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Region 5

The Regional System of District and School Support (RSDSS) is a part of the statewide system of school support that was established to meet state and federal requirements. The support system, working within county offices of education (COEs), offers intensive and sustained assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools receiving Title I funds to increase the opportunity for all students to meet the state’s academic content standards. California uses a regional approach to address the needs of students because of the vast number of schools and districts in the state. This support system delivers and brokers resources to districts and schools in need of improvement.

Purpose of Work

Region 5 actively supports and provides assistance to LEAs and schools identified for Program Improvement (PI) based on the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Region 5 offers services to all PI districts in the region by providing support for developing and implementing action plans to improve student achievement. The Region 5 director and coordinators work collaboratively to develop, support, and implement the work plan. Priority of these services is based on the following criteria:

The goals are as follows:

Regional Demographics

Region 5 consists of four counties located in the central coast area of California: Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz. The region encompasses the large urban area of the city of San Jose, additional cities and towns, and rural and agricultural areas.

Context of Work

Region 5 provides the following services:

Contact Information

Each COE has a Coordinator that serves as a liaison to the RSDSS. The Region 5 office is located at the Santa Clara COE, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131. Contact Frank Wells, Director, by phone at 408-453-6753 or by e-mail at To obtain a complete listing of current and future technical activities, visit the Region 5 RSDSS Web site External link opens in new window or tab. .

Questions:   District Innovation & Improvement Office | 916-319-0836
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