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Program Improvement LEA Requirements


Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), local educational agencies (LEAs) are responsible for implementing specific federal and state requirements during each year that they are in Program Improvement (PI) status.

Timeline | PI Years 1 & 2 | PI Year 3 | Resources

Timeline

PI Year 1
Planning

PI Year 2
P
lan Implementation

PI Year 3
Corrective Action

State Educational Agency (SEA)

Disseminate Program Improvement (PI) results with assistance of LEA to general public.

Provide or arrange for technical assistance to LEA.

Continue to provide technical assistance to LEA.

Continue to provide technical assistance to LEA.

Take corrective action for each LEA in PI Year 3, assigning at least one of seven federal corrective actions:

  • Replace LEA staff.;
  • Remove individual schools from jurisdiction of LEA and arrange for governance;
  • Appoint trustee in place of superintendent and school board;
  • Abolish or restructure LEA;
  • Authorizing students to transfer to a school operated by another LEA;
  • Institute new curriculum and professional development for staff;
  • Defer programmatic funds or reduce administrative funds.

Notify parents/public of corrective action taken by SEA.

Local Education Agency (LEA)

Notify parents, with SEA assistance, of:

  • The identification of LEA as PI;
  • Reasons for PI identification;
  • How parents can get involved in improving LEA; and
  • Actions the SEA will take to improve the LEA.

Use State Program Assessment Tools, as appropriate.

In consultation with parents and school staff, revise the LEA Plan and submit to CDE within three months of identification. LEA may use optional LEA Plan Addendum.

Expeditiously implement LEA Plan Addendum.

Reserve and spend no less than 10% of the LEA’s Title I, Part A allocation for high-quality professional development.

If funding is provided in the annual Budget Act, contract with an external entity to verify assessment results.

Continue to:

  • Implement revised LEA Plan or LEA Plan Addendum
  • Reserve and spend no less than 10% of the LEA’s Title I allocation for high-quality professional development.
  • Notify parents, with SEA assistance, of:
    • The identification of LEA as PI;
    • Reasons for PI identification;
    • How parents can get involved in improving LEA; and
    • Actions the SEA will take to improve the LEA.

Revise LEA Plan, as necessary, to document steps to fully implement SBE-assigned corrective action.

Provide professional development (recommended, unless required by the assigned corrective action).

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PI Years 1 & 2

PI Year 1

Requirements

Template and Guideline

PI Year 2

Requirements

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PI Year 3

Requirements

Template and Assistance Document

Corrective Action

An LEA that advances to PI Year 3 is subject to Corrective Action, and the SBE is required to select and impose at least one of seven federal corrective actions, cited at Education Code (EC) Section 52055.57(c).

See Agenda Item 11, which establishes Corrective Action 7, on the CDE SBE Agenda for November 2013 Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr13/agenda201311.asp], and Agenda Item 9, which assigns the corrective action to LEAs in PI Year 3, Cohort 7, on the CDE SBE Agenda for January 2014 Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr14/agenda201401.asp]. This serves as the notification to parents and the public of the corrective action the state has taken, in accordance with 20 U.S.C. 6316 §1116(c)(10)(E) and CFR § 200.51 (d)(3).

PI Year 3 Evidence of Progress
August 22, 2014, video and guidelines for LEAs in PI Year 3 submitting Evidence of Progress.

LEA Plans for LEAs in PI Year 3
Access to local links to LEA Corrective Action Plans.

Technical Assistance Requirements

Under ESEA, Section 1116(c)(10)(B)(iii), states are required to provide technical assistance while instituting any corrective action. The assignment of technical assistance requirements is based upon LEA need.

DAIT or other Technical Assistance Provider Standards and Criteria (DOC)
In September 2009, the SBE adopted revised standards for the work of a DAIT or other technical assistance provider. The full State Board of Education item, including Attachment 1 (Revised Standards for District Improvement and the Focus of Work of a District Assistance and Intervention Team) and Attachment 2 (Matrix Comparing Standards Adopted in 2006 and Proposed Standards for District Improvement and the Focus of Work of a District Assistance and Intervention Team) is available electronically at the above link.

Approved DAIT Provider Organizations
List of organizations previously approved by the CDE to serve as DAIT Providers, along with contact information for each provider. Note: List of approved DAIT provider organizations is no longer updated by CDE.

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Resources

2014–15 Title I and/or Title III Status Under ESEA Letters

Under ESEA, LEAs may be identified for improvement under Title I (PI), Title II, and/or Title III and are subject to requirements under each accountability system. A November 26, 2014, notice letter was sent to all LEAs notifying them of their Title I and/or Title III improvement status and directed them to appropriate CDE Web links for details on the specific accountability requirements. These links appear below. See List of 2014–15 LEAs Identified for Improvement Status Under Title I and/or Title III (XLS).

2014–15 LEA Accountability Requirements

Program Improvement and Title II

Title I PI LEAs that also have a Title II improvement status should review the California Department of Education Compliance Monitoring, Intervention and Sanctions (CMIS) Web page. LEAs that are subject only to Title II, CMIS should also reference this page.

Program Improvement and Title III

Title I PI LEAs that are also in Title III improvement status should review the California Department of Education Title III Accountability Requirements Web page. LEAs that are subject only to Title III should also reference this page.

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