Program Improvement (PI)
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 “MET” or “EXCEEDED” 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, CA DASHBOARD
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
- CAASPP Testing Results
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
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?
Our district is working closely with the Kern County Office of Education to improve curriculum, instruction, and student performance. Schools in PI must prepare a improvement plan. As required by NCLB, we invite both teachers and parents to participate in the development of the improvement plan and to comment before action is taken each year.
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 inform 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.