Dear Select County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
Your local educational agency (LEA) has been selected for the 2011–12 School Improvement Grant (SIG) on-site monitoring review. The California Department of Education (CDE) is responsible for ensuring that SIG funds are awarded to LEAs and are used by LEAs in accordance with the statutory requirements and the SIG final requirements. This requires the CDE to ensure that the SIG funds it awards to an LEA are used to implement one of the four school intervention models in each school the LEA commits to serve. Fulfilling this responsibility includes monitoring implementation through on-site visits.
The tentative schedule for on-site reviews is November 2011 through May 2012. The program requirements that will be monitored will be available in late October on the CDE Compliance Monitoring Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/.
Following the release of the notification letter, CDE staff will be in contact with your designated staff to coordinate the on-site review and discuss the preparation for the review, including uploading documents and evidence of compliance into the California Accountability and Improvement System (CAIS). Training and technical assistance on the use of CAIS will be provided in late October.
For additional information and resources, please refer to the CDE Compliance Monitoring Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/. If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the School Turnaround Office by phone at 916-319-0833 or by e-mail at RCSO@cde.ca.gov.
Christine Swenson, Director
Improvement and Accountability Division