Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Class Size Reduction and Professional Development Guidance (Title II, Part A)

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Public School Accountability
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Every Student Succeeds Act
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Principals

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 requires that when using Title II, Part A funds for professional development and class size reduction, a State Education Agency (SEA), Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), may require a Local Education Agency (LEA) to only use Title II, Part A funds on evidence-based activities.

ADE will move forward on class size reduction in the following way:

  • 2018-2019 school year: a district will be required to show on a spreadsheet in Indistar that it is using its Title II, Part A funds for class size reduction in Grades K-3. The LEA must also explain how much it is reducing the student/teacher ratio with the goal of moving to a ratio of no greater than 17:1 for the 2019-2020 school year. A district that seeks to use its Title II, Part A funds for class size reduction for positions outside of Grades K-3 must submit to the ADE a rationale that includes a well-defined logic model or theory of action supported by research and a description of the effort(s) underway by the LEA or outside research organization to determine their effectiveness.
  • 2019-2020 school year: a district will use the spreadsheet in Indistar to show that it has reduced all class sizes where Title II, Part A funds are used in K-3 to no greater than a 17:1 student/teacher ratio.

To utilize Title II, Part A funds for professional development, the professional development must include the following features and be evidence-based:

1.     Content Focused;

2.     Incorporate active learning utilizing adult learning theories;

3.     Supports collaboration, typically in job-embedded contexts;

4.     Uses models and modeling of effective practice;

5.     Provides coaching and expert support;

6.     Offers opportunities for feedback and reflection; and

7.     Is of sustained duration.

Information for best practices and resources for using evidence can be found on the What Works Clearinghouse website and the attached document on this memo.

Your plans for professional development activities must be clearly outlined in your Title II, Part A application in Indistar.

Any questions may be directed to Rick Green, Program Administrator, Arkansas Department of Education or 501-682-4373.


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