SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Archive for the ‘Program Improvement’ Category

State disqualifies SCUSD for school improvement grant

The CDE (California Department of Education) turned down Sacramento City Unified School District’s $22M application for a School Improvement Grant (SIG). This grant money was to be used to fund initiatives to reform the Superintendent’s Priority Schools in the district, including Oak Ridge Elementary, which had been identified as “persistently underperforming” by the state of California. Joining Sacramento in being turned down were Stockton Unified, and Los Angeles Unified School Districts which had applied for $75M and $12.8M respectively.

Article from Stockton Record


Written by alicemercer

August 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm

No child left behind races to the top?

Last week’s release of the AYP Progress report for SCUSD shows that many of the schools in our district are failing to adequately educate Sacramento children according to No Child Left Behind standards.

SCUSD schools in year 1 of program improvement status jumped from 3 in 2008-09 to 15 to 2009-10.

The statistics are troubling
. Many of our local high schools are at risk of entering PI status next year.

In last week’s Sacramento Bee, Superintendent Raymond describes the vicious cycle of program improvement:

“It’s like the Hotel California, you check in but you never check out.”

What constitutes failure? STAR test results? Isn’t it clearly obvious that NCLB has most educators focused on “teaching the test”?

The one-size-fits-all approach to the law doesn’t reflect or support the incredibly varied needs and strengths of the schools …

Enter President Obama’s Race to the Top, part of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

In order to receive federal money, California must tie teacher performance to test results and legislators will soon meet in a special session to consider Governor Schwarzenegger’s “Race To the Top” plan which would allow merit pay and more charter schools.

Consequently, the teachers’ unions feel squeezed by former allies, including the president, seeing more of the same, tired rhetoric around test scores as opposed to real, educational reform.

And, by the way, is anyone asking the local teachers about reform? Is there any other profession in this country where salary is used as a punitive measure? Do we pay legislators on how many laws they pass?

It’s long overdue to start listening to educators, teachers and parents.

It’s hard to fathom that Education Secretary Arne Duncan (who has never taught in a classroom) has a better idea of reform for our district than say, Susan Miller.

Will you take Arnold Schwarzenneger’s advice on how to enrich your kid’s high school experience? Wouldn’t your principal be just a bit more knowledgeable?

Let’s ask Kevin Johnson to come into your child’s elementary school class and give the teacher some pointers on how to race to the top…


Recently in the News…

From the Sacramento Bee:
April 19
A suggested plan to place ninth graders from a new Sacramento City Unified high school on the campus of Kit Carson Middle School appears to have fallen flat.

April 11
It’s crunch time for Sac City’s “E-21” school program.

April 6
Sacramento parents say time’s too short to create new high school

March 30
List of area schools in Sacramento that are in Program Improvement because their test scores are not meeting No Child Left Behind targets.

Written by scusdobserver

April 22, 2008 at 11:12 pm