SENATE BILL REPORT
As Passed Senate, February 13, 2006
Title: An act relating to improving student performance through student-centered planning.
Brief Description: Improving student performance through student-centered planning.
Sponsors: Senate Committee on Early Learning, K-12 & Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Eide and McAuliffe).
Committee Activity: Early Learning, K-12 & Higher Education: 1/13/06, 1/16/06 [DPS-WM].
Ways & Means: 1/31/06, 2/6/06 [DPS(EKHE), w/oRec].
Passed Senate: 2/13/06, 45-1.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EARLY LEARNING, K-12 & HIGHER EDUCATION
Majority Report: That Substitute Senate Bill No. 6255 be substituted therefor, and the
substitute bill be referred to Committee on Ways & Means.
Signed by Senators McAuliffe, Chair; Pridemore, Vice Chair, Higher Education; Weinstein, Vice Chair, Early Learning & K-12; Schmidt, Ranking Minority Member; Benton, Berkey, Carrell, Delvin, Eide, Kohl-Welles, Pflug, Rasmussen, Rockefeller, Schoesler and Shin.
Staff: Ingrid Mungia (786-7423)
SENATE COMMITTEE ON WAYS & MEANS
Majority Report: That Substitute Senate Bill No. 6255 as recommended by Committee on Early Learning, K-12 & Higher Education be substituted therefor, and the substitute bill do pass.Signed by Senators Prentice, Chair; Fraser, Vice Chair, Capital Budget Chair; Doumit, Vice Chair, Operating Budget; Brandland, Fairley, Kohl-Welles, Pridemore, Rasmussen, Regala, Roach, Rockefeller, Schoesler and Thibaudeau.
Minority Report: That it be referred without recommendation.Signed by Senators Zarelli, Ranking Minority Member; Parlette and Pflug.
Staff: Bryon Moore (786-7726)
Background: The Franklin Pierce school district developed a program designed to motivate students for higher performance and provide more academic guidance. During the past two school years (2003-2005), other districts have voluntarily adopted this program. The program is interspersed with all students' regular schedules and provides students with planning skills, career exploration opportunities, and portfolio development. Students lead annual conferences with their parents and a mentor-teacher. At the annual conferences, students explain their past performance and make future plans. The district sets its annual class schedule after students make their course selections.
Summary of Bill: The Legislature encourages each middle school, junior high, and high school to implement a comprehensive guidance and planning program. The purpose of the program is to:
Fiscal Note: Available.
Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Testimony For: This program is based on the Franklin Pierce School District, Navigation 101 model. It is important for students to have a plan at the beginning of a school year and follow through to the end of the year. This gives students another tool to succeed. The Workforce Board has used federal money in the past to replicate this program. There are about 33 schools in the state that are using the curriculum. The impact of this program goes way beyond what you think it could. This program keeps kids in school. It changes the focus in the school to a customer focus. It is about helping students become what they want to become after they leave high school. I like that the program starts with students. Many schools in the state have programs similar to the one proposed and have had great success. The bill does not mandate a specific program; it allows districts to adapt a program at the local level. It allows schools to thoughtfully implement what they need in the community and what the kids need. Navigation 101 is done by the instructors and they become a mentor to a group of students the whole time they are in the building. Students learn to navigate the waters of their education. There is a role for parents and a role for the professional. The key to student success is the relationship with a highly qualified classroom teacher. There can't be a one size fits all program; there are different needs and different ways to deliver the program. The program requires staff to better understand their high school curriculum because they have to counsel students on their curriculum.
Testimony Against: None.
Who Testified: PRO: Senator Eide, prime sponsor; Wes Pruitt, Workforce Board; Don Rash, AWSP; Kyra Kestner, OSPI; Gary King, WEA; Yoshe Revelle, Global Citizen.
House Amendment(s): All middle, junior high, and high schools are encouraged to implement a
comprehensive guidance and planning program. In addition to other activities, OSPI is directed to
disseminate electronic student planning tools, a software package to analyze student performance,
and options for diagnostic assessments. If funds are available, OSPI must distribute a first round of
25 implementation grants to school districts by September 2006, and a second round of 75 grants by
January 2007. The underlying bill called for an unspecified number of grants by December 2006.
A reference is removed to OSPI rules that require grant recipients to make every effort to ensure
capacity in the courses selected by students. An expiration date of July 1, 2009, is removed. The
bill is no longer null and void without funding in the budget.
Beginning September 1, 2007, OSPI must make diagnostic assessments available to assist school districts. Beginning with the 2006-07 school year, OSPI must reimburse school districts for administering diagnostic assessments in 9th grade. This provision is null and void without funding in the budget.