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									                                                        Roche Avenue School
                                  Porterville Unified School District
                                            388 N. Roche St. • Porterville, CA 93257 • (559) 782-7250 • (559) 783-8356 Fax
                                                                                                              Julissa Leyva, Principal
                                                                                                                          jleyva@porterville.k12.ca.us



            2006-2007 School Accountability Report Card
    District Administration         Principal’s Message
                                    Welcome to Roche Ave. Elementary School! We are committed in maintaining a safe, nurturing and challenging
      John Snavely, Ed.D.           educational environment that supports and promotes the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth
            Superintendent          development of every student. Our school provides a high standard base curriculum, with high expectations, and
                                    the opportunity for every student to achieve academic excellence. We are a professional learning community
                                    committed to implement research based instructional strategies in our classrooms to maximize the learning process
        Ken Gibbs, Ed.D.            of our students.
      Assistant Superintendent,
                                    Along with academic excellence it is equally important to develop and instill positive character traits in our students.
         Business Services          Academic excellence and good character are essentials for success in life.
      Valene Staley, Ed.D.          Our school is a place where Parents, Staff, Students, Community, and the Administrator work together as a team to
                                    ensure our students’ receive the best education possible. We all play a crucial role in the academic development of
      Assistant Superintendent,     our students.
       Instructional Services
                                    We look forward to working with you, as we make your child’s education and safety our highest priorities. If you
        Dennis Martinez             have any questions, concerns, or suggestions come on by and visit our school. It would be a pleasure to meet you.
      Assistant Superintendent,
         Human Resources            School Mission Statement
                                    The community of Roche Avenue School will work together to ensure that all students will master grade level
                                    standards and achieve academic excellence through high expectations and a focus on learning.
        Board of Trustees
                                    Community & School Profile
            John Nash
               President            Porterville, lying along the foothills of the Sierras, is located on State Highway 65, 165 miles north of Los Angeles,
                                    and 171 miles east of the Pacific Coast. Centrally located to major markets, the city has strategic access to
                                    major transportation routes. Porterville Unified School District serves more than 13,000 students throughout the
           Pete Lara, Jr.           community, as well as the town of Strathmore. The district is comprised of ten elementary schools, three middle
            Vice President          schools, four comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, and two alternative sites.
                                    Roche Avenue School serves students in
         Donald Simonic             grades kindergarten through six on a traditional                               
                 Clerk              calendar schedule. Curriculum is based on
                                    improving literacy and language arts skills, with
            Sharon Gill             special emphasis placed on cultural awareness.
                                    Diverse literature selections and various cultural
                Member              observances promote a climate of tolerance and
                                    acceptance among students and faculty.                   Asian                                               Hispanic
          Gregory Gillett                                                                    1.9%                                                 67.0%
                                    During the 2006-07 school year, 376 students
                Member              were enrolled at the school. The 2006-07 student          Caucasian                                          African
                                    population consisted of 89.6% “Socioeconomically
       David Itzenhauser            Disadvantaged,” 22.3% “English Learners,” and
                                                                                               12.2%
                                                                                                                           Multiple or No
                                                                                                                                                American
                                                                                                                                                  1.1%
                Member              2.7% “Students with Disabilities.” Additional                         American          Response
                                    demographics are displayed at right.                                   Indian             17.6%
         Richard Morris                                                                                     0.3%
                Member
                                    Discipline & Climate for Learning
                                    Meaningful learning must occur in a safe, disciplined, and positive environment. Students at Roche Avenue
   www.porterville.k12.ca.us        School are guided by specific rules and classroom expectations that promote respect, cooperation, courtesy, and
                                    acceptance of others.


