In January 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was signed into law to improve educational opportunities for all children. This legislation supports La Mesa-Spring Valley School District’s efforts to provide a strong standards-based educational program for all students. The purpose of this letter is to share important parent information related to the law and the recent change in status for the district. NCLB identifies those districts that receive funds under NCLB, Title 1 Part A, as Program Improvement (PI) districts after two consecutive years of not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) within specific areas and subgroups. California determines AYP by considering the percentage of students scoring at the “proficient” or “advanced” level on the California Standards Tests for English-language arts and mathematics and the Academic Performance Index (API).
The District test data for 2009–10 shows how the district compared in terms of academic achievement to other districts in the state. The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District’s 2010 API is 801, surpassing the state target of 680. The state target for English-language arts for 2009-10 was 56.8% proficient or advanced; in La Mesa-Spring Valley 57.1% of students were proficient or advanced in English-language arts. The state target for mathematics for 2009-10 was 58% proficient or advanced; in La Mesa-Spring Valley 57.4% of students were proficient or advanced in math. The District met 30 of 41 AYP criteria for the 2009-10 school year. Therefore, LMSV enters into its third year as a Program Improvement district.
As a Program Improvement Local Educational Agency (LEA), our district has:
Revised our LEA Plan. We consulted with parents and school staff when revising this Plan and explained how Title I and other funds are used to improve student achievement.
Reserved at least ten percent of our annual Title I funds to provide professional development for teachers and administrators and will continue to do so.
Provided assistance to schools identified for Program Improvement and will continue to do so.
How can parents work with their school and district to support improvements?
Learn more about the new NCLB requirements and become aware of strategies to improve student academic achievement. Additional information and resources are available at the following Web sites:
The California Department of Education http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/sw/t1/titleparta.asp and http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ay/tidetermine.asp
The U.S. Department of Education http://www.ed.gov and http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml
Talk with LEA staff about the LEA Plan and the program changes that must be made to help students meet the state standards in reading and mathematics.
Visit your child’s school. You also may participate in voluntary activities to assist your school.
You may contact Karen Walker, Assistant Superintendent, Learning Support, at 619-668-5700 x 6387 for further information.
Written by Brian Marshall, Superintendent, Karen Walker, Ed.D., Asst. Supt.