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Bill to Advance Student Success and Close Achievement Gap Clears State Senate Education Committee

June 29, 2016

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — AB 2548 (Weber), the proposal to ensure California’s statewide school accountability system is transparent, defines school and district expectations for student success and promotes equity, passed unanimously in the Senate Education Committee today and is one step closer to becoming state law. The measure will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Children Now and Education Trust-West, requires 1) the State Board of Education (State Board) to ensure alignment between the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and federal law as they adopt a statewide accountability system; 2) calls for the State Board to set clear expectations for California schools based on multiple measures of student performance; and 3) directs the state to provide meaningful and accessible information on school and district performance to the public so that parents, communities and other engaged stakeholders have the necessary tools they need to provide effective local accountability. 

Ted Lempert, President of Children Now,released the following statement today in response to this policy milestone:  

“AB 2548 presents an opportunity for all of us committed to the wellbeing of California kids to help the state create a statewide accountability system that will benefit students and further improve and transform public education. 

Our kids deserve the best chance of reaching their full potential and that means having all the support they need to thrive in school. However, persistent gaps in academic performance among groups of students in California is a threat on their ability for success and the future growth of our state. Without the transparency and safeguards of a statewide K-12 accountability system then students, especially our most vulnerable, will continue to slip through the cracks.  

This inexcusable scenario is what motivates Children Now to help lawmakers and education stakeholders get California’s accountability system right. If the state doesn’t have the right system in place, school districts, parents and communities cannot fulfill their role to help our kids succeed. While districts establish the vision and approach that aim to achieve student success, the state is responsible to set the performance expectations and establish a transparent statewide system of continuous improvement that will help ensure we close gaps and boost student success.” 

For the full text of AB 2458, click here. Read Children Now’s recent newsletter with an outline of what others are saying about the benefits of AB 2548.  

 

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