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									                        California Department of Education
                   Advisory Commission on Special Education
                 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, CA 95814
                      January 4 and 5, 2012, Meeting Minutes

Advisory Commission on Special Education Members

Kristin Wright, Chair
Christina Michel-Albers, Vice-chair

Janice Brown
Maureen Burness
Kenneth Denman
Diane Fazzi
Ronald Gonzales-Lawrence
Morena de Grimaldi
Betty Karnette
Susan Martinez
Laurie Newton
Tomislav Peraic
Naomi Rainey
Laureen Sills
James Woodhead

Student Members                     Legislative Members
Alexa McBride                             Carol Liu, Senate
Matthew Stacy                       Joan Buchanan, Assembly

State Board of Education
Yvonne Chan, Liaison

State Special Schools
Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools & Services Division
Department of Education

Executive Secretary
Fred Balcom, Director, Special Education Division
Department of Education




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ADVISORY COMMISSION ON SPECIAL EDUCATION
                                     AGENDA

                          Wednesday, January 4, 2012
January 4, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time +
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. by Kristin Wright, Chair.

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commissioner Rainey.

Members Present:
Jan Brown                  Maureen Burness                   Ken Denman
Diane Fazzi                Morena de Grimaldi                Betty Karnette
Susan Martinez             Christina Michel-Albers           Laurie Newton
Tom Peraic                 Naomi Rainey                      Laureen Sills
Matthew Stacy (student)    Jim Woodhead                      Kristin Wright

Members Absent:
Senator Liu                Assemblymember Buchanan
Alexa McBride (student)    Ronald Gonzales-Lawrence

Also Present:
Fred Balcom                Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools
Kathleen Smith             Yvonne Chan, State Board of Education
Jill Amick

Communications and Announcements: None.

Review of Agenda: No changes and/or additions.




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Item 1: Special Education and Community Advisory Committees CAC) −
Presentation by Rowell Family Empowerment Center and the Shasta County Office
of Education.

Wendy Longwell, Parent Liaison, Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern
California, and Conde Kunzman, Director, Shasta County Office of Education,
provided a PowerPoint presentation and responded to inquiry. Handouts were
provided.

Discussion was held. The following public comments were received:

Alany Helmantoler, Concord, California, spoke to the need to improve CAC
transparency and to establish protections against retaliation for participants.

Kat Lowrance, Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California, spoke to the
Family Participation Fund that provides assistance for family members to attend and
participate in policy-making meetings, such as CAC.

Joni Clark, CARS+ President, spoke to building relationships between parents,
educators, and special education administrators.

Lisa Sowle, Moraga, California, spoke to the need for greater parental awareness
about their local CAC.

                           No action was taken on this item.


Item 2: Consider and discuss increased Community Advisory Committee
involvement including, but not limited to, developing an action plan.

After discussion, the following motion was duly made, seconded, and unanimously
carried: (a) That the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) Web page
include a link to the CAC guidelines; and (b) To write a letter to the state special
education local plan area (SELPA) organization expressing concern that CAC
engagement across the state is inconsistent and to inquire about the organization’s
vision and strategic plan for positively impacting parent involvement and improving
CAC homogeneity.




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Item 3: Presentation of the Annual State Performance Plan and Performance
Report for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Covering Program
Year 2010−11.

Fred Balcom, Special Education Division, California Department of Education (CDE),
reported that the State Board of Education (SBE) will consider approval of the State
Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) for Part B of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Covering Program Year 2010–11,
at its January 2012 meeting. Discussion and inquiry followed.

The SBE, as the state educational agency, reports annually to the public and the
United States Department of Education on the performance of California’s local
educational agencies with regard to the IDEA. The SPP identifies targets/goals and
the APR contains data which measures the state’s performance in achieving those
targets/goals.
                         No action was taken on this item.


Lunch:    The meeting temporarily adjourned at 12:15 p.m. and reconvened at 1:31
p.m.