Roche Avenue School                                                   -1-                                                                   Published May 2008
  The goal of Roche Avenue School’s discipline program is to provide students               Class Size
  with opportunities to learn self-discipline through a system of consistent
  rewards and consequences for their behavior.                                              Roche Avenue School maintained a schoolwide average class size of 22
                                                                                            students and a pupil-to-teacher ratio of 20:1 for the 2006-07 school year.
  Parents and students are informed of discipline policies at the beginning of              Additional assistance in the classroom is provided by parent volunteers. The
  each school year through the school’s and district’s parent/student handbook,             table below indicates the average class size per grade level, as well as the
  a beginning-of-the-year assembly, classroom orientation and school                        number of classes offered in reference to their enrollment.
  newsletters. Consequences for infractions of school policy may include:
  counseling, removal of privileges, detention, student suspension, isolation                                     
  from other students, and parent contact.
                                                                                                                                           Classrooms Containing:
  The suspensions and expulsions table below illustrates total cases for the                                                                   
  school and district, as well as the percentage of total enrollment (number
  of suspensions divided by total enrollment). Suspensions and expulsions                                                             
  are expressed in terms of total infractions, not total number of students, as                                            
  some students may have been suspended on multiple occasions. Expulsions                                            19   21    20    3      0     3   0     3      0
  occur only when required by law or when all other alternatives have been                                         20   20    20    3      3     2   0     0      1
  exhausted.
                                                                                                                   18   17    17    3      3     3   0     0      0

                                                                                           18   21    21    3      1     1   0     1      2
                                                                                                                   25   27    28    0      0     0   2     2      1
                                                      
                                                                                                                   30   28    29    0      0     0   2     1      1
                               
                                                                                                                   30   31    29    0      0     0   1     1      1
    Suspensions              8       23        27     2,732     2,606     2,658
                                                                                                            n/a     30    29    0      0     0   0     1      2
    Suspension Rate        2.2%     6.3%      7.2%    20.7%     19.5%     19.9%
    Expulsions               0        0         1       65       146       50
    Expulsion Rate        0.00%    0.00%     0.27%    0.50%     1.10%     0.37%

                                                                                                                            Data Sources
  Recognition Programs
                                                                                                        Data within the SARC was provided by the Porterville
  A well-developed student recognition program contributes to the positive                            Unified School District, retrieved from the 2006-07 SARC
  environment of the school. Students are recognized for academics, behavior,                      template, and/or located on Dataquest (http://data1.cde.ca.gov/
  attitude, improvement, attendance, and good citizenship. A “Knight of the                          dataquest). Dataquest is a search engine, maintained by the
  Week” award is given each week and the student’s picture is placed in the                         California Department of Education (CDE), which allows the
  office and cafeteria. Character Counts! Awards are also given on a regular                          public to search for facts and figures pertaining to schools
  basis.                                                                                            and districts throughout the state. Among the data available,
                                                                                                   parents and the community may find information about school
  All schools within the Porterville Unified School District have a Student-of-the-
                                                                                                    performance, test scores, student demographics, staffing, and
  Month program, sponsored by the Rotary Club. A child from each school is
                                                                                                                   student misconduct/intervention.
  chosen by their respective teacher to have a picture and personal summary
  printed in The Porterville Recorder, Porterville’s local newspaper.

  Extracurricular Activities
                                                                                            School Enrollment & Attendance
  Roche Avenue School recognizes that extracurricular and co-curricular
  activities enrich the educational and social development, and experiences of              School districts receive financial support from the state for the education
  students. Regularly offered extracurricular activities at the school include the          of the students they serve based on how many students attend each day.
  following:                                                                                Most importantly, attendance is critical to academic achievement and regular
                                                                                            daily attendance is a priority at Roche Avenue School. Student attendance is
    • Art Festival                              • District Science Fair                     carefully monitored to identify those students exhibiting excessive absences.
    • Pen Pal Exchanges                         • Student Council                           The following chart illustrates the trend in enrollment for the last three years.
    • Poetry & Pose Presentation
                                                                                            120
  Homework                                                                                                       
  At Roche Avenue School homework is a fundamental part of the learning                     100
                                                                                                            2004-05                   2005-06                     2006-07
  process which helps to develop basic academic and study skills as well as
  promote student responsibility and self-discipline. Homework is assigned on                 80
  a regular basis for all grade levels and major subject areas. Students are
  expected to complete their homework assignments in a timely manner and                      60
  to the best of their ability. Parents are encouraged to provide a supportive
  environment for homework activities and to be responsible for reviewing                     40
  homework assignments with their child.
                                                                                              20
  The district offers an extensive after-school program; Youths Experiencing
  Success (YES) is available to first through sixth grade students. The YES
  program is open daily, immediately after school until 6 p.m. Literacy Leaders                0
  from the high schools provide services to students at no additional cost to                                                                       
  parents, and the Porterville Recreation Department hires and funds classified             Attendance, tardy, and truancy policies are clearly stated, consistently
  staff for the program. During the 2006-07 school year, certificated staff                 enforced, and consequences are fairly administered. Parents are advised of
  members from Roche Avenue School served as academic leaders in the                        their responsibilities, including proper notification of when and why students
  program for students in grades three through six.                                         are absent.

