Call to Action: Right now, we have an opportunity to broaden the way school success is measured beyond standardized tests. In the next few weeks the California Department of Education (CDE) will be holding regional meetings in Fresno, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside to give the public an opportunity to weigh in on this issue.
Why is this a significant opportunity for arts education? The recommendations of this committee may have far reaching consequences in determining whether or not schools include arts education as an appropriate measure of student achievement. From past experience, we know that if it isn’t measured, it won’t be taught. So, it’s critical that arts education advocates attend these regional meetings to highlight the role that arts education plays in preparing students for college and career opportunities.
Date, time and location of meeting:
Fresno County Office of Education – April 25, 2013, 9 a.m.– Noon
1111 Van Ness Avenue, Room 101T , Fresno, CA 93721
Background: At present, the Academic Performance Index (API) scores the academic performance of individual public schools based solely on student performance on statewide standardized tests. The API tracks yearly performance as well as improvement from the one year to the next and each school has an annual target.
This year, the Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Group (PSAAA), which is part of the California Department of Education (CDE) will consider changing the factors that determine a school’s API score. Beginning in with the 2015 – 16 API cycle, state test results may only constitute 60 percent of a high school’s API and 40 percent of a high school’s API must be from indicators other than state tests. Therefore, the CDE is exploring options to include graduation data and is developing a college and career indicator that will be included in the calculation of a high school’s API. The public is invited to give input at regional meetings happening in the next month.
Join us at a meeting in your area, recieve talking points and information about a free conference call on April 23 from 4-5:30pm if you want help in crafting your comments.