Explanation of Program Improvement Requirements

Program Improvement, Public School Choice, & Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) / No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requires all states to create their own high academic standards for what a child should know and be able to do for all grades in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Every school must improve each year until all students meet these standards. This yearly improvement in school performance, which included the academic standards and other components, is called Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). 

ESEA/NCLB also requires the California Department of Education to annually review the performance of each local educational agency (LEA) that receives funds under Title I, Part A. An LEA can be a school district or a county office of education. An LEA receiving Title I, Part A funds is identified for Program Improvement (PI) if it does not meet AYP goals for two consecutive years within specific areas, focused primarily on academic achievement in English Language Arts and Mathematics. 

Attaining the required levels of achievement in all components of these AYP requirements is challenging. Making it even more challenging is the requirement that schools and districts attain all of these marks for each individual subgroup. 

Failure to meet all of these requirements for our overall population, as well as each of the individual subgroups, for two consecutive years will leave a school, or school district in Program Improvement (PI). 

These requirements are extremely difficult to meet for some of our subgroups thus making Program Improvement very difficult to avoid, and very difficult to exit once identified. As a result, over time, most Title I schools in California, and in the United States are now in Program Improvement status. Additionally, with the onset of the Common Core State Standards and our new CAASPP assessment system, Program Improvement is in a holding pattern until further direction from the Department of Education and the California Department of Education.

We do not feel these identifications are a fair depiction of the great things we accomplish daily at Paso Robles Joint Unified School District as we feel that we can compete with any district in our county, or our state. We can assure you that we are doing all we can to raise achievement to its highest level, and that we are taking Program Improvement very seriously.

Public School Choice – All parents/guardians of students attending a PI school in year one or above have the right to request a transfer of their child(ren) to a non-PI district school with district-paid transportation. 

Supplemental Educational Services (SES) - SES is FREE tutoring provided under NCLB. The SES tutoring program is for eligible students to improve their reading and math skills. Schools who are in Program Improvement for two or more years offer SES to students who remain in attendance at the PI school and who qualify based on low socio-economic status as determined by Free and Reduced Lunch eligibility and low achievement as indicated by grades and test scores. Supplemental Educational Services are opportunities for students to receive additional tutoring or academic assistance outside the regular school day from a state approved SES provider. For a list of approved SES providers who have agreed to contract with Paso Robles Joint Unified School District for the 2015-2016 school year, please see the attached application below. 

We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any further questions about your choices as a parent, or concerns to address, please feel free to contact Lynne Robinson by email at lrobinson@pasoschools.org or by phone at (805) 769-1000 extension 30402.


Supporting Documents

SES Application Part 1 - Aplicación Part 1
SES Application Part 2 / Aplicación Part 2
Supplemental Education Services SES
Parent SES Questions
Parents' FAQ's About Supplemental Education Services
Información Acerca los Servicios Educativo Suplementario
Longitudinal Data