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S.F. No. 2961 - Accountability for Charter Schools Serving At-Risk Students
 
Author: Senator Vicki Jensen
 
Prepared By: Ann Marie Lewis, Senate Counsel (651/296-5301)
 
Date: March 21, 2016



 

Section 1. Contents. Strikes a paragraph that directs a charter school to design its programs to meet outcomes adopted by the Commissioner for public schools.

Section 2. Pupil Performance.

(a) Restates the requirements stricken in section 1.

(b) Allows a charter school where at least 70 percent of enrolled pupils are eligible to participate in the graduation incentives program, or where the school contract limits admission to pupils eligible to participate in that program, to meet alternative accountability measures under this paragraph.

(1) Thirty percent of the performance evaluation is based on longitudinal data showing student achievement and growth on a nationally normed or state-normed assessment for groups of ten or more students continuously enrolled in the school for at least 120 days before taking the assessment.

(2) Forty percent of a student performance evaluation is based on demonstrated growth in any four of the following measures stipulated in the contract:

(i) a three-year average graduation rate for students who complete high school in four, five, or six years;

(ii) a three-year graduation rate for noncontinously enrolled students who complete high school in seven years;

(iii) average student drop-out rate for students who leave the school in a single year without pursuing an education alternative;

(iv) the participation rate and composite score of those students in a school year taking a national postsecondary or workforce readiness assessment;

(v) the percentage of students in the 12th grade cohort who graduate within that school year;

(vi) the percentage of students in a school year who successfully transfer to another education program;

(vii) the percentage of students in the previous school year who complete an education program, receive a diploma, enroll in a postsecondary program or intuition, enlists in the military, or obtain full-time employment;

(viii) the percentage of students in a school year who successfully complete the number of course credits they need to stay on track to graduate within an established timeline;

(ix) the percentage of students in a school year who successfully meet work certification or preapprenticeship program requirements; or

(x) the percentage of students in a school year who earn dual enrollments credits through Postsecondary Enrollment Options or another dual credit program.

(3) Thirty percent of a student performance evaluation is based on data from any three of the following student engagement measures applied to groups of ten or more students continuously enrolled in the school for at least 120 days:

(i) a three-year average daily attendance rate;

(ii) a demonstrated percentage improvement in attendance by a cohort;

(iii) a three-year average of the total number of days students are reported as truant;

(iv) the number of student dropouts who enroll in the school and remain continuously enrolled throughout that school year;

(v) the percentage of students in a school year or a 12-month period who participate in and demonstrate growth on character and social competency assessments measuring decision-making skills, career readiness, education or aspiration goals, and similar characteristics or competencies; or

(vi) the percentage of students in a school year who meet the community service goals in their individual learning plan as measured by the charter school’s citizenship and community outcomes rubric.

Effective Date. Makes the section effective for the 2016-2016 school year and later.

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