Roche Avenue School                                                                   -2-                                                                     Published May 2008
  The school staff make daily phone calls to parents when children are absent.             Maintenance & Repair
  When a student has repeated tardies or unexcused absences a letter is
  mailed home, and a parent conference may be scheduled.                                   A scheduled maintenance program is administered by Roche Avenue School’s
                                                                                           custodial staff on a regular basis, with heavy maintenance functions occurring
  In the event of habitual truancy, students may be referred to the district’s             during vacation periods. Additionally, a scheduled maintenance program
  School Attendance Review Board (SARB). The SARB is utilized when                         is administered by Porterville Unified School District to ensure that school
  students have persistent attendance and behavior problems in school, and                 grounds and facilities remain in excellent repair. A work order process is used
  when the normal avenues of classroom, school, and district counseling are                when issues arise that require immediate attention. Emergency repairs are
  not effective.                                                                           given the highest priority; repair requests are completed efficiently and in the
                                                                                           order in which they are received. At the time of publication, 100% of the
                                                                                           school’s restrooms were in working order.
  Minimum Days & Instructional Minutes
  During the 2006-07 school year, Roche Avenue School offered 180 days                     Deferred Maintenance Budget
  of instruction comprised of 177 regular days and three minimum days.                     The State School Deferred Maintenance Budget Program provides state
  Minimum days are utilized for parent/teacher conferences and curriculum                  matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis, to assist school districts with
  planning. All instructional time offered during the 2006-07 school year either           expenditures for major repair or replacement of existing school building
  met or exceeded the daily instructional minute requirements specified in the             components. Typically, this includes the following:
  California Education Code.
                                                                                             • Roofing                                                • Plumbing
                                                                                             • Heating/Air Conditioning                               • Electrical Systems
                                                         • Interior/Exterior Painting                             • Floor Systems
                                                             For the 2007-08 school year, Porterville Unified School District has budgeted
                        36,000                    36,000                           $863,305 for the deferred maintenance program, which represents 0.78% of
                        36,000                    36,900                           the district’s general fund budget. The district’s governing board has approved
                     50,400                    52,755                           deferred maintenance projects for this school that will result in exterior
                                                                                           painting during the current school year (2007-08). The following chart displays
                         50,400                    51,870
                                                                                           the results of the most recent school facilities inspection.
                         54,000                    58,950

                                                                                                 

  School Facilities & Safety                                                                                Date of School Site Inspection: April 25, 2008
                                                                                                     Overall Summary of School Facility Conditions: Exemplary
  Roche Avenue School was originally constructed in 1919 and modernized in
  the early 1990s. A kindergarten facility was added to the campus in 2003.                                                         
  During winter 2007, new Kindergarten playground equipment was installed                                                      
                                                                                                                                          