Item 4: Standing Committee Reports on Legislation (Jan Brown, Maureen
Burness, Morena de Grimaldi, Betty Karnette, Jim Woodhead) and Policy Review
and Development (Jan Brown, Maureen Burness, Ken Denman)

In regards to full funding for special education, and to reduce the financial impact on
general education resources, Commissioner Karnette reported that the Legislative
Committee recommends the following:

      Identify a point of contact, such as a college intern, for coordinating
       information from other states about their special education departments and
       their congressional delegations

      Work with regional and national groups who are in a position to lobby
       congress

      Task a workgroup with developing a consistent, clear message with broad-
       based appeal and a strategic plan for conveying such message

      Using a consistent clear message, nag, nag, nag!

On behalf of the Policy Review and Development Committee, Commissioner Burness
reported on developing a set of recommendations for updates and amendments to
the California Code of Regulations, i.e. Section 3030 (Eligibility Criteria) wherein



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disability designations do not correspond with federal law. Other areas include mental
health and credentials.

                          No action was taken on this item.


Item 5: Provide input and advice to the Special Education Division regarding the
2012 Part B Annual State Application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act.

Maureen Burness, Policy Review and Development Committee, reported that input
gathered from the ACSE members relative to the decision making protocol and the
list of statutes and regulations identified as state-imposed, included but was not
limited to their appreciation of the transparent and inclusive process that the CDE
employed.

Doug McDougall, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division,
reported that next steps are: (a) publishing the state’s application for a 60 day
comment period; and (b) reviewing statutes and regulations that have been
determined to be state-imposed in a further exhaustive manner and considering
which shall be recommended to be maintained, amended, or deleted.

Discussion and inquiry was held.

                          No action was taken on this item.


Item 6: Presentation by Tom Parrish regarding students in special education and
special education costs.

Tom Parrish, Managing Research Scientist, American Institutes for Research,
presented data and findings from the Academically Strong California Districts for
Students in Special Education project. The project studied eight California school
districts showing unusually strong academic performance over four years for their
special education population compared to similar districts in the state. Handouts were
provided and Dr. Parrish responded to inquiry.




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Discussion was held. The following public comments were received:

Kat Lowrance, parent leader, Improving Special Education Services collaborative,
spoke to teacher credentialing and the potential for improved student outcomes if
there were no distinctions between special and general education credentials.

Alany Helmantoler, Concord, California, spoke to ensuring that special education
spending is transparent so that districts can be held accountable for any excessive
expenses, such as contracts for legal services.

                          No action was taken on this item.


Item 7:   Public comment on any matter not included on the printed agenda.

Lisa Sowle, Contra Costa County, and parent of a student with disabilities (SWD),
spoke to her experience trying to secure positive outcomes for her child.

Alany Helmantoler advocated for the prior speaker’s concerns and the need for a
legislative solution ensuring that students who can pass standardized tests are not
removed from a diploma track. Only if a SWD fails to pass standardized testing
should s/he be removed from a diploma track.

                          No action was taken on this item.


Item 8: Commissioner reports on matters of interest pertaining to the
memberships’ appointing bodies and stakeholders.

Oral reports were presented by individual commissioners on matters related to
his/her stakeholders group(s) and work related thereto, including but not limited to:
AB 114 Transition Workgroup and its focus on funding and implementation; process
for reviewing the 26 entries for the 2011−12 Grazer Outstanding Achievement in
Learning award; full federal funding for the IDEA; recognition of Yvonne Chan for her
work on behalf of SWD’s as member of the SBE; and a virtual chat forum for parents
of students with special needs at www.coffeeklatch.com.

                          No action was taken on this item.


Item 9: State of California budget and legislative update(s) provided by the
California Department of Education.

None



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ADJOURN: The meeting adjourned at 4:01 p.m. until January 5, 2012.




