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									S A N M AT E O C O U N T Y O F F I C E O F E D U C AT I O N

        Partners in Educational Excellence




      2011
  Annual Report
                to the Community



                  Anne E. Campbell, County Superintendent of Schools
                  101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065-1064
          San Mateo County Office of Education
       “Whether we are dealing with pandemic influenza, a tsunami-sparked school closure,
       a complex special education issue, or a mind-boggling fiscal issue, we have found the
       San Mateo County Office of Education to be highly competent, professional and
       responsive. While I am quite certain that the County Office posts normal business hours,
       the unofficial credo must be “We never close.” I have been amazed to receive same-day
       responses to inquiries generated in the early evening or on a weekend. We are moving
       through a particularly challenging time, and we count on the level of support we
       consistently receive from an exceptionally child-focused and service-oriented partner –
       the San Mateo County Office of Education.”

       Rob Gaskill
       Superintendent
       Cabrillo Unified School District




       “By providing an array of centralized services, such as payroll, accounting and
       compliance, as well as delivering specialized programs to students across the county,
       such as special education, and court and community schools, the San Mateo County
       Office of Education plays a vital role in our combined effort to ensure all of our
       students receive the best possible public education.”

       Seth Rosenblatt
       Trustee, San Carlos Elementary School District
       President (2011-2012), San Mateo County School Boards Association


Our thanks to the Portola Valley School District and San Mateo County Office of Education Programs
for providing several of the photographs in this annual report.

This report contains the most current student performance, enrollment and demographic data available
as of August 2011. In some areas, this will be data from prior years, as reported from state, federal and
local sources.
  Message from the Superintendent

T     he San Mateo County Office of Education is pleased to present our 2011 Annual
      Report. This year’s report provides an overview of the responsibilities and
services fulfilled by the County Office as well as important information on K-12 public
education in San Mateo County.

Our main goal at the County Office is to ensure that
all those we serve receive the support and assistance
they need. Whether it’s accessing professional
development opportunities from our Instructional
Services Division, finding appropriate educational
placements for students with special needs through
our Student Support Services Division, or helping
local districts with financial management through
our Fiscal and Operations Services Division, the San
Mateo County Office of Education serves as a vital
hub of support to local public schools.

The County Office is also committed to helping local
school districts prepare students throughout San Mateo County to meet the challenges of
the 21st Century. Among our top priorities are closing the achievement gap, expanding
access to quality preschool, and making sure all students in our county have access to
world-class instruction in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

I hope this report provides you with helpful information about San Mateo County’s
public schools, the academic performance of our students, and the challenges that
confront us as we strive to ensure all our students are well-prepared to meet the demands
of today’s fast-paced, global society.

For further information on our County Office programs and services, please visit our
website at www.smcoe.k12.ca.us.




Anne E. Campbell
San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools
      2011 ANNUAL REPORT TO THE COMMUNIT Y



                                   Table of Contents

San Mateo County Office of Education Mission and Goals ........................................ 1

The Role of the San Mateo County Office of Education ............................................. 2

San Mateo County School District Boundaries ............................................................ 4

San Mateo County Schools: By the Numbers .............................................................. 5

Demographics: Public Schools in San Mateo County .................................................. 6

Awards........................................................................................................................... 8

Teachers in San Mateo County ................................................................................... 10

School Finances ...........................................................................................................11

Preschool ..................................................................................................................... 12

Academic Performance................................................................................................ 14

           California Standards Tests .............................................................................. 14

           California High School Exit Exam ................................................................. 16

           The Academic Performance Index .................................................................. 17

           No Child Left Behind ..................................................................................... 18

           Graduates and Dropouts ................................................................................. 19

           Preparation for Higher Education ................................................................... 20

Charter Schools ............................................................................................................23

San Mateo County Office of Education Services ....................................................... 24
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                   San Mateo County Office of Education
                                              MISSION
     The San Mateo County Office of Education is committed to ensuring and improving the quality of
     learning and achievement for all students in San Mateo County by providing exemplary leadership
     and innovative, effective programs and services which enable local districts and the County Office
     to educate students to succeed.



 GOALS
 1. SMCOE will innovatively, efficiently, and effectively fulfill all statutory and mandated responsibilities.

 2. SMCOE will provide and coordinate services for local districts in an innovative, effective, and cost
    efficient way.

 3. SMCOE will actively work to erase San Mateo County’s Achievement Gap by:
    • Closing the School Readiness Gap through increased access to quality preschool for 3 and 4 year olds
    • Providing support to local districts to ensure every student successfully completes Algebra by the end
      of 8th grade
    • Working with teachers, leaders, and systems to ensure every student has access to academically
      rigorous, culturally responsive instruction and access to a support system that fosters academic success

 4. SMCOE will be California’s premiere provider of STEM professional development, ensuring all
    San Mateo County students have access to high quality STEM instruction and to a challenging array of
    STEM course offerings.

 5. SMCOE will actively promote effective and innovative teaching that meets the needs of 21st century
    students.


                              San Mateo County Board of Education




Susan Alvaro   Jim Cannon        Rhonda          Beverly J.       Rod Hsiao      Ted Lempert       Guillermo
                                 Ceccato          Gerard                                            (Memo)
                                                                                                   Morantes
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                    San Mateo County Office of Education
                          PA R T N E R S I N E D U C AT I O N A L E X C E L L E N C E



    The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE)
    provides leadership, coordination and a variety of
    instructional, business and consulting services to the
    County’s twenty-three public school districts, charter
    schools and the Community College District, thus
    enhancing their ability to provide quality educational
    programs.

    The County Office of Education also serves as an
    intermediate link between the California Department of
    Education and the local districts, helping to translate
    state initiatives and mandates into action at the commu-
    nity level, and coordinating relationships among public
    and private agencies for the benefit of public schools.


    The San Mateo County Office of Education’s main functions are:

    • Support and Regulatory
    SMCOE provides support and monitoring to school districts in a number of areas, including: fiscal oversight
    and assistance, financial auditing, information technology, payroll accounting, human resources, school
    district boundaries, state financial standards, compliance with the mandates of court-ordered settlements and
    teacher credential services.

    • Educational Leadership and Coordination
    The County Office annually provides resources and professional development to more than 5,000 public
    school personnel. SMCOE staff offer services in the areas of curriculum and instruction, assessment, library
    services, special education, early learning, career-technical education and staff development.

    • Direct Student Instruction
    SMCOE programs offer direct instruction for students with severe disabilities, wards of the Juvenile Court,
    youth for whom the regular educational programs offered by school districts are not effective, elementary
    students enrolled in Outdoor Education, high school and adult students in career-technical preparation
    through the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and other special groups.

    You may visit our Web site at www.smcoe.k12.ca.us for more information about our programs and services.
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San Mateo County Board of Education
The County Board of Education is comprised of seven members elected to four-year terms on a countywide
basis, each residing in the Trustee Area he/she represents. The Board adopts policies for the County Office of
Education; reviews and approves the annual budget of the County Office of Education; serves as the appellate
body for charter school petitions; hears interdistrict attendance appeals and district expulsion appeals; serves
as the governing board for the Regional Occupational Program (ROP); adopts the curriculum for Court and
Community Schools; and advocates on behalf of education at the local, county, state and national level.