  and sidewalks were added between the playground and classrooms in order
                                                                                                                                                             
  to increase handicap accessibility.                                                                                              
  The campus is currently comprised of 17 classrooms (including portables), a               Gas Leaks                         X
  Resource Room, a library, one computer lab, a cafeteria, one playground, and
                                                                                            Mechanical Systems                X
  the main office, which houses the staff lounge.
                                                                                            Windows/Doors/Gates                                       Various classrooms
                                                                                                                              X
                                                                                            (interior/exterior)                                       with stained ceiling
                               School Safety
                                                                                            Interior Surfaces (walls,                                 tiles; scheduled to be
                               Safety of students and staff is a primary concern            floors, & ceilings)
                                                                                                                                     X                replaced.
                               of Roche Avenue School. Teachers supervise
                               students on campus before and after school                   Hazardous Materials
                                                                                                                              X
                                                                                            (interior/exterior)
                               and during recess, and noon duty supervisors
                               monitor students during lunchtime. All visitors              Structural Damage                 X
                               must sign in at the principal’s office and receive           Fire Safety                       X
                               proper authorization to be at the school. Visitors
                                                                                            Electrical (interior/exterior)    X
                               are asked by the school site staff to display their
                               pass at all times.                                           Pest/Vermin Infestation           X

  Roche Avenue School’s Safety Plan is revised annually each fall by the Site               Drinking Fountains
                                                                                                                              X
                                                                                            (inside/outside)
  Safety Committee, which is comprised of the principal, head custodian, lead
  teacher, cafeteria manager and staff. Key elements of the plan focus on                   Restrooms                         X
  emergency preparedness. The school is in compliance with the laws, rules,                 Sewer                             X
  and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials and state earthquake
                                                                                            Playground/School
  standards. Emergency drills are held on a regular basis; fire drills are held                                               X
                                                                                            Grounds
  once a month, and earthquake and lockdown drills are held twice a year.
                                                                                            Roofs                             X
  Cleaning Process                                                                          Overall Cleanliness               X

  Roche Avenue School provides a safe and clean environment for students,                                             Data provided April 29, 2008.
  staff, and volunteers. The district governing board has adopted cleaning
  standards for all schools in the district. Basic cleaning operations are
  performed on a daily basis throughout the school year with emphasis on                   Student Achievement & Testing
  classrooms and restrooms. A joint effort between students and staff helps                Porterville Unified School District has developed a comprehensive assessment
  keep the campus clean and litter-free. The Principal works daily with two                and accountability plan to ensure that information regarding student
  custodians to develop sanitation schedules that ensure a clean, safe, and                performance is used to continuously improve the instructional program and to
  functional learning environment.                                                         communicate with parents about their child’s achievement.

Roche Avenue School                                                                  -3-                                                                    Published May 2008
  In addition to the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, site assessments for elementary schools include District Adopted Tests, Literature
  Connection (Lit Con) Assessment, the Bilingual Syntax Measure (BSM), the Student Oral Language Observation Matrix (SOLOM), and the California English
  Language Development Test (CELDT). Roche Avenue School also uses Holistic Writing Assessments and Saxon Math Assessments to determine whether
  students are performing below, at, or above grade-level standards.


  California Standards Test
  The California Standards Test (CST), a component of the STAR Program, is administered to all second through sixth grade students in the spring to assess
  student performance in relation to the State Content Standards. Student scores are reported as performance levels: Advanced (exceeds state standards),
  Proficient (meets standards), Basic (approaching standards), Below Basic (below standards), and Far Below Basic (well below standards). The combined
  percentage of students scoring at the Proficient and Advanced levels in English/Language Arts, Math, and fifth grade Science, for the most recent three-year
  period, is displayed in the chart below.

                                                           
                                               Combined % of Students Scoring at Advanced & Proficient Levels
                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                    
      PUSD         32 34 39 25 25 25 34 38 41 28 26 30 22 25 26                       56 53 55 54 52 50 44 55 56 33 36 42 32 35 35                12 17 21
      California   42 47 48 31 37 37 47 49 51 43 43 44 38 41 42                       56 59 59 54 58 58 50 54 56 44 48 49 40 41 42                28 32 37
                                                                                        
                                                                                     
      PUSD         33 34 34 20 24 23 35 35 40 24 25 27 20 22 28                       58 58 54 56 52 54 43 56 59 31 36 42 30 33 36                14 21 23
      California   39 43 44 29 33 33 44 46 48 39 40 41 35 39 40                       58 59 59 56 58 58 50 54 56 43 48 48 41 42 42                32 34 38
                                                                                      
