MT. DIABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
JAMES W. DENT EDUCATION CENTER
1936 Carlotta Drive
Concord, California 94519-1397
OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Mt. Diablo Unified School District:
In 2011 Mt. Diablo Unified School District was identified as a Program Improvement (PI) LEA and is now entering its second year in that status. You can find specific achievement data used to make this decision at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ar/. If you do not have access to the Internet, please call (925) 682-8000, ext. 4015, and a hard copy of the report will be provided.
Program Improvement status occurs when an LEA receiving Title I, Part A, does not meet annual improvement targets in school performance for two years in a row. The 2011 targets for all schools and districts in California were 67% of all students at the proficient and advanced level on the California Standards Test in English Language Arts and 67.3% math. For 2012 those targets grew to 78.4% in English language arts and 79% in math. As the targets increase dramatically to the 2014 target of 100% of all students required to be proficient or advanced, more and more schools and districts are entering PI status. Of the over 1000 school districts in California, 436 were in some level of PI status in 2011 and many more are expected to enter PI status in 2012.
As a Year 2 PI LEA, our district must continue to implement our addendum to our LEA Plan, use ten percent of Title I funds to provide professional development for teachers and administrators, and continue to provide assistance to schools identified for PI.
Our district is using the mandatory 10% of our Title I funds to focus our work as Professional Learning Communities. As a professional learning community, we focus on these guiding questions:
- What do we want students to learn?
- How will we know when they’ve learned it?
- How will we respond when students don’t learn?
- How do we enrich and extend the learning for those students who have demonstrated mastery?
To ensure ALL students are learning at the highest level, our district is focused on professional learning aligned with the shared values of Collaboration, Powerful First Instruction, Common Assessments, Directed Intervention, and the Implementation of English Learner Master Plan.
How can parents help their school and LEA improve?
Here are some suggestions to help you work with your school and LEA to support improvements:
- Learn more about the ESEA/NCLB requirements and become aware of strategies to improve student achievement.
- Talk with your school about the changes we are making to help students meet the state standards in ELA and mathematics.
- Visit your child’s school. You also may participate in voluntary activities to assist your school.
- If you are a parent of a student who attends a Title I PI school, ask about school choice options to transfer your child, with paid transportation, to a public school in Mt. Diablo that is not identified as a Program Improvement school.
- If you are a parent of a student who attends a Title I school that has been in PI for two years or more, ask about supplemental educational services that may be available for your child.
I encourage you to contact Rose Lock, the Assistant Superintendent Student Achievement and School Support, at (925) 682-8000, ext. 4015 for information about any of these requirements and how you can become involved in PI efforts.
Steven Lawrence, Ph.D.