Personnel Commission
The Personnel Commission is comprised of three members who must be registered voters, reside within the
jurisdiction of the San Mateo County Office of Education, and who have demonstrated through public or
private service evidence of support of the Merit System. One member of the Commission is appointed by the
County Board of Education, one member is selected by the collective bargaining groups, and the third
member is appointed by the other two members of the Commission. The Commission sets policy and oversees
the implementation of the Merit System in recruiting, selecting and promoting highly qualified classified staff
for the San Mateo County Office of Education. The term of office for each commissioner is three years.

County Superintendent of Schools
The County Superintendent of Schools is elected to a four-year
term and has the following responsibilities: administers the County
Office of Education and its programs; serves as an advocate for
public education; provides educational leadership in the County;
plans, organizes and directs the operation of services to school
districts; operates special schools and classes; facilitates collabora-
tive working relationships among school districts, universities and
colleges, state, county and local governmental agencies and
community organizations; and facilitates public awareness of
educational and legislative issues, trends and activities.

Superintendent’s Office
The Superintendent’s Office has primary responsibility for maintaining effective communications among all
segments of the educational community. This office disseminates information to the public about SMCOE
programs and services, designs and develops publications, coordinates public relations activities and serves as
the key liaison to the media.

The Superintendent’s Office validates and reviews petitions to the Superintendent (for special elections), to
the County Board of Education (for charter schools), and to the County Committee on School District
Organization (for district boundary changes and consolidations).

The Superintendent’s Office hosts the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) satellite site for San Mateo
County, and offices for the San Mateo County Special Olympics, the 17th District Parent Teacher Association,
the Peninsula Athletic League and the Alliance for Teaching.
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                  San Mateo County School District Boundaries
          ELEMENTARY • HIGH SCHOOL • UNIFIED • COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS


                                                                                                                       San Mateo County School Districts

                                                                                                                       Bayshore Elementary
                                                                                                                       Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary
                                                                                                                       Brisbane Elementary
                                                                                                                       Burlingame Elementary
                                                                                                                       Cabrillo Unified
                                                                                                                       Hillsborough City Elementary
                                                                                                                       Jefferson Elementary
                                                                                                                       Jefferson Union High
                                                                                                                       La Honda-Pescadero Unified
                                                                                                                       Las Lomitas Elementary
                                                                                                                       Menlo Park City Elementary
                                                                                                                       Millbrae Elementary
                                                                                                                       Pacifica
                                                                                                                       Portola Valley Elementary
                                                                                                                       Ravenswood City Elementary
                                                                                                                       Redwood City Elementary
                                                                                                                       San Bruno Park Elementary
                                                                                                                       San Carlos Elementary
                                                                                                                       San Mateo-Foster City
                                                                                                                       San Mateo Union High
                                                                                                                       Sequoia Union High
                                                                                                                       South San Francisco Unified
                                                                                                                       Woodside Elementary



                                                                                                                       San Mateo County Community
                                                                                                                       College District
                                                                                                                       Cañada College
                                                                                                                       College of San Mateo
                                                                                                                       Skyline College


    Jefferson Union High School District
      Bayshore
      Brisbane                                                                    Sequoia Union High School District
      Jefferson                                                                    Belmont
      Pacifica                                                                     Las Lomitas
                                                                                   Menlo Park City
                                                                                   Portola Valley
                                           San Mateo Union High School District
                                                                                   Ravenswood City
                                            Burlingame
                                                                                   Redwood City
                                            Hillsborough City
                                                                                   San Carlos
                                            Millbrae
    Cabrillo Unified School District                                               Woodside
                                            San Bruno Park
                                             San Mateo-Foster City
                                                                                  San Mateo County Community
                                                                                  College District
                                                                                   Cabrillo Unified
    La Honda-Pescadero Unified             South San Francisco Unified             Jefferson Union High
    School District                        School District                         La Honda - Pescadero Unified
                                                                                    San Mateo Union High
                                                                                    Sequoia Union High
                                                                                    South San Francisco Unified


     High school districts are listed with feeder elementary districts. Boundaries represented are not exact.
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                                San Mateo County Schools
                                                BY THE NUMBERS

92,124 students enrolled in K-12 schools in San Mateo County
                                                                           San Mateo County Schools
23 school districts in San Mateo County

183 schools in San Mateo County

5,843 certificated staff in San Mateo County schools

1,351 students served by San Mateo County Court and
Community Schools

5,000 public school personnel provided with resources and
professional development through the San Mateo County
Office of Education

$1.1 billion local school district funds monitored and
reviewed through the San Mateo County Office of Education
District Business Services                                                            23 Districts
15,378 public school employees whose payroll and warrants                             183 Schools
are processed by the San Mateo County Office of Education
District Business Services                                                          92,124 Students
More than 5,000 fifth- and sixth-grade students attend
Outdoor Education, a program of the San Mateo County
Office of Education, at Jones Gulch in La Honda

More than 6,000 high school students and adults receive career and technical preparation through the San Mateo
County Office of Education Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

362 students enrolled in County Special Education classes

10,325 students enrolled in Special Education programs throughout San Mateo County

890 children, ages 3 and 4 years, are enrolled in quality preschool and family literacy services at 38 sites throughout
San Mateo County under contract to the County Superintendent of Schools

66 San Mateo County schools met all Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria under No Child Left Behind in 2011

99 San Mateo County schools received a 2011 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) score of 800 or above

8 San Mateo County school districts scored within the top 100 API scores in the state in 2011

Note: The data referenced on this By the Numbers page are for 2010-2011.
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                                                  Demographics
                        P U B L I C S C H O O L S I N S A N M AT E O C O U N T Y


    San Mateo County Public School Students
    Since 2007, enrollment has remained stable, increasing slightly each year.



                          K-12 Enrollment                                     2010-2011 Enrollment
         100,000       89,941      91,373        92,124
                                                                       K-8 students                      64,400
          80,000
                                                                       9-12 students                     27,724
                                                                       Total Student Enrollment          92,124
          60,000


          40,000
                                                                          Certificated Staff 2010-2011
          20,000
                                                                            Teachers                  5,026
              0
                                                                            Administrators              419
                     2008-2009    2009-2010     2010-2011                   Pupil Services Staff        438
                                                                            Total Certi cated Sta     5,843




                       Schools 2010-2011                                         Districts 2010-2011
                   Elementary Schools              91                    Elementary School                    17
                   Middle Schools                  29                    High School                           3
                   K-8 Schools                     16                    Unified                               3
                   K-12 Schools                    1                     County Office of Education            1
                   High Schools                   23                     Community College                     1
                   Continuation High Schools       6                     Total Districts                      25
                   Community College Campuses      3
                   Adult Education Centers         5
                   County Community Schools        5
                   Court Schools                   3
                   Home School Programs            1
                   Total Schools                 183


           Source: San Mateo County Office of Education
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                                      Changing Demographics

Ethnic, Language and Socioeconomic Diversity in San Mateo County
The ethnic composition of the student population has changed dramatically over the past decade. The percent-
age of white students has declined while the percentage of other ethnic groups has grown.