                                                                                        
      PUSD         32 33 44 29 25 28 35 41 43 32 27 35 26 28 24  54 47 55 51 50 47 45 53 54 35 37 41 33 37 34                                     10 13 20
      California   45 31 53 35 39 41 52 54 55 46 47 48 41 44 45  55 58 58 54 56 58 51 55 58 45 48 49 39 41 41                                     26 30 35
                                                              
                                                                                                                  
      PUSD         18 22 34 11 9 9 19 13 13 9 9 4 13 3 4         49 43 54 42 41 34 35 36 31 21 19 18 21 14 14                                      2   11 3
      California   23 27 31 12 15 15 19 24 25 13 13 14 7 8 9     43 45 46 40 41 42 32 36 39 22 24 25 13 14 14                                      6    7 11
                                                      
                                                                                        
      PUSD         29 31 36 21 20 25 30 33 37 23 24 26 19 22 23                       54 50 53 49 48 50 40 50 54 30 35 37 29 32 32                9 15 18
      California   28 33 35 17 22 23 32 35 36 28 28 29 22 26 27                       45 48 48 44 46 47 38 42 45 32 35 36 26 28 28                14 18 22
                                                                                      
                                                                                        
      PUSD         30 33 38 21 20 25 30 33 37 23 25 26 20 23 24                       55 52 55 51 51 51 43 52 54 31 34 38 31 34 33                9 14 15
      California   28 33 35 17 22 23 32 35 37 27 29 30 22 27 28                       44 47 48 43 46 48 38 43 46 33 36 37 26 29 29                14 18 23
                                         * Due to the moderate number of students tested, scores will not be disclosed.




                             Parent & Community Involvement                                            Physical Fitness
        Parents and the community are very supportive of the educational programs in the               In the spring of each year, Roche Avenue School is
        district. The School Site Council plays an active role in the community and at each            required by the state to administer a physical fitness
         school site through fundraising and special activities. In addition to chaperoning            test to all fifth grade students. The physical fitness test
        field trips and volunteering in the classroom, Roche Avenue School has established             measures each student’s ability to perform fitness tasks
                programs for parents to volunteer their time for after-school activities.              in six major areas:
        Parents are also invited to participate in Roche Avenue School’s Parent-Teacher                   • Aerobic Capacity
        Organization (PTO). During the 2007-08 school year, community speakers will be                    • Body Composition
        invited to address the PTO in order to discuss methods and practices parents can                  • Abdominal Strength
                   utilize to better support their child in the school environment.                       • Trunk Extension Strength
                                                                                                          • Upper Body Strength
                                                                                                          • Flexibility
                                       Contact Information
                                                                                                       Students who either meet or exceed the standards in all
       Parents who wish to participate in Roche Avenue School’s leadership teams, school               six fitness areas are considered to be physically fit or
       committees, school activities, or become a volunteer may contact the main office at             in the ‘healthy fitness zone’ (HFZ). During the 2006-07
           (559) 782-7250, or visit the district’s website at www.porterville.k12.ca.us.               school year, 44.4% of Roche Avenue School’s fifth grade
                                                                                                       students met or exceeded state fitness standards.

Roche Avenue School                                                             -4-                                                             Published May 2008
  Norm-Referenced Test (NRT)                                                                                                   
  The norm-referenced test (NRT), currently the California Achievement Test, Sixth Edition (CAT/6),                      % At or Above the National Average
  shows how well students are doing compared to students nationally in reading, language, spelling,                                                
  and mathematics. Currently, only students in grades three and seven are tested. The chart at right                                                       
  reflects the percentage of student scores at or above the national average (50th percentile) in
                                                                                                                                                 
