Evaluation of the Instructional Program

MJUSD
DIVISION 6000
INSTRUCTION

EVALUATION OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM

The Governing Board recognizes that it is accountable to the students, parents/guardians and community for conducting a continual evaluation of the curriculum and the instructional program.

The Superintendent or designee shall review the effectiveness of District programs in meeting desired outcomes. He/she shall provide the Board and the community with regular reports on student progress toward Board-established standards of expected achievement at each grade level in each area of study. Based on these evaluations, the Board shall take appropriate actions to maintain the effectiveness of programs and, as needed, to improve the quality of education that District students receive.

Coordinated Compliance Reviews
The Superintendent or designee shall cooperate with the California Department of Education in the conduct of coordinated compliance reviews to ensure that all District categorical programs comply with federal and state laws and regulations. The Superintendent or designee shall notify the Board of the results of these reviews.

Evaluation of Consolidated Programs
The Superintendent or designee shall conduct annual evaluations to determine whether the District's consolidated programs are supportive of the core curriculum and are effective in meeting the needs of the students they are intended to serve. As a basis for this evaluation, the Superintendent or designee shall recommend specific, measurable criteria that shall be used at each school and at the District level. These criteria shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, progress toward goals contained in the school plan and progress of the total student population and each numerically significant subgroup toward growth targets on the statewide Academic Performance Index.

The Superintendent or designee shall submit the recommended criteria for approval by the Board. Evaluations conducted for each school shall be presented annually to the Board.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation
The Board believes that accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) can foster excellence and ongoing academic improvement in the District's schools. The accreditation process also may demonstrate to parents/guardians and the community that the schools are meeting their goals and objectives and the WASC criteria for school effectiveness through a viable instructional program.

The Superintendent or designee shall undertake procedures whereby the District's schools may achieve and maintain full WASC accreditation status. The schools shall conduct a self-study in accordance with WASC requirements, cooperate with the WASC committee during a site visit, and develop and review action plans to increase the effectiveness of the instructional program for students. The Superintendent or designee shall regularly report to the Board on the status of District schools and any WASC recommendations for school improvement.

If any District school loses its accreditation status, the Board shall give official notice at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. The Superintendent or designee shall provide written notification to each parent/guardian of a student in the school that the school has lost its accreditation status, including the potential consequences of the loss of accreditation status. (Education Code 35178.4)

Legal Reference:
Education Code
33400-33407 Educational evaluations (by CDE)
35178.4 Notice of loss of accreditation status
44662 Evaluation and assessment guidelines
51041 Education program, evaluation and revisions
51226 Model curriculum standards
52034 Evaluations required for School Improvement Program
54650-54659 Education Improvement Incentive Program
62005.5 Failure to comply with purposes of funds
64000-64001 Consolidated application process
Code of Regulations, Title 5
3930-3937 Program requirements
3942 Continuity of funding
Management Resources:
CSBA Publications
Maximizing School Board Leadership: Curriculum, 1996
CDE Publications
Update on the Status of Program Quality Review and Implementation of SB 374, Nov. 14, 2001
Web Sites
CSBA: http://www.csba.org
CDE, School and District Accountability Division: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ccpdiv
WASC, Accrediting Commission for Schools: http://www.acswasc.org

First Reading: 3/9/05

Governing Board Adoption: 4/13/05

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