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Program Improvment

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).

This law requires LEAs to adopt grade-level standards, use the most effective methods and instructional strategies for teaching children, and assess their progress each year as mandated by the State. 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. Schools that did not make “adequate yearly progress (AYP)” on the STAR test for two consecutive years are identified as “Program Improvement” schools by the California Department of Education.

Once a school has been identified, the district is required by law to provide parents with several options to assist their students academically.  One of these options is called School Choice.

On March 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education approved California’s testing waiver for certain statutory and regulatory requirements of Title I, Part A of the ESEA. A one-year waiver was granted that allows flexibility in making AYP determinations for schools and local educational agencies participating in the Smarter Balanced assessment field test.

CDE did not produce a 2014 AYP report for elementary and middle schools and elementary and unified school districts. Therefore, the PI status for elementary and middle schools and unified school districts did not change. For 2015, CDE changed the AYP criteria for the year in order to produce an AYP.  Below is the criteria:

  • • Requirement 1: Participation Rate 95
  •  Requirement 2: Attendance Rate as an Additional Indicator (if applicable) 90%
  •  Requirement 3: Graduation Rate as an Additional Indicator (if applicable) 90%

Only schools and LEAs that met all AYP criteria for two reporting cycles (i.e., 2014 and 2015 AYP for high schools and high school LEAs; 2013 and 2015 AYP for all other schools and LEAs) may exit PI at the end of 2014–15.



CA Department of Education: Program Improvement

Contains descriptions of regulations and terminology, status determinations, requirements and resources available to schools determined to be in Program Improvement.

Supplemental Educational Services - Available at schools in Program Improvement in Year 2 or more.