Flex Request Amendments 2014

ARIZONA ESEA FLEXIBILITY REQUEST AMENDMENTS

 

School Improvement – Why Amend?

  • Feedback from current Priority and Focus Schools
    • Reasons for identification differ
    • Need to differentiate expectations, support and accountability
    • Number of required strategies for each of the 7 Turnaround Principles

 

  • Lessons Learned from first 2 years of implementation
    • Stronger connections between Exit Criteria, Performance Targets, and Benchmarks
    • Outcome focused not compliance focused
    • Need for more targeted and strategic supports

 

  • Findings highlighted in ESEA Part B Monitoring Report
    • Evidence all Priority Schools implemented interventions aligned with ALL of the turnaround principles for 3 years.
    • Evidence that non-SIG Priority Schools reviewed the performance of the current principal to ensure the principal has a track record in improving achievement and ability to lead turnaround effort.
    • High quality plan that ensures full implementation for ALL priority schools by 2014-2015 school year.
    • Identify 5% of Title I schools as Priority Schools and begin implementation no later than the 2014-2015 school year.
    • Evidence all Priority Schools implemented interventions aligned with ALL of the turnaround principles for 3 years.
    • Evidence that non-SIG Priority Schools reviewed the performance of the current principal to ensure the principal has a track record in improving achievement and ability to lead turnaround effort.
    • High quality plan that ensures full implementation for ALL priority schools by 2014-2015 school year.
    • Identify 5% of Title I schools as Priority Schools and begin implementation no later than the 2014-2015 school year.

 

School Improvement – Proposed Amendments

Accountability

  • Priority Schools will have a choice to implement one of the 4 SIG intervention models or develop a plan of intervention that meets all of the 7 turnaround principles.
    • Identified 70 Priority Schools; 25 newly identified to begin implementation in 2014-2015
    • 24 are currently implementing a SIG model; 46 Priority Schools eligible for Cohort 3 SIG
    • Priority schools must use a competency based selection process for turnaround leader
    • Priority schools must provide evidence principal has a track record of improving student performance
    • Requested flexibility if unable to identify a leader that meets the requirements. ADE will provide leadership development support along with coaching and/or Implementation Specialist.

 

  • Focus Schools will select the appropriate turnaround principles that address the reason for identification.
    • May choose as many as necessary
    • Must align to the reason for identification and be above and beyond typical Title I intervention
    • Must implement Principle 5: Using Data to Inform Instruction

 

  • Priority and Focus School plans will be included in the LCIP and SCIPs

 

  • Develop achievement performance targets for all students and bottom quartile students in reading and math (SCIP goals) and milestones for each target based on interim assessments for the year

 

  • Develop leading indicator performance targets for all students in the areas of school environment and teacher performance and milestones for each target for the year

 

Support

       ADE collaborative support teams

 

  • ADE and LEA collaboration on the school improvement planning process
    • Reason for identification-data
    • Exit criteria, performance target and milestone development
    • Selecting appropriate interventions for each of the turnaround principles
    • Monitoring and evaluating implementation of selected interventions

 

  • Support will be differentiated and focus on the following:
    • LEA and School Leadership
    • Effective Staffing
    • Instructional Infrastructure
    • Differentiated Support and Accountability

 ADE approved Implementation Specialist available through school improvement grant funds to provide frequent and intensive technical assistance and job-embedded learning

 

      Stakeholder comment and feedback is still being sought.   Please send comments to eseawaiver@azed.gov.

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