The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires all states to implement statewide accountability systems based on challenging state standards in reading and mathematics, annual testing for all students in grades three through eight, and annual statewide progress objectives ensuring that all groups of students reach proficiency within 12 years. Assessment results are disaggregated by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, disability, and limited English proficiency to ensure that no group is left behind. Districts and schools that do not make “adequate yearly progress” toward statewide proficiency goals are subject to “Program Improvement (PI)” status and corrective action measures.
Program improvement status is determined using two years of school and district data. Districts and schools in program improvement are responsible for implementing certain federal and state requirements during each year that they are in program improvement status.
We provide several resources to the district, sites and qualifying students to ensure all schools identified as program improvement are able to exit PI status as quickly as possible:
- Alternative Governance Board (AGB)
- District School Liaison Team (DSLT)
- School Choice
- Supplemental Educational Services (SES tutoring services)
- Principal Coaches
- Instructional Coaches
- Professional Development focusing on English Learners and implementation of core content curriculum and instruction