• Program Improvement (PI)

    What is Program Improvement?

    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires the state and district to review annually the academic progress of federally funded Title I schools and to identify schools in need of improvement. These schools are identified as PI schools after two consecutive years of not making adequate yearly progress (AYP). California determines AYP by considering the following four measures:

    • The percentage of students scoring at the “proficient” or “advanced” level on the California Standards Tests for English-language arts and mathematics
    • The percentage of students participating in those tests
    • The graduation rate for high schools
    • California’s own accountability measurement of progress, the Academic Performance Index (API)

    How is a school identified as PI?

    The reason Maricopa Elementary School continues in PI is because it did not achieve AYP (High performance) in the following areas::

    • English-language arts
    • Mathematics
    • Academic Performance Index (STAR Testing) 

    The school’s Accountability Progress Report may be obtained from the school or on the California Department of Education (CDE) AYP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ay/.

    School Choice

    What right does a parent have to request a transfer to a school that is not in PI?

    All parents/guardians of students attending a PI school have the right to request a transfer of their student(s) to a non-PI district with district-paid transportation only if an adjoining school district (i.e. Taft City School District) chooses to accept students from Maricopa Elementary. For parents who select this option, the district will provide transportation to the non-PI school district for as long as the home school continues to be identified as a PI school. If the home school exits PI by making AYP for two consecutive years, the student can remain at the school; however, transportation will no longer be district-paid. If the demand for choice exceeds funds available, priority will be given to lowest achieving, low-income students.

    If you are interested in transferring your student(s) to a non-PI school outside if the district, please contact the district at 661-769-8231 to discuss options.

    What will the school do to address the problem of low achievement?

    We are currently working closely with the district staff to revise our school plan to include:

    • Strategies, policies, and practices that utilize scientifically-based research and have the greatest likelihood of ensuring that all groups of students will meet the state’s achievement targets
    • High quality professional development for school staff that will lead to removing the school from PI status
    • Strategies to promote effective parental involvement in the school
    2014-15 Single School Plan-Maricopa Elementary School 
    2014-15 School Plan-Maricopa Middle School

    2013-14 Single School Plan-Maricopa Elementary School
    2013-14 Single School Plan-Maricopa Middle School

    The chart below depicts the main PI action plan elements for implementation over the next 3-5 years to improvement educational success and high student achievement:

    What are the district and state doing to support schools in PI Year 4 (Restructuring)?

    Our district is working closely with the CDE to improve curriculum, instruction, and student performance. Schools in PI Year 4 must prepare a restructuring plan for alternative governance to include at least one of the following:

    • Reopen the school as a public charter school
    • Replace all or most of the school staff (which may include the principal) who are relevant to the failure to make AYP. Please note: since MES only has one elementary school, teachers may be moved to other grade levels ot implement this option.
    • Enter into a contract with an entity with a demonstrated record of effectiveness to manage the school
    • Identify other major restructuring of the school’s governance arrangement that institutes fundamental reform

    As required by NCLB, we will invite both teachers and parents to participate in the development of the restructuring plan and to comment before action is taken.

    How can parents become involved?

     Research shows that strong parental involvement leads to student success at school. Parents interested in partnering with the school are encouraged to contact the school for additional information regarding:

    • Parental involvement policies
    • School-parent compact
    • Ongoing parent/community meetings
    • Advisory committee/school site council meetings
    • Parent volunteer opportunities

    We will update and informe the parents and public about opportunities to discuss plans for our school. If you have questions, need additional information on how you can get involved in our school improvement efforts, or would like to discuss the school’s instructional program and PI status, please feel free to call me and/or visit the school.


    Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

    Supplemental educational services (SES) are additional academic instruction provided outside of the regular school day and designed to increase the academic achievement of students attending schools in Program Improvement (PI) Years 2 through 5. SES, or free tutoring, must be high quality, research based, and specifically designed to increase student academic achievement. Eligible students are all low-income students who attend Title I PI Years 2 through 5 schools. Maricopa Elementary  School is a Year 4 school.


    How does a parent obtain a provider for their child?

     Student from low-income families at continuing PI, whose parents did not select a public school choice option, are eligible for free tutoring (SES). These services are classes or tutoring which occur outside the regular school day with educational providers approved by the State Board of Education. If the number of eligible students who apply for the SES program exceeds the financial resources available, the lowest achieving students from low-income families will receive SES first.


    There are many benefits to your student(s) receiving free tutoring.

    • He/she receives specific help in English-language arts, and/or mathematic.
    • The tutoring is provided beyond the regular school day (Afterschool).
    • The tutoring is delivered in a one-to-one setting or in small groups.


    If you are interested in SES, please review the listing below of providers willing to serve the district. The list identifies the subject area(s) and any special groups of students a provider is approved to serve. Please, complete and return the SES application form to the district. If you need assistance in making a selection of an SES provider(s) for your student(s), please contact the district office at 661-769-8231.

    SES Application Form (Download, fill out and return to District Office)

    Approved Local SES Providers

    Program Phone Type of Services Days/Times
    MUSD Debbie Pomisino
    661-769-8231 ext. 204
    Afterschool Title I Tutoring Monday & Wednesday     3:00-5:00 p.m.
    Achieve High Points Joshua Lopez 661-636-6308 or 1-888-286-5086 Online Math Tutoring Online
    Sylvan Learning Center 661-387-6060
    2720 Calloway Dr
    Bakersfield CA 93312
    Personal Tutoring By Appointment

    SES Providers Approved at State Level (Download)