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Notice of Improvement Status Letter

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

November 25, 2014

Dear Select County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators:

Notice of Improvement Status under Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

This letter serves as an official notification of the local educational agency’s (LEA’s) 2014–15 requirements under Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Based upon data from the 2014 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report and the 2013–14 Title III Accountability Report, your LEA has been identified as:

Program
2014-–15 Improvement Status

Title I Program Improvement

«PI_Place»
«PI_Category»

Title III Improvement

«Title_III_Status»
«Consortia_Lead»

Please Note: LEAs identified for Program Improvement (PI) under Title II Compliance Monitoring, Interventions, and Sanctions will be notified via a separate letter.

Title I PI Accountability Requirements

If your LEA was identified as PI Year 1, 2, 3, or 3+ under Title I PI, please refer to the California Department of Education (CDE) Program Improvement LEA Requirements Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ti/leapireq.asp.

If you have any questions regarding Title I PI accountability requirements, please contact Jacqueline Matranga, Education Programs Consultant, District Innovation and Improvement Office, by phone at 916-445-4905 or by e-mail at jmatranga@cde.ca.gov.

Title I Program Improvement Changes for 2014–15

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. Specifically, a one-year waiver was granted that allows flexibility in making AYP determinations for schools and LEAs participating in the Smarter Balanced Field Test.

The CDE will not produce a 2014 AYP Report for elementary and middle schools and elementary and unified school districts. Therefore, the PI status for these schools and districts will not change, nor will schools and districts enter or exit PI.

The CDE, however, will continue to make AYP determinations for any high schools serving only Grades 9–12 and high school districts based on achievement results from the Grade 10 California High School Exit Examination and California Alternate Performance Assessment. The AYP will be used to identify PI status for these high schools and high school districts.

Please Note: Title I PI Year 3 LEAs identified for corrective action were assigned corrective action at the November 2014 State Board of Education (SBE) meeting. Further details can be found in Item 15 on the CDE SBE Agenda for November 2014 Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr14/agenda201411.asp. A change in the assigned corrective action was approved by the SBE at its November 2013 meeting. Further details regarding the approved change in the corrective action can be found in Item 11 on the CDE SBE Agenda for November 2013 Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr13/agenda201311.asp.

Title III Accountability Requirements

If your LEA/consortium was identified as Year 1, 2, 3, 4, or 4+ under Title III, please refer to the CDE Title III Accountability Requirements Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/t3/t3amaotargets.asp.

If you have any questions about the Title III accountability requirements, please contact the following CDE staff:

  • Lilia G. Sánchez, Bilingual/Migrant Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office, by phone at 916-319-0265 or by e-mail at lsanchez@cde.ca.gov
  • Noelia Hernandez, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office, by phone at 916-319-0410 or by e-mail at nhernadez@cde.ca.gov
Title III Accountability Changes for 2014–15

The ESEA requires that all Title III-funded LEAs and consortia annually meet Title III accountability criteria.

On March 7, 2014, the federal waiver permitted California not to make AYP determinations for LEAs participating in the 2013–14 Smarter Balanced Field Test (exclusive of high schools and high school districts). These LEAs include:

  • Elementary and middle schools, and elementary and unified school districts
  • Direct-funded charter schools serving a combination of elementary, middle, and/or high school students
  • Consortia comprised of LEAs and/or direct-funded charter schools serving elementary, middle, and/or high school students

The 2013−14 Title III Accountability reports for the above LEAs display Annual Measurable Achievement Objective 3 results based on 2012–13 Annual Measurable Objectives for the English learner student group. More information is available on the CDE Title III Accountability Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/t3/index.asp.

State Technical Assistance on Requirements

The CDE provides a range of resources that outline the specific requirements under each accountability program. The enclosure includes selected Web page links to technical assistance resources. Please view the appropriate topic(s) as it pertains to your LEA requirements under its new/continued Title I and/or III status, as identified on the first page of this letter.

For further questions, please contact Jacqueline Matranga, Education Programs Consultant, District Innovation and Improvement Office, by phone at 916-445-4905 or by e-mail at jmatranga@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

/s/

Karen Cadiero-Kaplan, Director
English Learner Support Division
Instruction and Learning Support Branch

/s/

Bob Storelli, Director
Improvement and Accountability Division
District, School, and Innovation Branch

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Enclosure

California Department of Education Resources for Titles I and III Accountability Requirements

All resources can be viewed at the identified California Department of Education Web address in the far right column.

Title I, Program Improvement (PI) Resources

Resource

Topic

Web Address

Web page

Title I Program Improvement

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ti/leapireq.asp

State Program Assessment Tools

Resource
Format

Topic

Web Address

Web page Resources

State Program Assessment Tools

  • Academic Program Survey
  • District Assistance Survey
  • English Learner Subgroup Self Assessment
  • Inventory of Services and Supports for Students with Disabilities

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ti/stateassesspi.asp

Title III Resources

Resource
Format

Topic

Web Address

Web page

Title III Accountability Requirements

http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/t3/t3amaotargets.asp

Web page

Title III Accountability

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/t3/index.asp

Guidance Document

Title III Guidance for LEAs Not Meeting AMAOs for Two or Four Years 2014–15

http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/t3/t3amaotargets.asp

Assessment Tool

English Learner Subgroup Self Assessment

http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/t3/t3amaotargets.asp
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