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ADVISORY COMMISSION ON SPECIAL EDUCATION
                                     AGENDA

                          Thursday, January 5, 2012
January 5, 2012 – 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time ±
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 8:36 a.m. by Kristin Wright, Chair.

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commissioner Denman.

Members Present:
Maureen Burness            Ken Denman                  Diane Fazzi
Morena de Grimaldi         Betty Karnette              Susan Martinez
Christina Michel-Albers    Laurie Newton               Tom Peraic
Naomi Rainey               Laureen Sills               Matthew Stacy (student)
Jim Woodhead               Kristin Wright

Members Absent:
Senator Liu                Assemblymember Buchanan
Jan Brown                  Ronald Gonzales-Lawrence
Alexa McBride (student)

Also Present:
Fred Balcom                Scott Kerby, Director, State Special Schools
Kathleen Smith             Yvonne Chan, State Board of Education
Jill Amick

Communications and Announcements:
Chair Wright stated that those members who are continuing to discharge their ACSE
duties, even though their terms have expired and are waiting to hear from the
Governor and the legislature as to reappointment(s) for a second term, should make
plans to attend and participate in the next meeting in Riverside, in approximately six
weeks.
Review of Agenda: No changes and/or additions.


Item 10: Approval of minutes from prior meeting



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The November 2011 meeting minutes were approved, as corrected for a
typographical error, without objection.


Item 11: Assessment update including, but not limited to, the California High School
exit examination (CAHSEE) by Diane Hernandez, Interim Director, Assessment
Development and Administration Division, California Department of Education.

Opening remarks were provided by Diane Hernandez and a handout provided
documenting the chronology of activities that have occurred to develop an alternative
means to the CAHSEE for eligible students with disabilities. Next, Dr. Eric Zilbert,
Psychometrics & Assessment Analysis Unit, presented the preliminary results of the
California Modified Assessment (CMA)/CAHSEE linking studies. A handout was
provided.

Ms. Hernandez concluded the presentation by reporting on several assessment
developments that have taken place since the AB 2040 panel recommended a two
tier approach as an alternative means to the CAHSEE, including the enactment of AB
250, the Curriculum Support and Reform Act, which establishes a structure for the
implementation of the common core state standards by developing and adopting
curriculum frameworks and professional development opportunities that are aligned
to the common core state standards.

Discussion and inquiry was held, and a motion in concept was duly made and
seconded as follows: ACSE supports implementing Tier 1; extending the
implementation date for an alterative means to January 1, 2013; pursuing a
legislative remedy to continue the CAHSEE exemption until July 1, 2015; and does
not recommend proceeding with Tier 2.

The following public comment was received:

Joni Clark, CARS+ President, spoke to the work of the AB 2040 panel and in support
of its recommendations as regards alternative assessments for students with
disabilities.

Motion carried unanimously.


Break:    The meeting temporarily adjourned at 10:21 a.m. and reconvened at 10:42
a.m.


Item 12: Public Comment on any matter not included on the printed agenda.

None



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Item 13: Organizational Input

The CARS+ organization extended an invitation to the ACSE to join the CARS+
members for lunch at their convention on Friday, February 24, 2012, in Riverside.

Joni Clark, CARS+ President, spoke to the reallocation of existing revenues and
resources by school districts, in order to save money, which results in damage to
crucial services and programs which, in turn, creates more expensive problems to
solve.

                          No action was taken on this item.


Item 14: State Special Schools Report by Scott Kerby, Director, State Special
Schools and Services Division, California Department of Education.

Scott Kerby reported and responded to inquiry on the following: (a) Resources
available to parents, such as “Thriving with Your Deaf Child” (available electronically
at http://www.csdf.k12.ca.us/outreach/calnews/2011-12/deaf-baby.pdf), to guide them
in making educational decisions for their deaf and hard of hearing children; and (b)
Implementation of DeafTEC to help more deaf and hard of hearing students to
prepare for careers in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

                          No action was taken on this item.


