2016 Early Education Policy Updates

Bulletin 139 Update
Bulletin 140 Update- Accountability System
Bulletin 140 Update- Coordinated Funding and Enrollment Systems

State Board of Ed Adopts Changes to Child Care Assistance Rates for Children with Disabilities

The June BESE meetings also covered changes to Bulletin 139, increasing the Child Care Assistance Program subsidy rates for children with special needs as follows:  

 

  • The Special Needs Care Incentive for Infant/toddler will increase from $26.65 per day to $28.25.

  • The Special Needs Care Incentive for Pre-kindergarten will increase from $25.65 per day to $27.00.

  • Families that qualify for CCAP will qualify for the full Special Needs Care Incentive rate, with no state required co-pay.

  • The definition of a special needs child was changed to Children with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) or Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs).

State Board of Ed Adopts Changes to Early Ed Accountability, Coordinated Funding and Enrollment Systems

 

The June 21-22 BESE meetings covered a range of topics pertinent to early learning, including Revisions to Bulletin 140, the Coordinated Enrollment and Accountability Systems for Early Childhood Programs.

Bulletin 140- Early Ed Accountability System

The ratings of the Early Ed Accountability System will continue to be solely based on scores of the CLASS assessment performed twice a year in every publicly funded program. However, as passed by BESE, a number of changes will be made for the 2016-17 School Year, including the following:

  • Expanding the ratings from three performance rating levels to four in order to better differentiate programs that are in the middle range. The four performance rating levels will be titled: Excellent, Proficient, Approaching Proficient, and Unsatisfactory.

  • Publicly recognizing high-performing and quickly-improving programs through Honor Roll or Top Gains designations.

  • Revoking public funding from programs rated Unsatisfactory for two or more years within a three-year period.

  • Maintaining the use of third party observers’ scores on the CLASS assessment in lieu of local observers’ scores when scores differ by more than one point within the same semester, and where consistent scoring discrepancies occur (defined as more than 50% of observer scores diverge by more than one point), use only third party scores for accountability purposes.

  • Suspending a local observer for the next observation period if 50% or more of the domain level results are different by more than one point from the third party observer.In addition, if more than 20% of the domain level results are different by more than one point for the community network observer, that observer and lead agency shall be issued a notice in writing by the state regarding their level of accuracy, and if more than 33% of the domain level results are different by more than one point for the community network observer, that observer shall be shadow scored by another community network observer in the next observation period.

  • Changing the metrics that will be reported on the Performance Profiles.

  • Conducting an implementation evaluation of the system, contingent on available funding.

  • Requiring LDE to explore critical data elements being collected by other states, seek recommendations from the Early Childhood Advisory Council, and present a report on the findings to BESE no later than January 2017.

  • Requiring LDE also to explore additional potential components for the Accountability System (in addition to CLASS) and report on these to BESE no later than January 2017.

  • Reviewing each year and in collaboration with the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council, the results of the accountability system, including but not limited to the performance of programs on each domain of the CLASS, how the performance profile ratings are calculated, and the observer reliability substitution rates, and recommend any improvements.

 

In addition, LDE has announced it will:

Prioritize the delivery of quality improvement supports to programs rated Unsatisfactory (less than 3.0 overall CLASS average scores) and programs rated Approaching Proficient (3-4.99).

 

Bulletin 140—Coordinated Funding and Enrollment Systems

The Coordinated Funding and Enrollment Systems will remain essentially the same, however, changes as passed by BESE:

  • Requiring the Lead Agencies to submit the Coordinated Funding Requests to LDE by December 1st, instead of March 1st.

  • Requiring the Lead Agencies to set forth in the Network’s Coordinate Funding Requests a specific process and specific criteria that were used to determine who got what publicly funded slots as part of the request was determined.

  • Requiring Lead Agencies to report how family choices resulted in the Coordinated Enrollment process (i.e. how many families got their 1st choice for example).

 

Bulletin 140 was adopted as an Emergency Rule, so it is effective immediately.