                                                Student Ethnicity 2010-2011

                        Two or more races 5,242 (5.6%)          All Other 3,539 (3.8%)

                 Pacific Islander 2,298 (2.4%)

                        Filipino 6,964 (7.5%)
                                                                                          White 26,585 (28.8%)


                  Asian 10,951 (11.8%)

                                                                                          African American 2,596 (2.8%)


            Hispanic or Latino 33,949 (36.8%)




                Changes in Student Ethnicity                                           English Learners 2009-2010

                           2003-2004      2008-2009      2010-2011                  Total Student Enrollment           91,371
                                                                                    Spanish English Learners           16,484
   White                     36.0%             32.0%       28.8%
                                                                                    Filipino English Learners           1,601
   Hispanic or Latino        33.1%             35.0%       36.8%                    All Other English Learners          2,709


   All Others                30.9%             33.0%       34.4%                 In San Mateo County, 25% of K-12 students
                                                                                 are English Language Learners.

 Although San Mateo County is considered a wealthy county, almost one-third of its students are low-income.

     Percentage of Students Participating in the National Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program
                                     2005-2006         2006-2007        2007-2008           2008-2009            2009-2010

           San Mateo County            32.0%            31.7%            32.9%               33.7%                35.6%
           California                  51.1%            50.7%            50.9%               53.5%                55.9%


    Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest
    http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest
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                                                             Awards
    2010-2011 California Distinguished Schools
    • The California Distinguished School Award identifies and honors schools that have demonstrated educational
      excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap.

    • In order to apply for the Distinguished School Award, schools must meet the eligibility criteria for AYP, API,
      and closing the achievement gap.
    • The criteria for school selection are based on the submission of an application, including a comprehensive
      description of two of the school’s successful signature practices, and an application review.

    • Elementary and secondary (middle and high) schools are recognized in alternate years.


                    2010 California Distinguished                                2011 California Distinguished
                         Elementary Schools                                             Middle Schools
      School                       District
                                                                     School                              District
      Franklin Elementary          Burlingame Elementary
                                                                     Crocker Middle School               Hillsborough City
      North Hillsborough           Hillsborough City
                                                                     La Entrada Middle School            Las Lomitas Elementary
      Las Lomitas Elementary       Las Lomitas Elementary
                                                                     Corte Madera Middle School          Portola Valley Elementary
      Lomita Park                  Millbrae Elementary
      Ormondale Elementary         Portola Valley
                                                                    Source: California Department of Education
      Adelante Spanish Immersion   Redwood City Elementary
                                                                    http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/cs/disting2009.asp
      North Star Academy           Redwood City Elementary
      Baywood Elementary           San Mateo-Foster City
      Meadow Heights Elementary    San Mateo-Foster City
      Buri Buri Elementary         South San Francisco Unified
      Monte Verde Elementary       South San Francisco Unified
      Skyline Elementary           South San Francisco Unified




    National Board Certified Teachers 2010
    • The only national standard for teacher excellence is
      the successful completion of the National Board
      Certification for Teachers (NBCT).                                National Board Certified Teachers 2010
    • Developed in 1987, NBCT requires a highly rigorous                                     San Mateo County             California
      process taking between one and three years to
      complete.                                                  Number of National
                                                                                                   89                        4,910
                                                                 Board Certified Teachers
    • Nationwide, the number of NBCTs has nearly tripled
      in the past eight years (from more than 32,000 in          Percentage of Total
                                                                                                  1.8%                       1.6%
                                                                 Number of Teachers
      2003 to more than 91,000 in 2010).

    • San Mateo County has a slightly higher percentage of        Source: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
      NBCTs than the state average.                               http://www.nbpts.org/
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                                                   Awards
San Mateo County School Board Association J. Russell Kent Awards 2011
• The San Mateo County School Boards Association recognizes exemplary programs in San Mateo County
  schools and community colleges through the annual J. Russell Kent Awards.
• The awards were initiated in 1980-1981 and named after J. Russell Kent, who served as San Mateo County
  Superintendent of Schools from 1967-1979.
• In order to receive an award, programs must submit an application in the fall, and then are screened and
  evaluated by the San Mateo County School Boards Association.
• A total of 19 programs from 1 high school district and 7 elementary districts throughout San Mateo County
  received awards in 2011.
• Award winners are honored at a banquet in the spring.


           San Mateo County School Board Association J. Russell Kent Awards 2011

     Program                                School                              School District


     Fifth Grade Service Program            Cipriani Elementary School          Belmont Redwood Shores
     After-School Enrichment Program        Sandpiper Elementary School         Belmont Redwood Shores
     Project Based Learning                 Burlingame Intermediate School      Burlingame
     Personal Learning Plan Program         Half Moon Bay High School           Cabrillo Unified
     Fernando Rivera School Peacekeepers    Fernando Rivera School              Jefferson Elementary
     The Spectrum Program                   Adult Division/State Preschool      Jefferson Elementary and Jefferson Union High
     News Segments                          William H. Crocker Middle School    Hillsborough City
     Advisory                               Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School        Pacifica
     Celebrate Diversity Day                Ocean Shore School                  Pacifica
     Take-Home Reading Program              Adelante Spanish Immersion School   Redwood City
     Compacting Curriculum and              North Star Academy                  Redwood City
        Differentiated Instruction
     Performing and Fine Arts               Orion School                        Redwood City
     Proud to Be Healthy and Green          Rollingwood Elementary School       San Bruno Park
     SDC Pre-School Program                 Arundel School                      San Carlos
     After School Reading and Math Clubs    Heather School                      San Carlos
     Workability Activity Resource Center   Workability Activity Resource       San Mateo County Office of Education
        Special Education Program            Center at El Portal

     Recycling and Composting Program       San Mateo Park School               San Mateo Foster City
     Bowditch Unites Children and
                                            Bowditch Middle School              San Mateo Foster City
        Community for Safety
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                        Teachers in San Mateo County
                                           Teachers in San Mateo County

                                 2005-2006        2006-2007         2007-2008        2008-2009           2009-2010

     Number of Teachers            4,773            4,787              4,732            4,872             5,026
      White                        80.0%            79.0%              78.6%            78.3%             77.2%

      Hispanic/Latino              7.8%             8.1%               8.3%             8.3%              9.2%

      Asian                        5.8%             6.1%               6.3%             6.8%              6.7%

      Other                        6.4%             6.8%               6.8%             6.6%              6.9%

      Average Teacher Salary       $63,600          $67,030            $68,121          $69,203           $71,415

      Average Years Teaching       12.6             12.6               12.4             12.2              12.7

      Percentage of 1st and
                                   13.5%            12.5%              13.0%            12.3%             8.4%
      2nd Year Teachers

      Percentage Fully
                                   93.7%            95.4%              96.2%            96.5%      Data not collected
      Credentialed
      Percentage With a
      Master’s Degree              33.7%            35.0%              34.6%            35.5%             38.4%
      or Higher

     Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest & Ed-Data http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest
     http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us San Mateo County Office of Education



