District eyes foster youth data shar­ing

Abil­ity to share in­for­ma­tion crit­i­cal be­cause of its im­por­tance to fund­ing for­mula, ac­cord­ing to school of­fi­cials

The Signal - - FRONT PAGE - By Bren­non Dix­son Sig­nal Staff Writer

The Ne­whall School District ap­proved a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing on Tues­day to al­low the district to share foster youth data with the Los An­ge­les County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion, or LACOE.

Ne­whall of­fi­cials hope the move proves to be a sig­nif­i­cant step, in light of the state’s re­cent fo­cus on fos­tered youth.

“Main­tain­ing a com­pre­hen­sive data-shar­ing pro­gram with (LACOE) helps us en­sure that we are mus­ter­ing ev­ery avail­able re­sources for the foster stu­dents NSD serves,” said Christy Smith, gov­ern­ing board mem­ber for the Ne­whall School District, after the meet­ing.

“The pur­pose of the agree­ment is to sup­port the data-shar­ing ef­forts be­tween all school dis­tricts within Los An­ge­les County—specif­i­cally to ini­tially share foster youth in­for­ma­tion,” the agenda notes. “The abil­ity to share in­for­ma­tion for foster youth pop­u­la­tion is par­tic­u­larly crit­i­cal at this mo­ment,” be­cause of its im­por­tance to the Lo­cal Con­trol Fund­ing For­mula, which de­ter­mines school fund­ing.

“One of LACOE’s iden­ti­fied state pri­or­i­ties, to be de­vel­oped through the LCAP, is to co­or­di­nate ser­vices,” the doc­u­ment reads, which in­cludes, among other ac­tions, work­ing with the county child wel­fare agency to share in­for­ma­tion.

Cur­rently, Ne­whall has 20 stu­dents in the district who met the def­i­ni­tion of foster youth, ac­cord­ing to EdData.

The stu­dent data that is ex­pected to be shared will in­clude in­for­ma­tion on de­mo­graphic, school en­roll­ment his­tory, cur­rent cour­ses, tran­script, at­ten­dance, CAHSEE test re­sults, STAR or CST test re­sults, elec­tronic cu­mu­la­tive fold­ers and bilin­gual iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials.

All par­tic­i­pat­ing in­sti­tu­tions will main­tain the con­fi­den­tial­ity of any and all stu­dent data ex­changed, the MOU states. “The ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions that choose to par­tic­i­pate in this MOU de­sire to eval­u­ate and im­prove their re­spec­tive ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams through the abil­ity to iden­tify and sup­port stu­dent pop­u­la­tions to achieve op­ti­mal aca­demic per­for­mance.”

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