The State Board put out for public comment a draft rule revision regarding the placement of districts on Academic Distress. The draft plan would initially cite the bottom 5 percent of districts in the state as calculated using standardized test data. Kimbrell said the ADE is evaluating how the agency would provide the resources to help districts that need it. He said colleges and educational co-ops are possible vehicles to help the ADE with the task. He said the ADE will have to think outside the box because the political climate won’t allow him to add staff. ”Let’s get the community and the state talking about it and we’ll work out the best rule we can,” Kimbrell said.