                                       School Finances
                               San Mateo County Revenue & Expenditures
                                         Per Student 2009-2010

                                                 Elementary        High School          Unified
                                                Districts (K-8)   Districts (9-12)   Districts (K-12)

               Revenue Limit Sources               $7,158           $9,762               $7,204
               Other State Revenue                 $1,099           $1,011               $1,168
               Other Local Revenue                 $1,747           $855                 $692
               Federal Revenue                     $592             $723                 $619
               Total Revenue                       $10,596          $12,350              $9,684

               Expenditure (Lowest District)       $7,289           $9,093               $7,775
               Expenditure (Average)               $10,634          $11,204              $9,192
               Expenditure (Highest District)      $19,616          $12,768              $11,094


               Source: San Mateo County Office of Education
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                                               School Finances
                                          2009-2010 K-12 Spending Comparisons
                                                                    California California Rest of U.S.
                                                                      Rank


                        K-12 Spending as a Percentage                   46         3.28%       4.25%
                        of Personal Income (2008-09)*
                        Number of K-12 Students                         50         21.3        13.8
                        Per Teacher (2009-10)*
                        Number of K-12 Students                         46         358         216
                        Per Administrator (2007-08)
                        Number of K-12 Students Per                     49         809         440
                        Guidance Counselor (2007-08)
                        Number of K-12 Students                         50         5,038       809
                        Per Librarian (2007-08)



                      Source: California Budget Project, School Finance Facts, June 2010
                      *2008-2009 and 2009-2010 data are estimated.


           2009-2010 Per Pupil Expenditures
                            By State

   State                       Education         Per Pupil
                              Week Grade        Expenditure

   Wyoming                         A-             $17,114
   California                      C              $8,852
   Nevada                          D              $8,228
   National Average                C              $11,223

  Source: Education Week, Quality Counts


• The per pupil expenditure in California is $8,852 – well
  below the national average of $11,223.

• Education Week gave California a grade of “C” for school finance.

• Education Week based their ranking on an analysis of National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
  data for 2007-2008, the most recent school finance data available on a national level.

• According to the California Budget Project, California ranked 44th in the nation for K-12 per student
  expenditures in 2009-2010.
                                                                               Source: Education Week, Quality Counts 2011
                                                                               California State Budget Project, June 2010
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                                                   Preschool
     Enrollment and Availability

                                    Preschool Enrollment (Ages 3 & 4) 2009

                                                  San Mateo County

                         Total number of 3- and 4-year-olds                 22,385

                         Total enrolled in preschool                        13,431
                         Percentage of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled          61%

                Source: U.S. Census; American Community Survey
                San Mateo County Child Care and Early Learning Needs Assessment, 2009

 • Preschool enrollment has increased in San Mateo County over the past
   10 years and is meeting 78% of the need. However, an estimated 4,507
   preschoolers ages 2 to 5 still need a full- or part-day space.

 • Full-day preschool enrollment has only risen slightly over the past
   decade despite the fact that over 60% of San Mateo County households
   with children under 5 years of age report that parents are working.

 • Generally the number of available publicly subsidized preschool
   spaces has not kept pace with the number of low-income students. In
   addition, there is an anticipated 15% reduction in publicly subsidized
   spaces in 2011-2012 due to state budget cuts.




                                                            Availability of Publicly Subsidized Preschool Spaces
                                                                      for Children Ages 2 to 5 Years in
                                                                           San Mateo County 2009
                                                                 Full Day                                     1,362
                                                                 Part Day                                     1,792
                                                                 Total                                        3,154
                                                                 Number of                                    5,244
                                                                 Eligible Students
                                                                 Gap                                          2,090
                                                                 (Eligible Students
                                                                 Without a Preschool Space)


                                                     Source: San Mateo County Childcare and Early Learning Needs Assessment 2009
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                             Supporting Quality Preschool
            “The San Mateo Office of Education will actively work to erase San Mateo County’s
            achievement gap by closing the School Readiness Gap through increased access to
            quality preschool for 3 and 4 year olds.”

         Source: San Mateo County Office of Education, Superintendent’s Office - Goals

• In 2010-11, the Early Childhood Language Development Institute (ECLDI) provided parent education and
  professional development for 307 parents of preschool dual language learners, and 250 early childhood
  educators to support strong literacy in both home language and culture and to strengthen culturally inclusive
  family-teacher partnerships.

• The Early Childhood Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP) is a three-year multi-partner project funded by
  First 5 San Mateo County. It is primarily focused on improving the quality of existing programs serving
  children ages 0 – 5 countywide. In 2010-11, EQuIP provided:
       More than 2,000 children and their families with early learning school and home activities through
       the Virtual Pre-K program in 73 classrooms countywide.

       More than 5,000 children and families with opportunities to increase early literacy skills through
       the Raising A Reader® book-bag program.

       More than 2,300 ECE students at Cañada College and Skyline College with textbook loans, career
       and academic advising, and coursework to improve teacher knowledge and practices.

       More than 246 teachers with a series of professional development seminars including quality
       infant-toddler care, social-emotional learning fundamentals, improving early childhood
       classroom learning environments, and more.

• In 2010-11, 890 children were enrolled in San Mateo County Office of Education State Preschool Programs.

       The San Mateo County Office of Education administers State Preschool services under subcontracts
       to 16 agencies at 38 separate locations throughout the County.

       San Mateo County Office of Education State Preschool Programs provide both full and part-day
       preschool and family literacy services to eligible 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income
       families in San Mateo County.

       Local school districts and other agencies (e.g. Head Start) also offer preschool programs.

      “50 years of evidence shows that high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten is one of the best strategies
      for improving education outcomes. High-quality pre-K saves taxpayers money; increases key
      measures of student learning including early literacy, math and vocabulary; improves children's
      cognitive, social and emotional skills; decreases the need for grade retention and special education
      services and helps to close the achievement gap.”

        Source: PreK Now
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                                 Academic Performance
                                    ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

 California Standards Test (CST): English Language Arts 2010-2011

                                                CST Performance 2010-2011: Percent Proficient and Above
 • Students are tested in grades 2-11.                   English Language Arts (Grades 2-11)
                                            80%
   The percent proficient is shown here                                                              SAN MATEO COUNTY


   for grades 2, 5, 8 and 11.               70%
                                                                                                     STATE OF CALIFORNIA

                                            60%
 • Overall, San Mateo County students
   outperform their peers statewide on      50%
   the California Standards Test (CST).
                                            40%
   There are large differences, however,
   in subgroup performance within the       30%
   County. (See the chart below for
                                            20%
   subgroup performance.)
                                            10%

                                                0       Grade 2            Grade 5       Grade 8      Grade 11




                              CST Performance 2008-2011 by Subgroup: Percent Proficient and Above
                                              English Language Arts (Grades 2-11)
                                                                                           2008    2009      2010          2011

                                    Ethnicity                     Asian                    76%     79%       79%           81%
                                                                  White                    74%     78%       79%           80%
                                                                  Filipino                 55%     59%       62%           61%
                                                                  African American         33%     38%       40%           41%
                                                                  Hispanic/Latino          32%     37%       40%           42%
                                                                  Pacific Islander         31%     36%       37%           39%

