The Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires all states to implement statewide accountability systems based on challenging state standards in reading and mathematics, annual testing for all students in grades three through eight, and annual statewide progress objectives ensuring that all groups of students reach proficiency within 12 years. 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 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward statewide proficiency goals are subject to improvement and corrective action measures.
In California, Program Improvement (PI) is the formal designation for Title I-funded schools (all elementary schools in Sierra Sands) and districts that fail to make AYP for two consecutive years. In fall 2013, Sierra Sands USD and one school, Richmond Elementary entered Year 3 Program Improvement, two elementary schools, Faller and Pierce, progressed to Year 2 Program Improvement and Inyokern Elementary exited Program Improvement. Due to the transition of state accountability testing to common core state standards, the District as well as Faller, Pierce, and Richmond elementary schools, remain frozen in their respective PI status for the 2015-16 school year. Gateway, Inyokern, and Las Flores elementary schools are not in Program Improvement.
Under ESEA, students who attend a Title I-funded school that is identified for program improvement must be given the option of school choice. This provision allows all students attending such a Title I school the option to transfer to another public school that is within the district and is not in program improvement. For the 2015-16 school year, the available schools to which eligible students may transfer under the school choice provision are GATEWAY and/or INYOKERN.
Copies of the Program Improvement documents that were mailed out this fall are located at the links above for your information. If you have any questions concerning Program Improvement or instructional programs please contact Mrs. Michelle Savko in the Curriculum/ Special Projects office at (760) 499-1640.