Title I and Program Improvement Status
Sir Francis Drake High School
Sir Francis Drake High School has been identified as a Program Improvement (PI) school because annual yearly progress requirements were not met in mathematics on state-mandated tests two years in a row. In 2013, 79.6% of Drake students scored proficient or higher in mathematics and the benchmark set by the state was 88.7% proficient or above on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and in 2014, 79.5% of Drake students scored proficient or higher on this state exam and the benchmark set by the state was 100% proficient or above.
The Federal Government, under the No-Child-Left-Behind legislation, set the expectation that 100% of all students in our country would reach “proficient” or higher on state mandated tests by the year 2014. Additionally, 95% of the students in each school and in each subgroup must participate in statewide testing.
What does this mean for Drake High School?
Drake High School is committed to providing the best math education possible to all students and is working to improve student achievement through the implementation of a school-wide action plan, professional development for teachers and targeted support for students.
State legislation requires the District to provide families who reside within the boundaries of the Drake community with school choice within the district and to provide funding for transportation for families wishing to attend another school in the district. Please note, TUHSD continues to offer school choice via our open enrollment process. If wish to have more information regarding school choice and transportation, please contact Kim Stiffler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting the challenge of a new assessment system
In the spring of 2015, California implemented a new student assessment system called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) which replaced the previous assessment measures, including the STAR testing system. For the current year, AYP will be determined entirely by meeting a 95% participation rate on one test in this system called the Smarter Balanced assessments (SBAC). This was administered to all 11th grade students in the spring. Sir Francis Drake High School did not meet the 95% participation rate requirement, therefore we anticipate remaining in PI status for additional year.
Additional information and resources regarding Title I and Program Improvement status are available at the following Web sites:
- The California Department of Education Title I, Part A Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/sw/t1/titleparta.asp
- The California Department of Education Program Improvement Status Determinations Web Page at http://www.cde.ca.gov and http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml
- The U.S. Department of Education Web site at http://www.ed.gov and http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml