

Dr. Robin Hall has served as Executive Director of the Regional System of District & School Support, Region 4, since 2001. Prior to her leadership of R4SDSS, she was a classroom teacher for twenty years, worked as a site – and district-level administrator, and provided accountability and categorical program guidance and assistance at the county office level.  She earned a M.S. in Educational Leadership at CSU East Bay, and in 2005, after completing a dissertation on the impact of publicly funded intervention and support programs on low-performing schools, earned an Ed.D. at St. Mary’s College.

Tammy Heflebower tammyh   tammybooks  tammybook2

Tammy Heflebower, EdD, is senior scholar at Marzano Research. She is a highly sought-after school leader and consultant with vast experience in urban, rural, and suburban districts throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Dr. Heflebower has served as a classroom teacher, building leader, district leader, regional professional development director, and national trainer. She has also been an adjunct professor of curriculum, instruction, and assessment at several universities.  READ MORE


Janel Keating          janel     everyschoolteamclassroom

Janel Keating is deputy superintendent of the White River School District in Washington. She has been an elementary and middle school teacher, an elementary principal, and a director of student learning…READ MORE.


Mike Mattos     MikeMattosPhoto      mikebook    mikebook2

Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. Mike co-created the RTI at Work™ model, which builds on the foundation of the PLC at Work™ process by using team structures and a focus on learning, collaboration, and results to drive successful outcomes. READ MORE


John Stevens          

John Stevens is an educational technology coach for Chaffey Joint Union High School district who has also taught Geometry, Algebra 1, Middle School Math, Service Learning, and Robotics/Engineering & Design since 2006. He has served as the go-to guy for trying new, crazy, and often untested ideas to see how well they will work. Check out!


Matt Vaudrey   john    

As a secondary educator, Matt wears costumes, plays loud music, stands on desks, and shows videos and pictures to make math meaningful for his students. As an education professional, he writes about successes, failures, and everything in between on his website (, then takes those lessons into the conference room, where he enjoys sharing what he’s learned with fellow teachers.


Kelly Wylie, R4SDSS Program Director 

Kelly Wylie, Region 4 System of District and School Support Program Director, is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience. Prior to her work at R4SDSS, Kelly had been a middle school administrator, an instructional coach and a classroom teacher. She provides expert practitioner technical assistance in the areas of Professional Learning Communities, Accountability, Multi-tiered System of Supports and ESSA; having presented at the national, state and local level.

California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress 2014 Administration

California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress 2014 Administration

The 2014 administration includes the Smarter Balanced Field Test, paper-based testing in CSTs for grade-level science, CMA for grade-level science, CAPA, STS for RLA, and EAP. To help schools prepare for the  2014 administration, including the Field Test set to take place in spring 2014, we have dedicated Technical Assistance Center specifically for California. School districts can call the center with questions about:

  • Technology concerns
  • Administration guidelines
  • Testing windows
  • Test orders
  • Training opportunities
  • General questions about the Field Test

You can contact representatives by phone at 1-800-955-2954 or by e-mail at

In addition to the California Technical Assistance Center the ETS District Outreach team will provide direct district support and will provide frequent updates through Webcasts and regional training workshops.

Notice by California Department of Education





State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Updated School Quality Snapshot Now Available


~ CDE News Release ~

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Updated School Quality Snapshot Now Available


SACRAMENTO—An online accountability tool that provides the public an easy way to see a variety of measures of how well the state’s more than 10,000 schools are performing is now updated with the latest information available, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today reported.

“Since we created these School Quality Snapshots, Californians have viewed more than 100,000 copies to learn more about their local schools,” Torlakson said. “The Snapshot puts the information parents and the public need and want right at their fingertips.”

California Department of Education staff developed the School Quality Snapshot Web application last year using existing state resources. Since the program was unveiled last October, 115,737 Snapshots of local schools have been downloaded. Previously, it had required visits to more than a dozen CDE Web pages to compile the same amount of information about individual schools. The Snapshot instead compiles the data in a matter of seconds and produces a two-page document that is easy to understand. It provides a longitudinal overview of information about each school and its performance on several indicators. It also provides data on a state and district level for comparison purposes, as well as some demographic information on each school.

The first page displays information about a school’s performance on the Academic Performance Index, which is a focal point of the Snapshot. It also includes data on a school’s California Standards Tests (CSTs) results at the proficient-and-above level for English-language arts, mathematics, and science. A pie chart summarizes a school’s enrollment by race/ethnicity, and other diagrams show subgroup enrollment and average class size.

The second page shows information on CSTs results for history/social science, the percentage of students in the Healthy Fitness Zone from the Physical Fitness Test, the percentage of graduates meeting University of California “a-g” requirements, the cohort graduation rate, suspension and expulsions as a percentage of enrolled students, average SAT scores, the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) English-language arts grade ten passing rate, and the CAHSEE mathematics grade ten passing rate.

The development of the School Quality Snapshot was part of Torlakson’s A Blueprint for Great Schools initiative, one goal of which is to give parents and the public more information about student learning and school success.

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