Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 12/16/2013 - 7:30 PM
Category: Business/Action Items
Type: Action
Subject: 4.2 Approval of Quality Investment Education Act (QEIA) Grade Level Core Class Size Averages Class Size Reduction (CSR) General Waiver Applications: Mt. Diablo High School and Oak Grove Middle School
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Goal:
College and Career California State Standards (CCSS) Goal 1.1-1.5, 1.17, 1.22-1.23
California State Standards (CCSS) Goal 1.1-1.5, 1.17, 1.22-1.23
Policy:
Enclosure:
File Attachment:
MDHS CSR Waiver.pdf
OGMS CSR Waiver.pdf
Summary: Mt. Diablo High School and Oak Grove Middle School are seeking Board approval to apply for a waiver with the California State Board of Education, General Waiver, Quality Investment Education Act (QEIA), Ed Code Title Class Size Reduction Requirements, Ed Code Section 52055.740 (C, i, ii, iii), Ed Code Authority 33050.
Mt. Diablo High School’s current QEIA CSR target averages for English, ELD, mathematics, history-social science, and science grades nine through twelve are 17, 22, 20, and 20, respectively. Monitoring performed by the Contra Costa County Office of Education indicates that the Class Size Reduction (CSR) requirements of the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) were fully met by Mt. Diablo HS for 2012-13 but the school is on track to not meet the targets for 2013-2014. We are requesting an increase in core class size averages, grades 9 – 12 to 25:1.
Oak Grove Middle School’s current QEIA CSR target averages for English, ELD, mathematics, history-social science, and science grades six through eight are 19.1, 23.7, and 20.1, respectively. Monitoring performed by the Contra Costa County Office of Education indicates that the Class Size Reduction (CSR) requirements of the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) were fully met by Oak Grove MS for 2012-13 and, at the time of the writing of this waiver request, the school is on track to meet the targets for 2013-2014. However, if mid-year enrollment continues to follow recent trends, the school may find itself unable to continue to meet these excessively low targets. While the district could add additional sections, mid-year hiring creates difficulty with finding highly qualified teachers willing to come on board to teach the specialized tiny (one or two sections per course) part-time jobs that would be created by adding these sections. Additionally, the excessively small classes that are necessary to maintain these grade level averages are creating unique scheduling and enrollment issues. We are requesting an increase in core class size averages, grades 6 – 8 to 25:1.
Funding:
Fiscal Impact There is no impact to the General Fund
Recommendation: Approval
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Lorie O'Brien - Administrator, Compliance and Training
Signed By:
Rose Lock - Assistant Superintendent of Middle
Signed By:
Dr. Nellie Meyer - Superintendent
Vote Results:

New Motion
Member Linda Mayo Moved, Member Brian Lawrence seconded to approve the New motion 'Approve the Quality Investment Education Act (QEIA) Grade Level Core Class Size Averages Class Size Reduction (CSR) General Waiver Applications for Mt. Diablo High School and Oak Grove Middle School through June 29, 2015.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 4 Nay: 1.
The motion Carried 4 - 1
   
Linda Mayo     Yes
Lynne Dennler     No
Cheryl Hansen     Yes
Brian Lawrence     Yes
Barbara Oaks     Yes