Program Improvement - Public School Choice

PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT – SCHOOL CHOICE

All 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).

The ESEA requires all states to implement statewide accountability systems based on challenging state standards in reading and mathematics, annual testing for all students in grades three through eight, and annual statewide progress objectives ensuring that all groups of students reach proficiency within twelve years. Assessment results are disaggregated by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, disability, and limited English proficiency to ensure that no group is left behind. 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 years. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) California is not advancing the PI status of schools and LEAs until the new assessment system is fully implemented. Therefore, Hesperia Unified and its schools have the same PI status as they did for the 2012/13 school year.

Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), PI schools and LEAs are responsible for implementing certain federal and state requirements during each year they are in PI. These vary, based on the PI year and whether the entity is a school or LEA.

Two Hesperia Unified School District schools continue to be identified as PI Year 1 schools. They failed to meet their AYP for two years in a row. Because of this identification, there is a requirement to offer School Choice. This means parents have a right to request their student be transported to a school that is not in PI.

Three Hesperia Unified School District schools continue to be identified as PI Year 2 schools. They failed to meet their AYP for three years in a row. Because of this identification, there is a requirement to offer School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services. This means parents have a right to request their student be transported to a school that is not in PI and students not performing at grade level will have the opportunity to participate in outside tutoring services.

Six Hesperia Unified School District schools continue to be identified as PI Year 3 schools. They failed to meet their AYP for four years in a row. Because of this identification, there is a requirement to offer School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services. This means parents have a right to request their student be transported to a school that is not in PI and students not performing at grade level will have the opportunity to participate in outside tutoring services. Also, these schools have now entered into Corrective Action. Steps are being taken by the County, District and Site to improve curriculum, instruction and student performance. The steps include fully implementing a new curriculum based on scientific research and reorganizing the instructional schedule of the school day.

Four Hesperia Unified School District schools continue to be identified as PI Year 4 schools. They failed to meet their AYP for five years in a row. Because of this identification, there is a requirement to offer School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services. This means parents have a right to request their student be transported to a school that is not in PI and students not performing at grade level will have the opportunity to participate in outside tutoring services. Also, these schools have now entered into Corrective Action. Steps are being taken by the County, District and Site to improve curriculum, instruction and student performance. The steps include fully implementing a new curriculum based on scientific research and reorganizing the instructional schedule of the school day.

Two Hesperia Unified School District schools continue to be identified as PI Year 5 schools. They failed to meet their AYP for six years in a row. Because of this identification, there is a requirement to offer School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services. This means parents have a right to request their student be transported to a school that is not in PI and students not performing at grade level will have the opportunity to participate in outside tutoring services. Also, these schools have now entered into Corrective Action. Steps are being taken by the County, District and Site to improve curriculum, instruction and student performance. The steps include fully implementing a new curriculum based on scientific research and reorganizing the instructional schedule of the school day.

For more information please contact Valerie Turpen, Director, Elementary Education and Categorical Programs at (760) 244-4411 x7235 or by email at valerie.turpen@hesperiausd.org.

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