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Westwood USD |  BP  0520.4  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

Quality Education Investment Schools   

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The Board of Trustees believes that schools demonstrating the lowest performance on state indicators of student achievement should be assisted with additional resources and support focused on instructional improvement and student services. Such schools also need working conditions and learning environments that will attract and retain well-qualified teachers, administrators, and other staff. The Board desires to help such schools address their complex educational needs and achieve their annual growth targets.

Whenever the Superintendent of Public Instruction identifies a district school as ranking in decile 1 or 2 on the Academic Performance Index (API) and notifies the district that the school is eligible to participate in the state's Quality Education Investment program, the Board shall determine whether applying for this funding will help improve academic achievement at that school. The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall review the program requirements and recommend to the Board if it would be in the district's best interest to apply to use alternative program requirements that would provide for a higher level of academic achievement. Based on this determination, the Board may submit an application, including an application for an alternative program, on behalf of the school in order to obtain additional state funding for school improvement.

The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall ensure that each participating school uses program funds for the purposes expressed in law and administrative regulation. Activities carried out under this program shall be aligned with other school improvement efforts.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0520.1 - High Priority Schools Grant Program)

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

(cf. 0520.3 - Title I Program Improvement Districts)

The Board shall monitor the progress of participating schools to evaluate the effectiveness of school efforts in increasing student achievement, as measured by the API and other indicators, increasing student attendance, and, for secondary schools, increasing graduation rates. If the Board determines that sufficient progress is not being made at a particular school, the Board and Superintendent/Principal or designee shall determine what types of additional district resources and support should be provided to the school so that progress in increasing student achievement can be made.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

Legal Reference:


35186 Williams uniform complaint procedures

44510-44517 Administrator training program

44757.5 Reading instruction definitions

52050-52059 Public Schools Accountability Act, including:

52055.700-52055.770 Quality Education Investment Act

52120-52128.5 Class Size Reduction Program

60640 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

60642.5 California standards tests

64001 Single plan for student achievement

99230-99242 Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program


6301-6578 Academic achievement of the disadvantaged, including:

6316 Program improvement

6319 Qualifications of highly qualified teachers

6511-6518 Comprehensive School Reform Program

Management Resources:



California Department of Education:


adopted: May 21, 2008 Westwood, California