                                    Economic                      Economically
                                                                                           30%     35%       38%           39%
                                    Status                        Disadvantaged

                                    Student                       Students With            23%     27%       30%           32%
                                    Classification                Disabilities

                                                                  Students Without         58%     62%       63%           65%
                                                                  Disabilities

                                    Language                      English Learners         18%     23%       26%           28%
                                    Fluency
                                                                  English Only             66%     71%       73%           74%

                                 Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest
                                 http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest
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                                   Academic Performance
                                                  M AT H E M AT I C S

California Standards Test (CST): Mathematics 2010-2011

• Students are tested in grades 2-11.              CST Performance 2010-2011: Percent Proficient and Above
  Only the scores for selected grades                      Mathematics (Grades 2-11) SAN MATEO COUNTY
                                                  80%
  and subjects are shown here.
                                                  70%                                                                       STATE OF CALIFORNIA


• Overall, San Mateo County
                                                  60%
  students outperform their peers
  statewide on the California Standards           50%
  Test (CST). There are large
                                                  40%
  differences, however, in subgroup
  performance within the County.                  30%
  (See the chart below for subgroup
                                                  20%
  performance.)
                                                  10%

                                                    0              Grade 2   Grade 5   Grade 7   General Math Algebra I Algebra II   Geometry Integrated   Summative
                                                                                                                                               Math I       HS Math




  CST Performance 2008-2011 by Subgroup: Percent Proficient and Above
                      Mathematics (Grades 2-11)
                                                            2008         2009          2010         2011

     Ethnicity                 Asian                        74%          76%           77%          81%
                               White                        64%          67%           69%          71%
                               Filipino                     50%          51%           52%          54%
                               African American             26%          29%           30%          33%
                               Hispanic/Latino              32%          35%           38%          41%
                               Pacific Islander             31%          34%           36%          40%

     Economic                  Economically                 32%          35%           38%          40%
     Status                    Disadvantaged

     Student                   Students With                25%          28%           30%          33%
     Classification            Disabilities

                               Students Without             53%          54%           58%          59%
                               Disabilities

     Language                  English Learners             30%          33%           38%          41%

                               English Only                 58%          61%           63%          65%

    Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest
    http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest
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                                              Academic Performance
                                 CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM

 Pass Rate for Grade 10 First-Time Test-Takers
 • All California students take the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) in grade 10. If they don’t
   pass it, they have multiple opportunities to take it again. High school students must pass the CAHSEE in
   order to graduate.

 • San Mateo County students had a higher pass rate when taking the test for the first time than their peers
   statewide.

                    Pass Rate for Grade 10
             First-Time Test-Takers in 2010-2011
     100%                               SAN MATEO COUNTY
                                                                          CAHSEE Performance
                                    STATE OF CALIFORNIA
                                                                          by Subgroup 2010-2011
     80%
                                                                                        ELA    Math

                                                                    All Students        86%    87%
     60%                                                            Male                82%    86%
                                                                    Female              90%    89%
                                                                    African American    74%    70%
                                                                    Asian               92%    97%
     40%                                                            Filipino            89%    93%
                                                                    Hispanic/Latino     76%    78%
                                                                    Pacific Islander    72%    75%
                                                                    White               95%    95%
     20%                                                            English Learners    46%    62%
                                                                    Economically
                                                                     Disadvantaged      72%    76%
                                                                    Special Education   45%    46%
        0
                English Language Arts        Mathematics


            Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest
            http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest
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                                   Academic Performance
                  THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE INDEX (API)

The API and Statewide Accountability
 • The Academic Performance Index (API) is a California measure of school accountability. Based on test data,
   schools and districts are given a score between 200 and 1,000. The target for all schools and districts is 800.
 • The API is based on year-over-year test score performance through a two-year cycle. The Base score is for the
   first year and the Growth score is for the second year.
 • Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not a school or district’s test score performance has
   improved from one year to the next.

The API and San Mateo County Schools
 • In 2011 in San Mateo County, 71.3% of elementary schools, 56.0% of middle schools and 28.6% of high
   schools met the API target of 800.

 • 8 districts ranked in the top 100 in the state.

2011 API Growth
 • Each school that does not meet the target of 800 in its Base API score is given a target (5% of the distance to
   800) to meet the Growth API score the next year.

 • This chart shows the percentage of schools that met their schoolwide and subgroup Growth targets in 2011.


                                                   2011 API Growth

                  School Type           Percentage Meeting       Percentage Meeting   Percentage Meeting
                                        Schoolwide               Subgroup             Schoolwide & Subgroup
                                        Growth Target            Growth Targets       Growth Targets


                  Elementary Schools       87.6%                   58.1%                 57.1%
                  Middle Schools           80.0%                   52.0%                 52.0%
                  High Schools             70.4%                   48.1%                 33.3%
                  All Schools              83.4%                   55.4%                 52.2%


                  Source: San Mateo County Office of Education
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                                        Academic Performance
                                     NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (NCLB)

 No Child Left Behind and Federal Accountability
     Under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, districts and
     schools are required to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward
     meeting the national goal of having all students proficient in English
     language arts and mathematics by 2014.
 San Mateo County Schools Meeting AYP Criteria in 2011
 The AYP criteria include the following:
            • 95% participation rate on the California Standards Test (CST)
              and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
            • Percent proficient on the English language arts and
              mathematics tests (varies based on type of school)
            • API of at least 710 or 1 point growth
            • Graduation rate (high schools/districts only): 2011 AYP graduation rate of at least 90% or 2011 fixed
              growth target rate for a school or an LEA or 2011 variable growth target rate for a school or an LEA


                               San Mateo County Schools Meeting AYP Criteria in 2011

                      AYP Criteria         Total Number of      Number of Schools   Percentage of Schools
                                               Schools           Meeting Criteria     Meeting Criteria

                      All Criteria               174                    66                 37.9%

                      Met Criteria-ELA           174                    86                 49.4%
                      Met Criteria-Math          174                    92                 52.9%
                      API                        163                    151                92.6%
                      Graduation Rate             26                    20                 76.9%

                      Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest
                      http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest

 NCLB: Now and In the Future
 • Proficiency requirements increase more than 10% annually in order to meet the federal mandate that all
   students be proficient in English language arts and mathematics by 2014.

     • NCLB requires annual increases in student proficiency at far higher rates than ever achieved previously – a
       significant challenge for San Mateo County schools as well as schools across the country.

