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December 3, 2014
Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Mt. Diablo Unified School District:
This is to inform you that Mt. Diablo USD continues as a Program Improvement (PI) local educational agency (LEA) in Year 3, corrective action. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended, requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to annually review the student academic performance in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics of each LEA that receives funds under Title I, Part A. An LEA is identified as PI if it fails to meet yearly student performance goals, known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), for two consecutive years.
What are the changes in PI for the 2014–15 school year?
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 LEAs participating in the Smarter Balanced Field Test.
CDE will 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 will not change. Elementary and middle schools and unified school districts will not enter or exit PI. However, these schools and districts will continue to implement the PI requirements associated with their current PI status.
The ESEA also requires the California State Board of Education (SBE) to determine a corrective action for each PI Year 3 LEA. Corrective action is the collective name given to the steps an LEA must take that substantially and directly respond to instructional, managerial, and organizational issues in the LEA and that will lead to students achieving proficiency in the core academic subjects of ELA and mathematics.
As a continuing PI Year 3, Corrective Action LEA, Mt. Diablo USD must continue to implement the following corrective action(s):
- Continue to reserve an amount equal to 10 percent of its Title I allocation to provide professional development for teachers and administrators to strengthen the academic achievement of the LEA’s students determined to be in greatest need of assistance (for those LEAs assigned Corrective Action 7).
- Revise the LEA Plan, as necessary, to document steps to fully implement the SBE-assigned corrective action. We must consult with parents/guardians and school staff when revising and implementing the LEA Plan, which will include information on how we plan to use Title I and other funds to improve student achievement. We will continue to post the approved LEA Plan on our LEA Web site.
- Demonstrate progress of LEA Plan implementation and monitoring by submitting a report describing the LEA’s progress towards implementation of the strategies and actions in the LEA plan through annual electronic submission of local evidence to the CDE.
How can parents/guardians help the LEA improve? Here are some suggestions to help you work with us to support improvements:
- Learn more about the ESEA/NCLB requirements and become aware of strategies to improve student academic achievement. Additional information and resources are available at:
-The California Department of Education Title I, Part A Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/sw/t1/titleparta.asp and
-Program Improvement Status Determinations Web Page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ay/tidetermine.asp
- Request and receive information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s).
- Talk with LEA staff about the LEA Plan and the revisions that must be made to help students meet the state standards in ELA and mathematics.
- Visit your child’s school. You also may participate in voluntary activities to assist your school or LEA.
- If you are a parent/guardian of a student who attends a Title I PI school, ask about school choice options to transfer your child, with paid transportation, to a public school in your LEA that is not identified as a PI school.
- If you are a parent/guardian of a student who attends a Title I school that has been in PI for two years or more, ask about supplemental educational services, or free tutoring, that may be available for your child.
I encourage you to contact Jonathan Eagan, Executive Director of Instructional Support, (925) 682-8000 X4026, for further information about any of these requirements and to find out how you can become involved in our efforts to improve Mt. Diablo Unified School District.
Dr. Nellie Meyer