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PARENTAL NOTIFICATION: OPTION TO TRANSFER

[Date]

To the parents/guardians of students at ___________________ School:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that our school has been identified by the California Department of Education (CDE) as an Open Enrollment school for the ________ school year.

Why is our school on the Open Enrollment List?

The Open Enrollment Act, which became law in the spring of 2010, requires the CDE to annually create a list of 1,000 schools ranked by their Academic Performance Index (API). A school's API is a number that ranges from 200 to 1,000 and is calculated using the results for each school's students on statewide tests. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet. Schools that fall short of 800 are required to meet annual growth targets until that goal is achieved. Annual API growth targets will vary for each school.

For more information about how the Open Enrollment List is created, please visit the CDE's web site: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/eo/op.

What right does a parent have to request a transfer?

All parents/guardians of students attending a school on the Open Enrollment List have the

option to request a transfer of their child to another school. The school to which your child transfers must have a higher API than the school your child is leaving. Our school's API is __________.

If you would like to transfer your child to another school, you must contact that school district for information regarding their application procedures and timelines. To find a school with a higher API, go to the CDE's website: http://api.cde.ca.gov/reports.

Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the new school.

We will keep you updated and informed about opportunities to discuss plans for our school. If you have questions, need additional information on how you can get involved in our school improvement efforts, or would like to discuss the school's instructional program, please feel free to call me and/or visit the school.

Sincerely,

___________________________

[Name of Principal]

Exhibit WOODSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

version: February 12, 2013 Woodside, California