  Reading and Mathematics.
                                                                                                            PUSD                       35   28    29     58     53   47
                                                                                                            California                 36   37    38     54     55   56
  Academic Performance Index                                                                                                          
  The Academic Performance Index (API) is an annual measure of the academic performance and                 Males                      16   39    17     64     48   54
  progress of schools in California. API scores range from 200 to 1,000, with a statewide target of         Females                    52   18    34     72     53   43
  800.                                                                                                      English Learners            *    *    13     *      *    47
  Statewide API Rank: The statewide API rank ranges from 1 to 10. A statewide rank of ‘1’                   Socioeconomically
  means that the school has an API score in the lowest 10 percent of all schools in the state, while                                   33   24    22     69     48   48
                                                                                                            Disadvantaged
  a statewide rank of ‘10’ means that the school has an API score in the highest 10 percent of all          Hispanic                   31   26    29     64     52   56
  schools in the state.
                                                                                                               * Due to the moderate number of students tested,
                                                                                                                scores will not be disclosed.

                                                        
   Statewide API Rank                   3            4           4                     Similar Schools API Rank: The similar schools API rank reflects
                                                                                              how a school compares to 100 statistically matched “similar schools.” A
   Similar Schools API Rank             6            7           7            
                                                                                              similar schools rank of ‘1’ means that the school’s academic performance
                                                                                  is comparable to the lowest performing 10 schools of the 100 similar
   Actual API Growth                   34            4           -8            706            schools, while a similar schools rank of ‘10’ means that the school’s
                        
                                                                                              academic performance is better than at least 90 of the 100 similar
                                                                                              schools.
   Actual API Growth                   31            0            3            700
                                         
   Actual API Growth                   36            -6           2            708

    Only numerically significant subgroups for each reporting period are required to                             Curriculum Improvement
        be presented in this report card. Numerically significant subgroups are
                                                                                                      All curriculum development at Roche Avenue School
    comprised of (1) at least 100 students with valid test scores, or (2) at least 15%
                                                                                                     revolves around the California State Content Standards
       of the school population tested, containing at least 30 students with valid
                                                                                                     and Frameworks. Teachers align classroom curriculum
                                         scores.
                                                                                                      to ensure that all students either meet or exceed state
                                                                                                                         proficiency levels.
  Adequate Yearly Progress                                                                           The writing and implementation of Porterville Unified
                                                                                                      School District’s curriculum is an ongoing process.
  No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a federal law enacted in January 2002 that                         Curriculum planning is accomplished through a careful
  reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It mandates                        analysis of the state frameworks, district policies, the
  that all students (including students who are economically disadvantaged, are from                  needs of students, assessment results, and research.
  racial or ethnic minority groups, have disabilities, or have limited English proficiency)
  in all grades meet the state academic achievement standards for Mathematics and
  English/Language Arts by 2014.
  Schools must demonstrate “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) toward achieving that goal. The federal NCLB Act requires that all schools and districts meet the
  following Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements:
    • Participation rate on the state’s standards-based assessments in English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.
    • Percent proficient on the state’s standards-based assessments in ELA and Mathematics.
    • API as an additional indicator.
    • Graduation rate (for secondary schools).
  There are several consequences for schools that do not meet the AYP standards, including additional tutoring and replacing of staff. Students would also be
  allowed to transfer to schools (within their district) that have met their AYP’s, and the former school would be required to provide the transportation to the new
  site.

                                                                       
                                                                                                               

  Results of school                                                               
  and district
                        Participation Rate                             Yes                         Yes                          Yes                           Yes
  performance are
  displayed at right.   Percent Proficient                             Yes                         Yes                          No                            Yes
  Roche Avenue          API (Additional Indicator)                                Yes                                                       Yes
  School met all        Graduation Rate                                            n/a                                                      Yes
  of the 2007 AYP
                        Made Overall AYP                                          Yes                                                       No
  criteria.