Item 15: Common core update including special education considerations by Deb
Sigman, Deputy Superintendent, District, School & Innovation Branch, California
Department of Education.

Deb Sigman reported on the transition work of the CDE for implementing a new set of
common core standards in California, over the course of the past year, including the
positive implications for students with disabilities. Barbara Murchison, Instructional
Resources Unit, spoke to the CDE’s process for including special education
considerations in the implementation strategy. Mses. Sigman and Murchison
responded to inquiry. A handout was provided.

The following public comment was received:

Alany Helmantoler discouraged the use of acronyms and spoke to conducting public
meetings in a transparent fashion.

                          No action was taken on this item.




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LUNCH: The meeting temporarily adjourned at 12:17 p.m. and reconvened at 1:27
p.m.


Item 16: State Board of Education report from Yvonne Chan, Member, State Board
of Education (SBE) and SBE liaison to the Commission.

As this was Ms. Chan’s last meeting as the SBE liaison to the ACSE, the
membership recognized and honored her for her unerring commitment to and
passion for special education and students with disabilities.

                           No action was taken on this item.


Item 17: Report of the Director, Fred Balcom, Director, Special Education Division,
California Department of Education.

Dr. Balcom reported and responded to inquiry on matters that included but were not
limited to: (a) the Special Education Division’s (SED’s) work with the Commission on
Teacher Credentialing to ensure that the authorizations and credentialing structure
required for special educators does not result in a shortage of qualified staff; (b) that
the role and supervision of CAC’s is the function of the special education local plan
areas; (c) activities of the AB 114 transition workgroup; and (d) California’s
participation on a national level in the community of practice and assessment
consortia.

                           No action was taken on this item.


Item 11: Continued discussion of matters related to assessment and the California
High School exit examination (CAHSEE).

Discussion was held with respect to the “motion in concept” acted upon earlier in the
meeting and a motion to clarify same was duly made, seconded, and unanimously
carried as follows:

      Whereas, AB 250 was recently enacted and establishes a structure for the
implementation of the common core state standards;

      Whereas, in consideration of the preliminary data and results of the California
High School exit examination (CAHSEE) alternative means pilot project; and

        Whereas, in consideration of public input and the findings and
recommendations of the AB 2040 Panel regarding options for alternative means for
eligible students with disabilities;



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        Now, therefore, the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE),
relative to the status of an alternative means to the CAHSEE, recommends the
following:

      1) That a legislative remedy be sought to extend the CAHSEE exemption for
      students with disabilities until July 1, 2015;

      2) That Tier 1 of the alternative means pilot project be implemented, pending
      careful study and deliberation with the ACSE and stakeholders regarding the
      California Modified Assessment cut scores (if it does not prohibit extending the
      exemption), in order to provide students with disabilities the opportunity to
      meet CASHEE graduation requirements through existing assessment
      measures;

      3) That the regulations for implementation of the current exemption be
      extended until January 1, 2013; and

       4) That Tier 2 of the alternative means pilot project not be implemented at this
      time.




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Item 18: Operations and Planning

      Update on the Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) award

Commissioner Michel-Albers reported that a total of 26 entries were received and are
being reviewed and scored by five ACSE members. Based upon the scores, three to
five entries will be short-listed and these will then be reviewed and scored by an
independent (non-ACSE) panelist. The short-list scores will be presented to the
ACSE membership at its March meeting (March 22–23, 2012) and the recipient(s)
will be selected and announced at that time.

      February ACSE meeting in Riverside, California

Travel arrangements for the ACSE’s next meeting, which will be held in Riverside in
conjunction with the CARS+ Annual Convention, were briefly discussed. Members
will be reimbursed for hotel accommodations at the state-approved convention rate
for one night. The meeting room amenities are limited to audio/visual services and a
public address system.

                          No action was taken on this item.


ADJOURN: The meeting adjourned at 2:51 p.m. until February 23–24, 2012, in
Riverside, California.




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