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Feb. 13, 2012 Board Dialogue Meeting

Review of District Policies for Calculating Grade Point Average and Class Rank

The Board of Trustees discussed the effect of new state requirements on district policies regarding the calculation of students’ class rank and grade point average. At its Aug. 22, 2011, Regular Board Meeting, the Board approved revisions to District Policies EIC(LOCAL) and EIA(LOCAL) to conform to the requirement under state law that 15 percent of a student’s course grade be determined by the student’s performance on the corresponding State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program, end-of-course exam.

In light of recent developments, including guidance from four state senators suggesting that the Commissioner of Education has the authority to delay the implementation of the “15 percent requirement” under statute governing the transition from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) assessment system to the STAAR program, Superintendent Carstarphen said she is considering a recommendation that the Board revise its policies to return to previous versions that did not include EOC performance in the calculation of student grades.

Dr. Carstarphen emphasized that the statute requiring the implementation of STAAR has not changed, and that the Board will be called upon to revisit the two policies once the state requirements are fully implemented, following a possible one-year deferral.

Naming of New Early Childhood Center

The Trustees discussed issues related to the naming of the district’s New Early Childhood Center.  The Board expects to take action on a name by the April 23 Regular Board Meeting.   

Policy Update

Director of Inter-governmental Relations and Policy Oversight Christy Rome presented proposed revisions to district policies resulting from changes in state law enacted during the 2011 legislative session.  

Governance Pertaining to the AISD/Charters Compact

Trustees discussed a District/Charters Collaboration Compact, which the Board approved in Nov. 2011. The Gates Foundation has provided start-up funding to support a collaborative between the district and local charters. A news conference announcing the collaborative is tentatively scheduled for later this month.

The Trustees will convene for the next Regular Board Meeting on Feb. 27, 2012.