RESOLUTION ON SCHOOL CALENDARS
WHEREAS, the State Department of Education establishes a calendar of assessments for all schools in Alabama with dissemination occurring at least one year in advance of any administration of an assessment; and
WHEREAS, some school calendars adopted at the local school system level identify days schools will not be in session during some portion of one or more assessments identified in the calendar which causes some local school systems to request waivers to administer the assessments outside the announced assessment calendar time frame; and
WHEREAS, granting waivers to local school systems causes the Department of Education to incur additional costs from assessment companies and causes delays in receiving assessment results that can be disseminated to local school systems; and
WHEREAS, once assessment results are received and disseminated, parents and guardians of public school students wish to meet with local school personnel to discuss results and local school personnel wish to discuss assessments and other issues with parents and guardians:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama Board of Education does hereby adopt the policy of refusing to grant waivers to local school systems effective with the 2003-2004 school year for rescheduling assessments required by the Department of Education during a period outside the announced assessment calendar except under extreme and emergency situations; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Alabama Board of Education supports the concept of a Statewide Parenting Day dedicated to interaction between educators and parents/guardians regarding students’ performances on state assessments, local assessments, classroom activities, discipline, and myriad other topics associated with improving each student’s education and therefore does hereby adopt the policy of each local school system in Alabama conducting a Parenting Day beginning with the 2003-2004 school year within a two-week period following the end of the first grading period within the local school systems; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Alabama Board of Education hereby creates a committee to be composed of parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, local school board members, business and industry representatives, and others to study the feasibility of adopting a standard school calendar for Alabama’s public schools and return recommendations t the State Superintendent of Education and Alabama Board of Education no later than July 1, 2003.