     • As the 2014 deadline approaches, the proportion of schools failing to make adequate yearly progress under
       the No Child Left Behind Act keeps rising. In 2010, 38 percent of all schools in the U.S. – up 5 percentage
       points from 2009 – did not make AYP.
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                                        Academic Performance
                                      GRADUATES AND DROPOUTS
Graduation and Dropout Rates
• In 2009-10, for the first time, the                                 Graduation Rate, 2009-2010
  California Department of Education                               Cohort Students     Cohort Graduates Cohort Graduation Rate
  (CDE) collected four years of student
                                                California              519,247          386,222                 74.4%
  longitudinal data through the use of
                                                San Mateo County          6,668             5,409                81.1%
  Statewide Student Identifiers (SSID).         African American            318               213                67.0%
  The use of SSIDs has allowed the CDE          Asian                       929               848                91.3%
  to individually track the pathways of         Filipino                    656               555                84.6%
  the Class of 2010 cohort. This cohort         Hispanic or Latino        2,168             1,562                72.1%
  of students entered high school as            Pacific Islander            218               143                65.6%
                                                White                     2,113             1,867                88.4%
  freshmen in 2006-07, and would have
                                                Two or More Races           178               173                97.2%
  been expected to graduate four years          English Learners            995               615                61.8%
  later in 2009-10. Due to the use of           Special Education           786               480                61.1%
  the SSIDs over the past four years,           Socioeconomically         2,835             2,086                73.6%
  the CDE was able to track each                Disadvantaged

  student’s pathway to determine whether       Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest http://data1.cde/ca/gov/dataquest
  they graduated on time, dropped out of
  high school, or were part of a small percentage of students who were neither graduates nor dropouts (i.e.
  fifth-year graduates, non-diploma special education students, GED recipients).

• Due to the different method of calculation, graduate and dropout data from 2009-10 cannot be compared to
  previous years’ data. The 2009-10 graduate and dropout data will now serve as the baseline in 2011.

• The use of SSIDs increases accountability for districts to find students who stop coming to school. It also
  helps districts identify students who were considered dropouts at a school they left who in fact were
  enrolled in a different district. The data also allow CDE to identify students reported by a school district as
  transferring to another California school district but who cannot be found subsequently enrolled. These
  students are now properly counted as dropouts rather than transfers.

• Traditional high school dropout                                            Dropout Rate, 2009-2010
  rates in San Mateo County tend                                           Cohort Students   Cohort Dropouts   Cohort Dropout Rate

  to be lower than the state rate and                  California Cohort Students Cohort Dropouts Cohort Dropout Rate
                                                                             519,247         94,312            18.2%
  graduation rates tend to be higher                   San Mateo County         6,668           896            13.4%
  because many at-risk students                        African American           318            76            23.9%
                                                       Asian                      929            64              6.9%
  are placed in county-run dropout
                                                       Filipino                   656            74            11.3%
  recovery or alternative educational                  Hispanic or Latino       2,168           415            19.1%
  programs. If they drop out,                          Pacific Islander           218            57            26.2%
  the dropout will be attributed                       White                    2,113           173              8.2%
  to the county-run or educational                     Two or More Races          178             4              2.3%
  option program rather than the                       English Learners           995           258            25.9%
  traditional high school.                             Special Education          786           147            18.7%
                                                       Socioeconomically        2,835           491            17.3%
       Source: California Department of Education,     Disadvantaged
       DataQuest http://data1.cde/ca/gov/dataquest
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                                      Academic Performance
                              P R E PA R AT I O N F O R H I G H E R E D U C AT I O N




     SAT Exams                                                Average SAT Scores 2009-2010                       San Mateo County

                                                                                                                 California Public
                                                                                                                 Schools

     • Compared to their peers across the           600                                                          National
       nation, a relatively high number of San
       Mateo County students take the SAT.
                                                    500
     • San Mateo County students consistently
       score higher than their peers in the state   400
       and across the nation on this test.
                                                    300


                                                    200


                                                    100


                                                      0
                                                               Critical Reading       Mathematics           Writing

                                                    Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest and College Board
                                                            http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest http://www.collegeboard.com
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                                     Academic Performance
                             P R E PA R AT I O N F O R H I G H E R E D U C AT I O N

Average ACT Scores                                            36            Average ACT Scores         SAN MATEO COUNTY

• An increasing number of students in San                                                              STATE OF CALIFORNIA
                                                              25
  Mateo County take the ACT college
  admissions test, in addition to or instead of               20
  the SAT. This is likely due to greater
                                                              15
  acceptance of the test by the UC and CSU
  systems.                                                    10

                                                               5
• The ACT is scored on a scale of 1-36.
                                                               0
                                                                       2006-07     2007-08   2009-09      2009-10
• Students in San Mateo County consistently
  outperform students statewide.
                                                              Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest and ACT
                                                              http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest
                                                              http://www.act.org/



                                        Advanced Placement Qualifying Rate*

                                    2004-2005     2005-2006        2006-2007     2007-2008   2008-2009       2009-2010


          California                  21.2%        26.3%            23.2%          23.6%       25.3%           27.1%
          San Mateo County            31.1%        38.4%            35.8%          37.3%       40.0%           42.8%




     * Number of AP exams with a score of 3 or higher, divided by total Grade 11 and Grade 12 enrollment
        Source: California Department of Education, DataQuest and College Board
        http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest
        http://www.collegeboard.com


Advanced Placement Qualifying Rate
• The Advanced Placement (AP) program, administered by the College Board, currently offers 30 courses and
  exams across multiple subject areas. Schools vary in which AP courses they offer.

• Students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP tests can bypass introductory courses and enter with college
  credit at many colleges and universities. Each college sets its own policy on college credit and advancement to
  high level courses for successfully completing AP exams.

• The AP qualifying rate is on the rise in San Mateo County and is higher than the statewide rate.
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                                         Academic Performance
                                P R E PA R AT I O N F O R H I G H E R E D U C AT I O N

     Higher Education Enrollment                           Percentage of Public High School Graduates Attending
                                                       80%   Higher Education in California Public Institutions
     • More than half of all San Mateo County
       public high school graduates go on to           70%                                        SAN MATEO COUNTY


       public higher education in California.
                                                                                                  STATE OF CALIFORNIA
                                                       60%

                                                       50%
     • This number is consistently higher than
       the state average.                              40%

                                                       30%
     • Statewide data are not collected on
                                                       20%
       students who attend private colleges in
       California or any institution, public or        10%
       private, outside of California.                    0        2007            2008                2009

                                                         Source: California Postsecondary Education Commission
                                                         www.cpec.ca.gov/StudentData/CollegeGoingRates.asp



             80%             Percentage of San Mateo County Public High School Graduates Attending
                               Higher Education in California Public Institutions by Ethnicity - 2009
             70%


             60%


             50%


             40%


             30%


             20%


             10%


                0
                     Asian/Pacific Islander   African American      Filipino         Hispanic/Latino                White


              Source: California Postsecondary Education Commission
              www.cpec.ca.gov/StudentData/CollegeGoingRates.asp
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                                                Charter Schools
• Charter schools are public schools that are created or
  organized by a group of teachers, parents, community leaders                    San Mateo County Charter School
  or a community-based organization.                                                   Enrollment 2010-2011

                                                                              Number of Schools                   13
• Charters are approved for up to five years, and renewed for                 Enrollment                          5,182
  periods of five years.
                                                                                  San Mateo County Charter School
                                                                                        Teachers 2009-2010
• These schools have flexibility in structuring academic
                                                                              Full-Time Equivalent Teachers 327.5
  programs, hiring teachers and carrying out other functions.                 Students per Teacher          18.3

