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Title I Program Improvement Districts   

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Whenever the district is notified that it is identified for program improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the district shall complete all of the following actions:

1. Promptly notify parents/guardians of each district student regarding the district's program improvement status, the reasons for the identification, and how parents/guardians can participate in upgrading the quality of the district's programs. The notification shall be in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents/guardians can understand. (20 USC 6316)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

2. Conduct a self-assessment using materials and criteria based on current research and provided by the California Department of Education (Education Code 52055.57)

3. No later than 90 days after the district is identified for program improvement, contract with a county office of education or another external entity after working with the County Superintendent of Schools, for all of the following purposes: (Education Code 52055.57)

a. Verifying the fundamental teaching and learning needs in district schools as determined by the self-assessment and identifying the specific academic problems of low-achieving students, including a determination as to why the prior district Title I plan failed to increase student academic achievement

b. Ensuring that the district receives intensive support and expertise to implement reform initiatives in the district's Title I plan

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

4. Within three months after the district's identification for program improvement, develop or revise the district's Title I plan in consultation with parents/guardians, school staff, and others. This plan shall reflect the findings of the self-assessment and shall: (20 USC 6316; 34 CFR 200.52; Education Code 52055.57)

a. Incorporate scientifically-based research strategies that will strengthen the core academic program in district schools

b. Identify actions that have the greatest likelihood of improving student achievement in meeting the state's academic achievement standards

c. Address the professional development needs of the instructional staff by committing to spending at least 10 percent of the district's allocation of Title I, Part A, funds for professional development

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

d. Include specific measurable achievement goals and targets for each of the student subgroups identified pursuant to 20 USC 6311, especially those that did not make adequate yearly progress

e. Address the fundamental teaching and learning needs in the district's schools and the specific academic problems of low-achieving students, including a determination of why the district's prior plan failed to bring about increased student academic achievement

f. Incorporate, as appropriate, student learning activities before school, after school, during the summer, and during any extension of the school year

(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)

(cf. 6177 - Summer School)

(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)

g. Specify the responsibilities of the district and the state under the plan, including the district's fiscal responsibilities under 20 USC 6321 and the technical assistance to be provided by the state

h. Include strategies to promote effective parent/guardian involvement in district schools

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

5. After working with the County Superintendent of Schools or an external verifier, contract with an external provider to provide support and implement recommendations to assist the district in resolving shortcomings identified in the verified self-assessment (Education Code 52055.57)

6. The district shall implement the Title I plan expeditiously, but not later than the beginning of the next school year after the school year in which the district administered the assessments that resulted in its identification for program improvement. (20 USC 6316; 34 CFR 200.52; Education Code 52055.57)

The district shall exit program improvement status when it makes adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years. If the district fails to make adequate yearly progress by the end of the second year in program improvement, it shall be subject to corrective actions determined by the State Board of Education. (20 USC 6316; 34 CFR 200.53; Education Code 52055.57)


approved: May 13, 2008 Santa Ynez, California