Capital City Independent Study K-12 School
Sacramento, CA 95822
Michael Salman, Principal
Dear Parent or Guardian of students at Capital City Independent Study K-12 School:
BOARD OF EDUCATION
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your school has been identified as a Year 1 Program
Improvement (PI) school under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
Roy Grimes, MPA,MBA
Trustee Area 6 What is PI?
NCLB requires the state and district to yearly review the academic progress of the students at federally
funded Title I schools and to identify schools in need of improvement. These schools are identified as PI
schools after not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) two years in a row. California determines AYP by
Ellyne Bell, MA, LMSW
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considering the following four measures:
Trustee Area 1 • The percentage of students participating in those tests
• The percentage of students scoring at the “proficient” or “advanced” level on the California
standardized tests for English Language Arts and mathematics
Patrick Kennedy • California’s own accountability measurement of progress, the Academic Performance Index (API)
• The graduation rate for high schools
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Trustee Area 7
Why was the school identified as PI?
Capital City Independent Study School did not meet its AYP criteria for two years in a row and was
Jerry Houseman, Ed.D. identified as PI. The item(s) marked “No” indicate the area(s) in which AYP was not met in 2008-09.
Trustee Area 2 AYP Criteria: English-Language Arts Mathematics
Participation Rate Met Yes Yes
Percent Proficient Met No No
Trustee Area 3 Met All Sub Groups: NA
API - Additional Indicator for AYP Met: No
Met Graduation Rate: No
The school’s 2008-09 Accountability Progress Reports can be obtained from the school or on the California
Trustee Area 4 Department of Education (CDE) Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ay.
How does a school exit PI?
In order to exit PI, a school must meet all of its AYP criteria for two years in a row.
Trustee Area 5 What rights do parents have when their child(ren)’s school is an independent study program and in PI
Under NCLB, parents have the right to get extra help for their child(ren). (Supplemental Educational
Cameron Fukui Services [SES] - Free Tutoring)
Student Board Member
What Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Free Tutoring opportunities are available for your
Students from low-income families at PI schools are eligible for Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
Free Tutoring. These tutoring services are free to eligible students and occur outside of the regular school
day. Services are provided by California Department of Education approved providers. If the number of
eligible students who apply for the SES program is more than what is funded, the lowest achieving students
from low-income families will receive SES Free Tutoring first.
To help you select the best tutor for your child, please contact the State and Federal Programs Department at
643-9051 or your child(ren’s) school for an SES Parent Information brochure/application. Also, SES
information fairs will be held for you. Please contact your child’s school at 433-5187 or visit the district’s
Web site: http://www.scusd.edu/federal_state_prgms/SESproviders.htm for more information regarding SES
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More information regarding the schools above is available by contacting the schools directly or by visiting the schools’
websites. To access the web site first enter the district’s Web site at www.scusd.edu. Click on “Our Schools” and select the
What will the school do to address the problem of low achievement?
Your school is working closely with the district staff to revise the school plan to include:
• Strategies, policies, and practices that utilize scientifically-based research and have the greatest likelihood of ensuring
that all groups of students will meet the state’s achievement targets
• High quality professional development for school staff that will lead to removing the school from PI status
• Strategies to promote effective parental involvement in the school
What are the district and state doing to help the school?
Our district is working closely with the CDE to improve curriculum, instruction, and student performance. The CDE provides
information, special help, and access to resources for PI schools. PI schools will receive district and/or state technical
• Analyzing various data reports for revising the school plan
• Strengthening core academic instruction
• Collaborating with parents to increase student academic achievement
How can parents become involved?
Research shows that strong parental involvement leads to student success at school. Parents interested in partnering with the
school are encouraged to contact the school for additional information regarding:
• Parental involvement policies • Advisory committee/schoolsite council
• School-parent compact meetings
• Ongoing parent/community meeting • Parent volunteer opportunities
We will keep you informed about opportunities to discuss plans for your school. Please read and return the attached form by October 30,
2009, to acknowledge that you received this letter. If you have questions, need additional information on how you can get involved in
your school improvement efforts, or would like to discuss the school’s instructional program and PI status, please feel free to call your
principal and/or visit the school.
Sacramento City Unified School District
Program Improvement Parent Notification Response Form
Please complete the information below and return to your child’s school or the
Sacramento City Unified School District, Serna Center
5735-47th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95824
ATTN: State and Federal Programs Department
by October 30, 2009
PLEASE READ THE STATEMENT AND SIGN BELOW
I received the Parent Notification PI Letter. I understand that I can go to my child’s school to ask for more information if
Print Parent/Guardian Name: ______________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature ___________________________________ Date: _______________________
Child’s Name: _____________________________________ Grade: _____ Teacher: ______________________________
Please send me the Supplemental Educational Services Free Tutoring Parent Information Brochure to:
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