Program Authorization: La. Constitution of 1974, Article VIII, Sec. 2; R.S. 36:647; R.S. 17:21-27; R.S. 17:10.1-10.3; R.S. 36:651(G)(3); R.S. 17:24.4(F); R.S. 17:24.4(G)(1); R.S. 17:1941 et seq.; R.S. 17: 1941 et seq.; 20UPC, Chapter 33 Sections 1401-1458 et al, Renata D.; R.S. 17: 10-11; R.S. 17:10.1-10.3; R.S. 17:3917-3919; R.S. 17:24.9; R.S. 17:181; Title 1 of EASA of 1965 as amended by P.L. 103-382 of 1994
The mission of the Office of Student and School Performance is to develop, implement, administer and assess activities designed to improve teaching and learning. The office provides assistance to school administrators and teachers in creating positive learning environments that facilitate the development of successful, productive individuals who are prepared to function in an increasingly complex society. In addition, the office strives to assist local education agencies in providing educational environments for all students and educators which are safe, caring, challenging, and rich in meaningful learning opportunities.
The goals of the Office of Student and School Performance are:
1. Establish standards for students and school performance and measure and hold students and schools accountable for attainment of those standards.
2. Provide ongoing support and assistance to schools and communities in achieving their established goals by building capacity at the local level.
3. Serve as an advocate for all students and schools of our state.
The Office of Student and School Performance includes the following activities: Student Standards and Assistance, Workforce Development, Student Assessment, Special Populations, School Standards, Accountability and Assistance.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The Office of Student and School Performance program provides leadership and support to the Department of Education. The success of this program is reflected in the success of the other activities in this program. Performance information consistent with this program's strategic plan and with the statewide model for administration/support service programs will be reported next year. The Office of Student and School Performance did provide the following information for FY 1998-99.
1. The Office of Student and School Performance Program, through the student standards and assistance activity, will assist 100% of local education agencies (LEAs) with the implementation of state content standards via school, parish, regional or state-level activities in Fy 1998-99.
1 Professional Development activities are designed for educators of students in grades K-12. Activities include workshops and seminars provided by the Department of Education and include those activities provided through the K-3 reading and math initiative. Assistance to local districts includes provision of model lessons and curriculum design models/guidelines.
2. The Office of Student and School Performance Program, through the workforce development activity, will increase the percentage of local school systems employing career awareness activities and career option planning for high school students to better prepare them for work or postsecondary study in FY 1998-99.
1 Act 1124 requires participation of all local school systems by FY 2005-2006.
3. The Office of Student and School Performance Program, through the student assistance activity, will provide valid and reliable measures of students' academic performance by Spring FY 1998-99.
1 The LEAP for the 21st Century testing program will replace the current LEAP testing program. Implementation of LEAP for the 21st Century will be phased in from Spring 1999 through Spring 2001.
4. The Office of Student and School Performance Program, through the special populations activity, will increase the level of cooperation with other agencies (including financial and program support) as indicated by an increasing number of interagency agreements, cooperative endeavors and collaborative activities by the end of FY 1998-99.
5. The Office of Student and School Performance Program, through the special populations activity, will increase the number of exceptional students served in the general population by the end of FY 1998-99.
6. The Office of Student and School Performance Program, through the school standards, accountability and assistance activity, will create a statewide system of accountability for public schools and school districts for full implementation in FY 1999-2000, with first assessments of school districts to occur before October 1, 2001.
1 Collection of baseline data schools will begin using new assessments in the spring of 1999. From this baseline data, growth targets will be established for schools. Baselines, growth targets, time lines, levels of student achievement are currently being analyzed. BESE is required to give final approval of the indicators and expected outcomes. By October 1, 2001, the Department of Education shall have conducted the first assessment of schools and districts by reviewing progress made from the initial baseline data. Beginning in 2001, the numbers will be available on schools that have met their growth targets set during the 1999 baseline year.
7. The Office of Student and School Performance Program, through the school standards, accountability and assistance activity, will continue to support local schools and districts in yearly efforts to ensure that 100% of Louisiana's students have access to quality textbooks and related instructional materials by FY 1998-99.
A task force is convened by BESE and the state department is defining standards for adequacy and a system of accountability for districts.
8. The Student and School Performance Program, through the student standards and assistance activity, will support local schools and districts in efforts to ensure that 75% of students participating in the statewide K-3 reading and math initiative will show yearly growth and improvement toward reading on or above grade level as evidenced by state and/or local assessments in FY 1998-99.
1 The targeted population was calculated using a total K-3 student population. Approximately 40% of second and third grade students were reported by local districts in October 1997 to be reading below grade level, and this percentage was used for projecting target population. Continuation level assumes a 2% decrease in the number of students at -risk of experiencing difficulty in reading and/or math.
2 Approximately 9,000 teachers will receive training over a two year period.
3 Via locally selected instrument
4 Via statewide instrument
9. The Student and School Performance Program, through the special populations activity, will increase the effectiveness of services to children receiving special education, early intervention or other special assistance through policy, research and program accountability by the end of FY 1998-99.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded by general fund, interagency transfers, self-generated revenues, statutory dedication and federal funds. The sources of interagency transfer include the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund 8(g); indirect cost recovery from federal programs; and the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant from the Department of Social Services. Self-generated revenues are derived from conference fees sponsored by Special Education and Title 1 programs; textbook rebate from publishers; and the sale of publications, curriculum guides, diplomas and transcripts. The School and District Accountability Fund authorized by Act 478 of the 1997 Regular Session is the source of the statutory dedication. (Per R.S.39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The sources of federal funds include Title 7, Bilingual Education and Emergency Immigrant Program; the federal Foreign Language Assistance Program (SAM); Parts B, C and H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Very Special Arts, Section IIIC of the Emergency and Secondary Education Act; Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act; Title 2 Math and Science Grant; and Title 1 of The Improving America's Schools Act.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
Means of Financing Substitution-Replace statutory dedication from the School and District Accountability Fund with general fund to provide a recurring source of revenue for the Accountability Iniative
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 116.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 90.4% of the total request ($24,258,287) for this program. The increase in general fund is primarily the result of six transactions: the addition of $225,000 for the High Stakes Testing Remediation/Intervention Pilot program; the addition of $1,654,054 to develop Grades 4 and 8 Science and Social Studies components of the new criterion-reference test; a means of financing substitution replacing statutory dedication with general fund for the School and District Accountability initiative; a means of financing substitution replacing 8(g) with general fund for the existing High School LEAP Graduation Exit Exam; a decrease reflecting the transfer of the Science Satellite course contract; and the transfer of positions and associated salaries to reflect departmental reorganization. The reduction in interagency transfers reflects adjustments made to the 8(g)-financed programs including a realignment of the existing budget authority to provide for a $1,750,000 budget to administer the new Grades 4 and 8 Math and English Language Arts component of the new criterion-referenced test. Statutory dedication was reduced to reflect the means of financing substitutions associated with the School and District Accountability initiative. The increase in federal funds is primarily attributable to the transfer of the federal LEARN program from the Executive Office and adjustments in the administrative budgets of various federal grants. The table of organization was reduced by one (1) to reflect the elimination of a position consistently vacant; by thirty-seven (37) for transfers associated with the department's reorganization; and one (1) position was added for High Stakes Testing.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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