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Notice of Improvement Status Letter

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
March 3, 2016

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) 2015–16 requirements under Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Based upon data from the 2015 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report and the 2014–15 Title III Accountability Report, your LEA has been identified as:


2015-–16 Improvement Status

Title I Program Improvement (PI)


Title III Improvement



Please Note: LEAs identified for 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

Title I Program Improvement Changes for 2015–16

On March 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) approved California’s one-year waiver request that allows PI determinations to be made using only the California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance participation rate, attendance rate, and graduation rate for the 2015–16 school year. As a result, only Title I-funded schools and LEAs that failed the 2015 AYP based on participation rate, attendance rate, or graduation rate either advanced in PI, or became newly identified for PI.

Title I PI Year 3 LEAs identified for corrective action were assigned corrective action at the January 2016 State Board of Education (SBE) meeting. Further details regarding the assigned corrective action can be found in Item 15 on the SBE Agenda for January 2016 Web page at Please note: Title I PI information is relative to the 2015–16 school year. Additional information regarding the transition year, 2016–17, was sent to LEAs in a communication from the CDE on January 14, 2016, and February 29, 2016.

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

If you have any questions about the Title III accountability requirements, please contact Gustavo Gonzalez, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office, by phone at 916-319-0420 or by e-mail at

Title III Accountability Changes for 2014–15

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015. The ESSA, which reauthorizes the ESEA, will take full effect in the 2017–18 school year. To facilitate an orderly transition to the ESSA, the ED followed up with a letter in December 2015, to all States to provide additional guidance for Title III Accountability reporting. In its letter, the ED stated that States will not be required to hold LEAs accountable for their performance against annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAOs) 1, 2, and 3 under Title III of ESEA for the 2014–15 or 2015–16 school years. Accordingly, the changes to 2014–15 Title III Accountability reporting system are:

  • No new 2014–15 AMAO determinations will be made
  • LEAs and consortia that had a Title III improvement status in 2013–14 will retain this status for 2014–15

For further questions regarding Title III Accountability changes, please contact Stephanie Woo, Education Research and Evaluation Consultant, Data Visualization and Reporting Office, by phone at 916-323-3071 or by e-mail at

State Technical Assistance on Requirements

The CDE provides a range of resources that outline the specific requirements under each accountability program. Enclosed is a copy of 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.

If you have any questions about Title I PI requirements, please contact Jacqueline Matranga, Education Programs Consultant, District Innovation and Improvement Office, by phone at 916-445-4905 or by e-mail at or Jane Liang, Education Programs Consultant, District Innovation and Improvement Office, by phone at 916-319-0259 or by e-mail at



Veronica Aguila, Ed.D., Director
English Learner Support Division
Instruction and Learning Support Branch


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


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



Web Address

Web page

Title I, Program Improvement LEA Requirements

State Program Assessment Tools



Web Address

Web page Resources

State Program Assessment Tools

  • Academic Program Survey (APS)
  • District Assistance Survey (DAS)
  • English Learner Subgroup Self Assessment (ELSSA)
  • Inventory of Services and Supports (ISS) for Students with Disabilities

Title III Resources



Web Address

Web page

Title III Accountability Requirements

Web page

Title III Accountability
Web page Title III Accountability Reporting Frequently Asked Questions
Last Reviewed: Monday, April 25, 2016
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