Secondary Education Council - Deb Rowe, Region 7 State Representative

posted Jan 14, 2017, 1:22 PM by ACSA Region 7   [ updated Jan 15, 2017, 5:18 PM ]
The ACSA Secondary Education Council met on January 12, 2017, to study issues and recommend practice or policy that will lead to quality programs in high school. Senate Bill 178: Electronic devices search warrant were discussed. Sacramento legislators will soon carry a bill forward to protect school searches of electronic devices. Currently, the bill requires a warrant for anyone who wishes to search a phone. Laura Preston, ACSA Legislative Advocate, requested examples or stories on how a search of electronic devices has helped an investigation at your school, she is looking for parents or students who would be willing to share their experiences.

State accountability shows that Academic indicators will impact elementary education but not secondary education, the indicators that will be used on Secondary accountability will be the college and career readiness, graduation rate, suspension rate, Schools or districts with 30% or more EL students (ELPAC next year), and the Healthy Kids Survey may be used. The state is looking for students who are making progress on the various levels, the information will be given to schools in a dashboard format, CalPads will provide data at the central office level. Districts/Schools need to begin communicating this information with their community, the new dashboard needs to become a part of LCAP stakeholder conversations. The schools that are in danger of participating in state-mandated interventions are those high schools with a graduation rate lower than 67%.

What steps are you taking to address diversity challenges on your campus? The SEC recommends the following ideas: Choose a book study with your staff with these books: As Diversity Grows, So Must We by Gary R. Howard or Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele then show their videos from Youtube or Vimeo as follow-up for staff development. Encourage students to begin a group whose focus is action based research, then review their findings. Participate in the ACSA Education Equity Academy. Provide an opportunity for staff and students to share personal stories on inequity from their own lives at a staff meeting. As Mr. Howards shared, “Of all factors that determine success for our students, changing ourselves has the most influence.”

Career Technical Education credentials pose a challenge for single subject credentialed teachers, the ACSA CTE Council is working to make changes to ease the process, if you have examples of how your teachers have hit roadblocks in this process please share your stories with us. To help students reach their career goals CalCRN offers many free services including the California Career Zone a free student career surveys as well as other career development resources. Visit their website for free career lesson plans that serve grades 5 through 12. Please share your questions, comments or stories related to this article with Deb Rowe at

Deb Rowe, Principal
James C. Enochs High School
3201 Sylvan Ave., Modesto, 95355