EX-1 was revised too quickly in FY2016, creating certain unintended consequences, including not allowing time for LEAs to implement necessary changes in their Student Information Systems.
Superintendent Douglas intends to review and reissue EX-1 with an effective date of 7/1/2017 or later.
ADE staff members have met with representatives from school districts and charter schools to gain an understanding of LEAs’ concerns regarding EX-1, and are currently reviewing the EX-1 guideline in light of these issues. ADE plans to revise EX-1 to address these concerns, and will review the new draft with LEA representatives. Following these discussions, a new draft EX-1 will be presented to Superintendent Douglas for her approval. She intends to decide on a course that lessens the administrative burden on LEAs while serving Arizona’s students. Please expect a revised version of EX-1 before the end of this calendar year.
From now until 7/1/2017 or the reissued effective date, the Superintendent intends to hold LEAs harmless in their implementation of EX-1. This means LEAs will not have monetary audit findings for FY 2017 in regards to EX-1.
For FY2017, it is a local decision whether the 10% threshold in EX-1 is applied to all absences or only out of school suspensions. The FY 2016 revisions of EX-1 are currently suspended. Please find the 2009 version of EX-1 on the School Finance External Guidance webpage.