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EDUCATION CODE
SECTION 10600-10610



10600.  (a) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this
chapter to make complete, current, and reliable information relating
to education available to the Legislature and to all public
educational agencies in California at maximum efficiency and economy
through statewide compatibility in the development and application of
information systems and electronic data-processing techniques
insofar as they relate to data required in reports to the department.
   (b) It is the further intent of the Legislature to recognize the
importance, and enhance the stature, of the education profession
throughout the state.
   (c) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
   (1) According to recent studies, there is a shortage of qualified
teachers, particularly in the areas of special education, English
language acquisition and development, mathematics, and science,
throughout California.
   (2) In order for California to remain competitive in the global
economy, the Legislature recognizes the necessity of continuing to
support the recruitment of individuals to the teaching profession and
effective teacher preparation and professional development programs.
The Legislature also recognizes the importance of quality
instruction to the academic achievement of pupils and of providing
each pupil in the public schools with instruction by a highly
qualified teacher.
   (3) State and local policymakers, local educational agencies,
teachers, parents, and pupils all need reliable information regarding
participation in the teacher workforce, teacher movement between
schools and school districts, the departure of teachers from the
workforce before retirement, the appropriateness of teacher
assignments, and the effectiveness of teacher credentialing,
preparation, induction, recruitment, and support, and would benefit
from the availability of more extensive information regarding the
teaching profession.
   (4) Data regarding the teacher workforce is currently collected
and maintained by numerous state and local educational agencies. In
order for the Legislature to fulfill its intent in enacting this
chapter, it is necessary to integrate the data collected by those
existing data systems to provide an understanding of the teacher
workforce in the state and the effectiveness of teacher preparation
programs. For purposes of integrating data regarding the teacher
workforce in the state, Item 6110-001-0890 of Section 2.00 of the
Budget Act of 2005 (Chapter 38 of the Statutes of 2005) appropriated
funds for the department to contract for a teacher data system
feasibility study to determine the feasibility of converting existing
data systems into an integrated, comprehensive, longitudinally
linked teacher information system that can yield high-quality program
evaluations.
   (5) It is important that policymakers and teacher candidates have
access to information on the quality of teacher preparation programs.
It is also the intent of the Legislature that the quality indicators
include the extent to which teachers are prepared to work
effectively with all pupils, including, but not necessarily limited
to, English language learners, special education pupils, and
socioeconomically disadvantaged pupils.
   (6) It is the intent of the Legislature that, as the California
Education Information System is implemented over time, access to
public information already available on various measures of the
quality of teacher preparation programs be available in electronic
format and be accessible to the extent practicable through
downloadable pages and reports accessible to the public in a
consolidated manner.
   (d) It is the intent of the Legislature that the vital goals
described in this section be accomplished through the establishment
of a comprehensive state education data information system in the
department that includes information regarding the teacher workforce.



10601.  (a) There has been developed by the department the
California Education Information System, hereinafter in this chapter
called "the system." The function of the system is to establish,
conduct, and by continuous concern keep up to date a basic,
integrated, statewide information system for education.
   (b) The system includes both of the following:
   (1) The California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
pursuant to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 60900) of Part 33,
which maintains pupil data regarding demographic, program
participation, enrollment, and statewide assessments, in addition to
data contained in the California Basic Educational Data System,
including certificated staff information collected through the
Professional Assignment Information Form prepared by the department.
   (2) The California Longitudinal Teacher Integrated Data Education
System developed pursuant to Section 10601.5, which enables analysis
of workforce trends, evaluation of teacher preparation programs, and
the monitoring of teacher assignments. The California Longitudinal
Teacher Integrated Data Education System shall maintain data
regarding the certificated workforce that is not maintained in the
California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System and consolidate
data that is collected by state agencies and local educational
agencies.
   (c) Data elements and codes included in the system shall be
maintained in compliance with all of the following:
   (1) Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Section 49060) of Part 27 and any
regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
   (2) Section 49602.
   (3) Section 56347.
   (4) The Information Practices Act of 1977 (Chapter 1 (commencing
with Section 1798) of Title 1.8 of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil
Code).
   (5) The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
(20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g) and any federal regulations adopted pursuant
thereto.
   (6) Any other applicable federal or state law that can be
interpreted as protecting the privacy and confidentiality of
individual pupils or certificated personnel.
   (d) The department shall adopt regulations to implement this
section.


