Board of education Testimony

SEAC provided the following testimony to the Board of Education on policies and items in the Department’s budget affecting students with disabilities (listed by most recent to oldest):

September 5, 2017 (PDF):  Testimony to the Board of Education Student Achievement Committee regarding amendments to Hawaii’s State ESSA Plan

August 1, 2017 (PDF): Testimony to the Board of Education Student Achievement Committee regarding School-based Health Services and Chronic Absenteeism

July 18, 2017 (PDF):  Testimony to the Board of Education Human Resources Committee regarding DOE’s presentation on partnership with the University of Hawaii College of Education to “Grow Our Own” teachers

June 6, 2017 (PDF):  Testimony to the Board of Education General Business Meeting regarding the State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

April 4, 2017 (PDF):  Testimony to the Board of Education Student Achievement Committee regarding ESSA impacts on school accountability

March 21, 2017 (PDF):   Testimony to the Board of Education Finance and Infrastructure Committee on an Update of the DOE’s 2017-19 Fiscal Biennium Budget Request:  House Committee on Finance decisions

February 21, 1017 (PDF):  Testimony to the Board of Education Human Resources Committee regarding DOE’s presentation on Every Student Succeeds Act Impacts on Teacher Content Qualifications

February 7, 2017 (PDF): Testimony to the Board of Education Student Achievement Committee  regarding the DOE presentation on special education inclusion.

February 7, 2017 (PDF): Testimony to the Board of Education Student Achievement Committee regarding the presentation on ESSA Impacts on School Accountability.

February 7, 2017 (PDF):  Testimony to the Board of Education Audit Committee regarding the Internal Audit report on Student Assessment Administration.

December 6, 2016 (PDF):  Testimony to the Board of Education General Meeting regarding the Department’s final draft of the BOE/DOE Joint Strategic Plan.

October 18, 2016 (PDF):  Testimony to the Board of Education General Meeting regarding the Department’s draft of the BOE/DOE Joint Strategic Plan.
October 18, 2016 Attachment (Word):  SEAC recommendations regarding the draft wording of the Strategic Plan objectives.

October 4, 2016 (PDF):  Testimony to the Finance and Infrastructure Committee regarding the Department of Education’s proposed biennium budget for 2017-19.

July 19, 2016 (PDF):  Testimony to the Board of Education General Meeting regarding the Department’s response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) proposed regulations.

April 5, 2016 (PDF):  Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee on special education inclusion in the Department of Education

March 1, 2016 (PDF):  Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee on the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”) transition on revisions to Strive HI Performance System for 2015-2016 School Year

February 2, 2016  (PDF):  Testimony to the Audit Committee regarding the Special Education Program Internal Audit Report

January 19, 2016 (PDF):  Testimony to the Human Resources Committee regarding the Office of Human Resources Delivery Plan

December 1, 2015-Climate (PDF):  Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee regarding the Department’s proposed implementation plan of the Boards policy on School Climate and Discipline

December 1, 2015-SBA (PDF):  Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee regarding the Department’s presentation on high needs group achievement on the 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment

October 20, 2015 (PDF): Testimony to the Human Resources Committee regarding special education staffing vacancies

October 5, 2015 (PDF):  Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee regarding the Comprehensive Student Support System policy

August 1, 2015 (PDF):  Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee regarding the policy on School Climate and Discipline

June 2, 2015 (PDF):  Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee regarding further revisions for a Family and Community Engagement/Partnerships policy

May 19, 2015 (PDF):  Testimony to the Finance and Infrastructure Committee regarding a proposed policy on summer school

May 5, 2015 (PDF):  Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee regarding a proposed policy on school climate and discipline

March 17, 2015 (PDF): Testimony to the General Business Meeting regarding the Department’s request for a ESEA Waiver Renewal

March 17, 2015 (PDF):  Testimony to the Human Resources Committee regarding a proposed special education allocation reduction

March 17, 2015 (PDF:  Testimony to the Finance and Infrastructure Committee regarding recommendations for a Family-School Partnership Policy

March 3, 2015 (PDF):  Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee requesting time to discuss policies on special education, inclusion and the Comprehensive Student Support System

January 20, 2015 (PDF): Testimony to the Finance and Infrastructure Committee regarding the policy audit and SEAC’s priorities for further input

January 20, 2015 (PDF): Testimony to the Student Achievement Committee regarding the policy audit and SEAC’s priorities for further input

December 2, 2014 (PDF) : Testimony to the Board of Education on the amendment to the graduation requirements policy regarding its applicability to special education students

September 12, 2014 (PDF): Testimony to the Board of Education on the implementation of the Department’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015

August 19, 2014 (PDF): Testimony to the Board of Education over Proposed Budget Restrictions on EDN 150 Funding

Authentic Assessments

Many students with disabilities do poorly on standardized assessments due to a myriad of factors, including the inability to read at grade level.  Authentic assessments (also called performance assessments) attempt to demonstrate what a student actually learns in class rather than the student’s proficiency on traditional assessments.  Below are some resources to provide more background information.

West Ed Reports and Recommendations

The WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention is a nationally recognized nonprofit research and development agency aimed at improving educational outcomes for children, youth and adults.  Between 2010 and 2012, the Department of Education contracted with WestEd to study Hawaii’s special education delivery system and make recommendations for improvement.  SEAC agreed with the initial findings and recommendations contained in the 2011 report, as well as WestEd’s suggestions for redesigning the system contained in the 2012 report, and has urged the Department over a number of years to implement these needed reforms.

September 22, 2011 Initial Report

December 27, 2012 Final WestEd Report

April 10, 2015 Legislative Briefing Notice

SEAC’s Powerpoint Presentation at the April 10, 2015 Legislative Briefing

DOE’s Powerpoint Presentation at the April 10, 2015 Legislative Briefing