What is Program Improvement?

All Title I funded schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) are identified for Program Improvement (PI) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Title I LEAs and schools that fail to make AYP toward statewide proficiency goals are subject to improvement and corrective action measures. In California, PI is the formal designation for Title I-funded schools and LEAs that fail to make AYP for two consecutive reporting cycles. Once in PI, a school or LEA that fails to make AYP will advance further in PI status.

How are schools identified?

The rules applied in determining the PI status and placement year for 2015–16 differ from former years due to California’s transition from the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessment system, which includes the new Smarter Balanced Assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. California Education Code (EC) Section 52052(e)(2)(F) prohibits the comparison of Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments results to STAR Program results.  PI determinations will be made using only the ELA and mathematics participation rates, attendance rate, and graduation rate for the 2015–16 school year. While high schools and high school LEAs normally have graduation rate as their additional AYP indicator, all schools and LEAs with grade twelve enrollment or at least one graduate in the 2013–14 graduation cohort will have graduation rate included as an indicator on their 2015 AYP report. 

Department Staff

EL and Special Programs Director
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Administrative Assistant
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Local Education Agency Plan (LEAP)

The purpose of the LEA Plan is to develop an integrated, coordinated set of actions that LEAs will take to ensure that they meet certain programmatic requirements, including student academic services designed to increase student achievement and performance, coordination of services, needs assessments, consultations, school choice, supplemental services, services to homeless students, and others as required.  

Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

During this transition year to ESSA, LEAs are not required to provide Supplemental Educational Services as previously required under ESEA.  However, to ensure a smooth transition, LEAs with schools identified in Program Improvement (PI) Year 2 and beyond must provide alternative supports to eligible students in the 2016 -17 school year.  For specific information on SUHSD's transitional plan please contact the more information visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ti/essasesfaqs.asp. 

School Choice

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new reauthorized Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and will be in effect starting the 2017-18 school year.  The 2016-17 school year will be a transition year, and states have the flexibility to require, or not require, local education agencies (LEAs) to offer Choice for 2016-17.  The state of California has chosen not to require LEAs to offer Choice.  LEAs, however, may choose to offer Choice. During this transition year, SUHSD will only provide transportation to students who previously participated in the Choice program.  For more information visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ti/schoolchoicefaqs.asp.