10601.5.  (a) The department, in collaboration with the Commission
on Teacher Credentialing, shall contract for the development of a
teacher data system to be known as the California Longitudinal
Teacher Integrated Data Education System that is based on the results
of the teacher data system feasibility study conducted pursuant to
Item 6110-001-0890 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act of 2005 (Chapter
38 of the Statutes of 2005). The purpose of the California
Longitudinal Teacher Integrated Data Education System is to
streamline processes, improve the efficiency of data collection by
the department, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and the
Employment Development Department, and improve the quality of data
collected from local educational agencies and teacher preparation
programs. The California Longitudinal Teacher Integrated Data
Education System shall be developed and implemented in accordance
with all state rules and regulations governing information technology
projects.
   (b) The California Longitudinal Teacher Integrated Data Education
System shall serve as the central state repository of information
regarding the teacher workforce in the state for purposes of
developing and reviewing state policy, identifying workforce trends,
and identifying future needs regarding the teaching workforce. It
shall also serve to provide high-quality program evaluations,
including evaluation of the effectiveness of teacher preparation and
induction, and to help improve professional development programs.
Additionally, it shall promote the efficient monitoring of teacher
assignments as required by state and federal law.
   (c) The California Longitudinal Teacher Integrated Data Education
System shall not include the names, social security numbers, home
addresses, telephone numbers, or e-mail addresses of individual
teachers.
   (d) Data in the California Longitudinal Teacher Integrated Data
Education System shall not be used in violation of any federal or
state law that is intended to protect an individual's right to
privacy or the confidentiality of an individual's personal
information.
   (e) The system shall be used to accomplish all of the following
goals:
   (1) Provide a means to evaluate all of the following:
   (A) The effectiveness of teacher preparation programs, including,
but not limited to, traditional fifth-year programs, university
internship programs, and district-sponsored internship programs.
   (B) Teacher workforce issues, including mobility, retention, and
attrition.
   (2) Streamline and improve the effectiveness and timeliness of
assignment monitoring as required by the federal No Child Left Behind
Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.) and by state law.
   (3) Enable local educational agencies to monitor teacher
assignments on demand.
   (f) For purposes of implementing this chapter, including the
legislative intent expressed in subdivision (b) of Section 10600, the
system shall include all of the following information:
   (1) Age profiles of teachers in the workforce.
   (2) Projections of the number of retirees in the education system
over the next 10 years throughout the state.
   (3) Identification of subject matter fields that have the severest
shortage of teachers.
   (4) Geographic distribution of teachers by credential type.
   (5) Present patterns of in-service education for teachers.
    (g) The Commission on Teacher Credentialing and accredited
teacher preparation programs shall participate in the system by
providing available data regarding enrollment in credential programs,
credentials issued in each specialization, and certificated persons
in each specialty who are not employed in education, and by
collaborating with the department in the design and preparation of
periodic reports of teacher supply and demand in each specialty and
in each geographic region of the state.
   (h) The California Longitudinal Teacher Integrated Data Education
System shall do all of the following:
   (1) Utilize and maximize use of existing teacher databases.
   (2) Maintain longitudinally linked data without including the
names of teachers.
   (3) Comply with all state and federal confidentiality and privacy
laws.
    (i) The Superintendent shall convene a working group to provide
advice and guidance on the development and implementation of the
system. The group shall include, but is not limited to,
representatives from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the
Department of Finance, the Secretary for Education, the Legislative
Analyst's Office, the Employment Development Department, and
representatives of local educational agencies, postsecondary
educational institutions, researchers, teachers, administrators, and
parents.
    (j) The operation of the California Longitudinal Teacher
Integrated Data Education System is contingent upon the appropriation
of funds for purposes of this section in the annual Budget Act or
other legislation.