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                                                                                         At the start of the 2007-08 school year, Julissa Leyva will assume the role or
  Federal Intervention Program                                                           Roche Avenue School’s Principal. Prior to this position, Ms. Leyva served as
  Schools and districts receiving federal Title I funding enter Program                  an Assistant Principal at Westfield School and a classroom teacher. She has
  Improvement (PI) if they do not make AYP for two consecutive years in the              eight years of experience in education.
  same content area (English/Language Arts or Mathematics) or on the same
                                                                                         Staff members are encouraged to participate on various committees that
  indicator (API or graduation rate). After entering PI, schools and districts
                                                                                         make decisions regarding the priorities and direction of the educational plan.
  advance to the next level of intervention with each additional year that they
                                                                                         These teams ensure that instructional programs are consistent with students’
  do not make AYP.
                                                                                         needs and comply with district goals. Avenues of opportunity include:
                                                              • School Site Council                                        • Safety Committee
                                                                                          • Parent-Teacher Organization                                • Grade-Level Facilitators
                          Program Improvement (PI)
                                                                                          • Categorical Program Resource Team                          • Curriculum Committee
                                                                            • English Learner Advisory Committee                         • Leadership Team
                                                                                          • Student Study Team
      PI Status                                   In PI          In PI
      First Year of PI Implementation           2006-07         2006-07
      Year in PI (2007-08)                       Year 1         Year 2                   Textbooks & Instructional Materials
      Number of Schools Currently in PI            n/a             8                     Pursuant to the settlement of Williams vs. the State of California, Porterville
      Percent of Schools Identified for PI         n/a          38.1%                    Unified School District thoroughly inspected each of its school sites at the
                                                                                         start of the 2007-08 school year to determine whether or not each school
                                                                                         had sufficient and good quality textbooks, instructional materials, and/or
                                                                                         science laboratory equipment.
  Counseling & Other Support Services
                                                                                         All students, including English Learners, are required to be given their own
  In addition to academics, the staff at Roche Avenue School strives to assist           individual textbooks and/or instructional materials (in core subjects), for use
  students in their social and personal development. Staff members are                   in the classroom and to take home if necessary. Additionally, all textbooks
  trained to recognize at-risk behavior in all students. The school values the           and instructional materials used within the District must be aligned with the
  importance of on-site counseling and has procedures in place to ensure                 California State Content Standards and Frameworks, with final approval by
  that students receive the services they need. Staff members are devoted                the Board of Education. The chart below displays data collected in December
  to helping students deal with problems and assisting them to reach positive            2007 in regards to the textbooks in use at Roche Avenue School during the
  goals. The chart below displays a list of support services that are offered to         current school year (2007-08).
  students at Roche Avenue School.

                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                           
                                                                                               




                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                             
   Family Service Worker                                  1             *
   Instructional Assistants                               2            1.0                                                                                    
   Library Clerk                                          1            0.8
                                                                                          




   Nurse                                                  1             *                                       Houghton
                                                                                                      




                                                                                                                               K-6th       2003
   Psychologist                                           1            0.1                                       Mifflin
   Resource Specialist Program (RSP) Teacher              1            1.0
                                                                                                                                                     All textbooks at Roche Ave.
   RSP Aide                                               1            0.8                                       At the time of publication, the         School are in adequate
                                                                                               




   Speech & Language Specialist                           1            0.2                                       district did not have an official    supply and fair to excellent
         * Services provided by the District on an "as-needed" basis.                                            VAPA adoption for elementary          condition. The school and
                                                                                                                              schools.                     district place great
  A Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program is available for those                                                                                  emphasis on providing
  students who qualify. GATE students who live within the boundaries of the                                                                          students with the most up-to-
  Porterville Unified School District are bussed to Westfield School, providing
                                                                                               




                                                                                                                  Saxon        K-6th       2000          date, standards-aligned
  there is space available. Roche Avenue School students not attending the                                                                            textbooks and instructional
  GATE program at Westfield School are served in GATE cluster groups in                                                                                         materials;
  grades four through six.                                                                                                                             100% of students in each
                                                                                                      
                                                                                          




  Students needing assistance in English language acquisition receive special                                   Houghton
                                                                                                                               K-6th       2007
                                                                                                                                                      core subject area possess
  instruction from the school’s RSP Aide and Instructional Assistants who are                                    Mifflin                                the necessary textbooks
  both fluent in Spanish. A student is classified as fluent English speaking                                                                          and instructional materials.
  when he/she is able to progress in the instructional program without further
                                                                                               