• Since the passage of charter school legislation in California in
                                                                             Source: Ed-Data, California Department of Education
  1992, the number of charter schools in the state has increased             http:www.ed-data.k12.ca.us
  each year. There are currently 749 charter schools in California.          http://www.cde.ca.gov




                              Charter Schools in San Mateo County 2011-2012

       School                                          District                                  Grade Level

       Arundel School                                  San Carlos Elementary School District      K-4
       Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School            Ravenswood Elementary School District      K-8
       Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy           Sequoia Union High School District         9-12
       Brittan Acres School                            San Carlos Elementary School District      K-4
       California Virtual Academy@San Mateo            Jefferson Elementary School District       K-12; Independent study
                                                                                                         online instruction
       Everest Public High School                      State Board of Education                   9-12
       Heather School                                  San Carlos Elementary School District      K-4
       San Carlos Charter Learning Center              San Carlos Elementary School District      K-8
       Stanford New School/East Palo Alto Academy High Ravenswood Elementary School District      9-12
       Summit Preparatory Charter High School          Sequoia Union High School District         9-12
       Tierra Linda Middle School                      San Carlos Elementary School District      5-8
       White Oaks Elementary                           San Carlos Elementary School District      K-4



     Source: San Mateo County Office of Education
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             San Mateo County Office of Education Services
     The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE)              District Business Services
     provides a variety of instructional, business and consult-    District Business Services accounts for over 1.1 billion
     ing services to the County’s twenty-three public school       dollars per year while acting as an intermediary between
     districts, charter schools, the Community College             local districts and county, state and federal agencies. It
     District, and County Office of Education staff.               monitors and reviews accounting, budgeting and payroll
                                                                   functions for school districts within San Mateo County.
     Office of the Superintendent                                  District Business Services provides support services to
                                                                   maximize revenues and ensure accuracy and consistency,
     In addition to providing educational leadership in the        thus helping districts meet legal requirements in fiscal
     County and a general office-wide supervisory role (as         areas. It is responsible for reviewing and approving all
     described on page 3), the Superintendent administers two      district budgets and interim fiscal reports. It annually
     programs (described below) that are housed in the             processes W-2 forms, prepares federal, state, Social
     Superintendent’s Office.                                      Security, Medicare and unemployment reports, and runs
                                                                   monthly accounting reports for the Public Employees and
     Human Resources                                               State Teachers Retirement Systems (PERS and STRS).
     The Human Resources Department provides a broad               The unit processes all vendor warrants and runs payroll
     range of personnel support services to County Office of       for approximately 15,378 employees in the districts and
     Education staff, including labor relations and negotia-       County Office. The unit executes the County Superinten-
     tions. Human Resources also advises and assists school        dent’s responsibility for budgetary control of school
     districts in the County by providing direct credentialing     district funds, distribution of district revenues, and prepa-
     services and collaborative support in areas such as:          ration and computation of the state reports that generate
     recruitment and selection; employer-employee relations;       the majority of district revenues.
     personnel policies and practices; performance appraisal
     processes; implementation of new regulations; Live Scan       Information Technology Services
     fingerprinting services; and general problem solving of       Information Technology Services provides technical
     employment-related issues.                                    services to SMCOE staff and students, and to school
                                                                   districts in San Mateo County. These services include:
     Personnel Commission Services                                 • Design, implementation, training and support for
     This program oversees a civil service (merit) system of         SMCOE’s financial system, which includes accounting,
     personnel management for County Office of Education             payroll, credentials and reports
     classified employees. It ensures that selection, promotion    • Project management services related to financial systems
     and retention are on the basis of merit and fitness,            to all districts and charter schools in the County
     determined by a competitive examination. Personnel            • Internet services
     Commission staff also consult with and advise school          • LAN and WAN infrastructure management and support
     district human resources directors on matters concerning        services for all SMCOE sites
     employment law, recruiting and selection, job evaluation,     • Development, management and support of the SMCOE
     position classification and the development of personnel        Web site
     policies.                                                     • Microcomputer support for PC and Macintosh desktops,
                                                                     printers and peripheral devices for SMCOE staff
     Fiscal and Operational Services Division

     The Fiscal and Operational Services Division provides a       Internet services are provided to districts on a contract
     wide range of services to districts and County Office staff   basis. The County Office is connected to the Digital
     – some as part of the County Office of Education’s            California Project (DCP), a statewide network that
     responsibility under the law and others that have been        provides California’s K-12 schools access to the high
     developed to help districts with financial management.        performance network used by the University of California
                                                                   and the California State University.
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        San Mateo County Office of Education Services
Internal Business Services                                     Education teachers, from twenty districts in San Mateo-
Internal Business Services provides fiscal management          County. The program helps educators develop knowledge
and general facilities support for the County Office of        and skills defined by the California Standards for the
Education. Responsibilities include control of a budget        Teaching Profession. Participants attend professional
with expenditures in excess of $127 million; full financial    development sessions specifically designed for new
accounting and reporting for County Office programs;           teachers and receive coaching from advisors who observe
payroll for over 500 SMCOE regular and part-time               them, help plan lessons, provide feedback, teach demon-
employees; accounts payable and receivable; contracts          stration lessons and offer other support. Successful
and purchasing; facilities management (including leases,       completion of the two-year program results in a clear
conference room reservations and ADA compliance);              credential for the teacher.
custodial and maintenance services; courier service to
districts; shipping and receiving; telecommunications;         Child, Youth and Family Services
energy management; and emergency preparedness.                 This program provides planning, development and techni-
                                                               cal assistance services for children, youth and families in
Instructional Services Division                                order to develop productive relationships among schools,
                                                               agencies and communities, in order to prepare all children
The Instructional Services Division provides curriculum        to learn and participate fully in a diverse and rapidly
and instructional leadership, programming and technical        changing democratic society.
assistance to San Mateo County districts and schools.
The Division offers service in the areas of content-           Child, Youth and Family Services staff manage several
specific curricular support, assessment and accountabil-       projects that focus on early childhood education through-
ity, new teacher induction, preschool and child care,          out San Mateo County. These include State Preschool and
school leadership, Support for English Learners, Program       Pre-Kindergarten Literacy Programs, the Early Childhood
Improvement, library services, instructional technology,       Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP), the Early Child-
professional development, and STEM education and               hood Language Development Program and the Child Care
support. In addition, services are offered that are most       Partnership Council.
cost-effective to operate centrally for all schools, such as
Outdoor Education.                                             Staff assist districts and families with interdistrict transfer
                                                               appeals and with appeals of student expulsions as well as
The Instructional Services Division offers high-quality        managing the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program. Other
professional development for teachers, administrators,         services include assistance with program development,
and support staff focused on instructional improvement.        health education programs, and the resolution of welfare
Activities include: improving student results through          and attendance issues.
planning and data-driven processes; delivering
standards-aligned professional development for schools,        Curriculum Services
districts and broader constituencies; and sponsoring           The Curriculum Services program helps schools and
countywide events and seminars.                                districts raise student achievement and close the achieve-
                                                               ment gap by providing services in the areas of instruc-
Through the efforts of the Instructional Services Divi-
                                                               tional leadership, professional development and curricu-
sion, job-alike groups meet on a regular basis, including,
                                                               lum. Curriculum Services provides content area resources
for example, the Council for Instructional Improvement
                                                               and deep, sustained professional development to educators
(CII) for district-level leaders of curriculum and instruc-
                                                               in order to enhance teaching and learning countywide.
tion, the Child Care Partnership Council and the Technol-
                                                               Content area specialists provide leadership, professional
ogy Forum.
                                                               development and technical support to local schools and
Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA)                districts.
The BTSA program provides high-quality support to
                                                               The Networks for Success unit engages high-priority
first- and second-year teachers, including Special
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             San Mateo County Office of Education Services
     schools and districts in systemic reform. Its goal is to       Student Services Division
     focus on closing the achievement gap by accelerating the
     achievement of children of color, children living in           The Student Services Division’s (SSD) mission is to
     poverty and English Learners. The San Mateo County             empower students to become responsible and productive
     Office of Education, through Networks for Success, is an       members of the community by providing learning oppor-
     approved District Assistance and Intervention Team             tunities related to the development of academic skills, life
     (DAIT) provider.                                               skills, positive self-concepts and effective relationships
                                                                    with others.
     The San Mateo County STEM Center provides profes-
     sional development and support in the areas of Science,        SSD carries out its mission by administering direct student
     Technology, Engineering and Math. This new initiative          services programs operated by the San Mateo County
     will offer distance learning and technology-based profes-      Office of Education – Court and Community Schools, the
     sional development, face to face and virtually, to educa-      Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and Special
     tors throughout San Mateo County. The Gene Connection          Education. The Division also acts as the administrative
     Program, providing biotech curriculum and materials to         unit for the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
     San Mateo County high schools, is operated through the         and provides assistance to Foster Youth and other special
     STEM Center.                                                   projects directly supportive of school-age children in the
                                                                    County.
     The Curriculum Services program also supports school
     administrators in San Mateo County as a State Board of         Court and Community Schools Program
     Education (SBE) approved Administrator Training                The Court and Community Schools Program offers
     Program (ATP). This program provides intensive                 educational services for students who have been assigned
     curriculum, school governance and technology training to       to them by the Juvenile Court and for other students who
     school administrators. The training meets the require-         have been expelled from school or have not been success-
     ments for the Tier II Administrative Services Credential.      ful in comprehensive school environments.

