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SARC: School Accountability Report Card

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School Site Council & Single School Plan and SARC

School Site Council

The School Site Council (SSC) is a school community’s representative body, made up of school staff,and  parents/community members.  The primary responsibility of the SSC is to participate in the development of the the Single Plan for Student Achievement,  and evaluate the effectiveness of programs by monitoring the use of Title I and other supplemental funding available to the school site. These plans are based on an analysis of achievement data in all areas and are submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval. School Site Councils also serve an important role in offering advice and input for the instructional program, implementation, and evaluation. Parents are encouraged to run for positions on School Site Council.

School Site Council (SSC) Composition

California Education Code:

California Education Code 52852 states:
A Schoolsite council shall be established at each school which participates in school-based program coordination. The council shall be composed of the principal and representatives of: teachers selected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by other school personnel at the school; parents of pupils attending the school selected by such parents; and, in secondary schools, pupils selected by pupils attending the school.

  • At the elementary level, the minimum council size is 10 members.
  • At the secondary level, the minimum council size is 12.
  • Student Participation is optional at the middle school level.

California Education Code 64001 states:
... School districts shall assure...that the Single Plan for [Student] Achievement has been prepared in accordance with the law, that school site councils have developed and approved a plan...and that [the] plans were developed with the review , certification, and advise of any applicable school advisory committees.

Single School Plan for Student Achievement

Legal Requirements for the SPSA

ECSection 64000 requires schools and districts that receive state and federal or other applicable funding through the district’s ConApp process to prepare a SPSA for any recipient school. The SPSA is a blueprint to improve the academic performance of all students to the level of the performance goals, including both the Academic Performance Index (API) and the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measures. SPSA requirements are also included in the Categorical Program Monitoring process.[1]

ECSection 64001 establishes the following requirements for school plans:

  • School districts must assure that SSCs have developed and approved the SPSAfor schools participating in programs funded through the ConApp process and any other school program they choose to include.[2]
  • Any plans required by programs funded through the ConApp and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) program improvement (PI) must be consolidated into a single plan.[3]Schools may add other funding sources.
  • The plan must be "reviewed annually and updated, including proposed expenditures of funds allocated to the school through the ConApp, by the SSC.”[4]
  • School goals must be based upon “an analysis of verifiable state data, including the API…and the California English Language Development Test…” and may include any data voluntarily developed by districts to measure student achievement.[5]In addition, schools should include an analysis of school progress on the AYP and other measures of student achievement.
  • The content of the plan must be aligned with school goals for improving student achievement.[6]
  • School plans must be developed with the review, certification, and advice of any applicable school advisory committees.
  • The SPSA must address how ConApp funds will be used to "improve the academic performance of all students to the level of the performance goals, as established by the API."
  • The SPSA must align with the local educational agency (LEA) plan and be submitted for approval to the LEA governing board, which may return it to the SSC for revisions as deemed necessary.[7]
  • The SPSA must be reviewed and approved by the governing board of the LEA "whenever there are ’material’ changes that affect the academic programs for students covered by programs" funded through the ConApp.[8]

SPSA Purpose

The purpose of the SPSA is to coordinate all educational services at the school. The SPSA shall, at a minimum, address how funds provided to the school through any of the sources identified in Section 64000 will be used to improve the academic performance of all pupils to the level of the performance goals, as established by the API. The SPSA must integrate the purposes and requirements of all state and federal categorical programs in which the school participates.

The SPSA serves as the organizer for an individual school’s improvement process. The plan should be developed with a deeper understanding of root causes of student academic challenges and identify and implement research-based instructional strategies to raise the achievement of students who are not yet proficient at state standards. It is critical that each school’s SPSA:

  • ·Builds on a premise that students are capable of learning with effective instruction
  • ·Includes school goals aligned with activities and goals included in the LEA Plan to maximize school reform efforts
  • ·Is based on verifiable data analysis
  • ·Focuses on student achievement and academic interventions
  • ·Implements high leverage school improvement actions
  • ·Directs resources where they will most directly improve student academic achievement
  • ·Ensures that all resources are aligned to serve identified students needs
  • ·Uses research based strategies
  • · Implements strategic coordination of resources

To set school goals, the SSC needs to carefully review district priorities as stated in the LEA Plan, assess both state and local quantitative and qualitative student achievement data to evaluate instructional program effectiveness, and come to consensus about solutions.


[1]  EC Section 64001(a) [2]  EC Section 64001(a) [3]  EC Section 64001(d) [4]   EC Section 64001(g) [5]  EC Section 64001(d) [6]  EC Section 64001(f) [7] EC Section 64001(h) [8]  EC Section 64001(d)

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Notes

Schoolwide Title 1 Program

Grenada Elementary School receives Title 1 funding and operates as a schoolwide program.

An Overview of Schoolwide Programs

A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school; its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on State academic achievement standards.

In general, a Title I school may operate as a schoolwide program only if a minimum of 40 percent of the students in the school, or residing in the attendance area served by the school, are from low-income families. [Section 1114(a)(1) of Title I of ESEA].

Whereas Title I targeted assistance programs only provide educational services to identified individual students, schoolwide programs allow staff in schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families  to redesign their entire educational program to serve all students. The emphasis in schoolwide program schools is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all resources, as allowed, to achieve a common goal. Schoolwide programs maximize the impact of Title I. Adopting this strategy should result in an ongoing, comprehensive plan for school improvement that is owned by the entire school community and tailored to its unique needs. Refer to the California Department of Education: Schoolwide Program for more information.