10601.6.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, data in the
California Education Information System, solely or in conjunction
with data from any other data system, may be used by local
educational agencies for purposes of evaluating teachers and
administrators and making employment decisions, only if these
decisions comply with Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 3540) of
Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code.



10602.  In maintaining the system, the department shall:
   (a) Consult and cooperate with school districts, county
superintendents, advisory committees on integrated data processing,
task forces for implementing the utilization of a statewide
information system, intergovernmental boards on electronic data
processing and state electronic data processing policy committees
created by statute or by executive order of the Governor.
   (b) Cooperate with the Educational Management and Evaluation
Commission in all matters relating to program budgeting.



10603.  The department may consult and cooperate with public and
private agencies and with educators and information specialists at
the district, county, regional, state, and national levels.
   The department may enter into nonexclusive licenses with public
and private agencies within or outside of the state to permit the use
of the copyrighted system and may contract with such agencies to
perform any of the functions set forth in this article.



10604.  School districts maintaining kindergarten or any grade of
grades 1 through 12, county superintendents of schools, and the
department shall:
   (a) Cooperate and consult in the joint conduct of the system.
   (b) Coordinate information-processing activities to preclude
duplication of the developmental and operational aspects of the
system.
   (c) Conduct educational information-processing activities in
accordance with regulations of the State Board of Education adopted
pursuant to this chapter.



10606.  The department shall, among other things:
   (a) Develop for statewide educational use standards for:
   (1) Coding structures.
   (2) Common data base.
   (3) File layout and design.
   (4) Flow charts.
   (5) Identification of data items.
   (6) Input documentation and formats.
   (7) Output report formats, including those required by local,
county, state, and federal agencies.
   (8) Procedural manuals.
   (9) Terminology.
   (10) Other relevant material.
   (b) Make available, without charge, to school districts, county
superintendents, and other public agencies the system components,
described in subdivision (a), as they are completed.
   (c) Identify centers to develop or demonstrate the appropriate use
of the system and the system's procedures, those districts, county
superintendents, and other public agencies that are successfully
using the various components of the system.
   (d) Establish safeguards to assure only appropriate access to
confidential information.
   (e) Disseminate information about the system, and its use and
availability.
   (f) Adopt regulations to implement this chapter.




10607.  The regulations adopted pursuant to Section 10606 shall,
among other things:
   (a) Require that the department and school districts use the
system's standard terminology and formats specified in Section 10606
as the basis for all reports and other data specified in this code
and related administrative codes.
   (b) Provide departmental coordination in order to preclude costly
duplication of the developmental and operational aspects of
materials, equipment, programming, systems and procedures.
   (c) Recognize that wise and appropriate use of automatic
data-processing technology need not be restricted by school district
or other boundaries.



10608.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a school
district or county office of education shall not be required to
comply with a requirement in any other section of this code that
information be reported to the State Department of Education with
regard to information that is reported to the department under the
CBEDS report. For purposes of this section, "CBEDS report" means the
report that is transmitted by public educational agencies to the
State Department of Education for purposes of the California Basic
Education Data System and includes the information reported under
this chapter, and other information relating to school staff and
pupil enrollment. However, the Legislature recognizes that there are
circumstances when more timely information is necessary prior to the
annual CBEDS collection. Under this condition, the State Department
of Education may require the districts and county offices of
education to provide the necessary information.



10609.  The department may accept federal or other funds for the
purpose of financing activities pursuant to this article. School
districts and county offices of education may assign to the
department funds or other resources which may be identified in their
budgets for planning, developing, or coordinating activities related
to this article.



10610.  The State Board of Education shall make recommendations to
the Legislature as the state board deems appropriate concerning
appropriate or necessary legislation related to this article.