     Outdoor Education                                              Approximately 1,351 at-risk students attend these alterna-
     Outdoor Education provides a week-long residential             tive schools each year and take courses in middle and high
     environmental education program for fifth- and sixth-          school academic subjects. The programs are located at the
     grade students; more than 5,000 students, their teachers       Youth Services Center and other regional sites. Students
     and volunteer high school cabin leaders attend each year.      in Court and Community Schools prepare to re-enter
     Located at Jones Gulch in La Honda, the program                district schools, pass the California High School
     focuses on seven ecological concepts and includes              Proficiency/General Education Development (GED)
     activities such as a discovery hike, forest explorations       exams or complete the requirements for a high school
     and travel to three different coastal environments. Other      diploma.
     group activities help students develop skills related to
     decision-making, cooperation and sharing.

     Compliance, Assessment and Special Projects
     This program provides oversight for statewide compli-
     ance activities such as Williams, Valenzuela, and the
     Quality Education Investment Act. It also provides
     assessment support to schools and districts related to state
     and federal testing and accountability systems. In addi-
     tion, it oversees special projects, such as family engage-
     ment, bullying prevention, and the Safe Routes to
     Schools project, among others.
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        San Mateo County Office of Education Services
Foster Youth Services                                       Special Education
Educational Liaisons provide services to foster youth in    The San Mateo County Office of Education provides
San Mateo County in a collaborative project with the San    Special Education programs for students whose needs
Mateo County Human Services Agency. The Liaisons            cannot be met solely within their local districts. Approxi-
facilitate school placement, gather school records, and     mately 362 students (ages 3-22) and infants are served
initiate and update Educational Passports to help ensure    throughout the County. The majority of these students
that each foster youth receives uninterrupted educational   attend classes on district school sites. Programs are
services.                                                   provided for students with intensive needs, those with
                                                            severe multiple disabilities, hearing, visual, orthopedic,
Regional Occupational Program (ROP)                         communication and/or emotional disabilities or with
ROP provides state-of-the art career and technical          autism. Infant programs serve children from birth to 3
preparation to more than 6,000 high school students and     years who have orthopedic, hearing and/or visual disabili-
adults each year. Many courses are coordinated and          ties, and communication and social skills delays.
offered with concurrent enrollment in local high schools
and San Mateo County community colleges. Options for        SMCOE programs include: Programs for Infants and
students include earning credit toward high school          Toddlers; Early Childhood Education; Special Education
graduation, receiving a certificate of completion and       Services (K-12); and Designated Instructional Services
acquiring a community college degree upon completion        (DIS). DIS services include Adapted Physical Education,
of ROP programs. Many classes offer community               Assistive Technology, Audiology, Integrated Hearing,
college credits that transfer to the California State       Impaired and Integrated Vision Impaired, Speech and
University system and several others have approval for      Language, Orientation and Mobility, Inclusion, District
credit in the University of California system. ROP works    Support and Vocational Education Services.
closely with local business and industry leaders to offer
internships or on-the-job training at companies through-    Special Education teachers, assisted by paraeducators,
out San Mateo County.                                       provide the services. School psychologists and school
                                                            nurses offer additional support to students, families and
                                                            staff. Students requiring transportation for classroom
Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
                                                            attendance receive home-to-school transportation.
School districts throughout the state are grouped into
geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to
                                                            Summary
provide for the Special Education needs of students
                                                            Additional information about SMCOE programs and
residing within the regional boundaries. The twenty-
                                                            services is available by consulting the Web site:
three districts in San Mateo County, the County Office of
Education and some charter schools participate in the San
Mateo County SELPA; the County Office of Education                         www.smcoe.k12.ca.us
serves as the Administrative Unit of the SELPA. The
SELPA provides coordination, allocation of funds, data
collection, compliance support, professional development
and alternative dispute resolution services. Policies and
procedures are developed by the Administrators Council
and approved by the SELPA Governing Board. The
Community Advisory Committee (comprised of parent
representatives from each district), the County Office of
Education and community agencies, offer input. The
SELPA Administrator and Program Coordinator provide
leadership and support for the SELPA operations.
S A N M AT E O C O U N T Y O F F I C E O F E D U C AT I O N

         Partners in Educational Excellence




                  SAN MATEO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

                                Susan Alvaro
                                 Jim Cannon
                               Rhonda Ceccato
                              Beverly J. Gerard
                                  Rod Hsiao
                                 Ted Lempert
                         Guillermo (Memo) Morantes

                           PERSONNEL COMMI     SSION

                               Christine Coffey
                                 Olga Hoja
                                Paul Scannell

               SAN MATEO COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

                              Anne E. Campbell


                  SAN MATEO COUNTY OFFICE      OF EDUCATION
            101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94 065-1064
     PHONE (650) 802-5300 • FAX (650) 802-5564 • TDD (650) 802-5480
                       www.smcoe.k12.ca.us

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