                                                                                                                Harcourt       K-5th                   Most recent resolution on
  language assistance.                                                                                                                     2001      the sufficiency of textbooks:
  Some students have exceptional academic needs that can be met through                                         Glencoe         6th                         Aug. 23, 2007.
  the Resource Specialist Program or on an individual basis with the Speech
  & Language Therapist. These students receive additional instruction in
                                                                                               




  identified academic areas.                                                                                    Harcourt       K-6th       2006


                                                                                                                               Visual & Performing Arts
  School Leadership
                                                                                         The school’s library, staffed by a part-time Library Clerk, provides an
  Leadership at Roche Avenue School is a responsibility shared among district            extensive variety of reference and special interest materials in addition to
  administration, the Principal, instructional staff, students, and parents.             hundreds of educational and recreational books. Students visit the library
  During the 2006-07 school year, primary leadership duties were assumed by              on a weekly basis with their classes and are encouraged to visit before and
  Principal Lillian Durbin.                                                              after school.

Roche Avenue School                                                                -6-                                                                            Published May 2008
  Four computer workstations within the library are connected to the Internet so            Teacher misassignments reflect the number of placements within a school for
  students are able to access resources and information online.                             which the certificated employee in the teaching or services position (including
  Computer skills and concepts integrated throughout standard curriculum                    positions that involve teaching English learners) does not hold a legally
  prepare students for technological growth and opportunities. In addition                  recognized certificate or credential.
  to the newly completed lab with 30 workstations, each classroom has a                     Teacher vacancies reflect the number of positions to which a single designated
  minimum of three Internet-accessible computers for student use. Students                  certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the year for
  receive computer-assisted instruction on a regular schedule. Software                     an entire year. For the 2007-08 school year, the most current available data
  includes programs to develop critical thinking skills, technological skills, and          are reported.
  mathematical proficiency. For additional research materials and Internet
  availability, students are encouraged to visit the Porterville Public Library,                      
  Strathmore Library, and Tulare Public Library, which contain numerous
  computer workstations.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                              Teacher Misassignments of English Learners                0        0            0
                                                                            Teacher Misassignments (Other)                            0        0            0
                                                                                                                                         
       Computers                                   96       114       114                     Teacher Vacancies                                         0        0            0
       Students per computer                       3.8      3.2       3.3
       Classrooms connected to Internet            17        18        18
                                                                                            The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires that all teachers in core
                                                                                            subject areas meet certain requirements in order to be considered as
                                                                                            “Highly Qualified” no later than the end of the 2006-07 school year. Minimum
                                                                                            qualifications include:
  Teacher Evaluation & Professional Development                                               • Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree
  A constructive evaluation process promotes quality instruction and is a                     • Possession of an appropriate California teaching credential
  fundamental element in a sound educational program. Evaluations and formal                  • Demonstrated competence in core academic subjects
  observations are designed to encourage common goals and to comply with
  the state’s evaluation criteria and district policies. Temporary and probationary              
  teachers are evaluated annually and tenured teachers are evaluated every
  other year.                                                                                                                                               




                                                                                                                                  
  Evaluations are conducted by the Principal, who has been trained and                                                                                             
  certified for competency to perform teacher evaluations. Evaluation criteria                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                             
  includes the following:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                             
   • Engaging and Supporting all Students in Learning
                                                                                             % of Classes Taught by
   • Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning                                                                     97.0%        96.7%       0.0%
                                                                                             NCLB Compliant Teachers
   • Assessing Student Learning
   • Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning                    % of Classes Taught by Non-
   • Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for all Students                                                               3.0%         3.3%        0.0%
                                                                                             NCLB Compliant Teachers
   • Developing as a Professional Educator
  Staff members build teaching skills and concepts through participation in
  conferences and workshops throughout the year. For the past three years,
  the district has offered between two and five staff development days.                     Teacher & Administrative Salaries
  During this time, teachers are offered a broad-based variety of professional              The following chart displays district salaries for teachers, principals, and
  growth opportunities in curriculum, teaching strategies, and methodologies.               superintendents, and compares these figures to the state averages for
  Staff development topics for the 2006-07 school year primarily focused on                 districts of the same type and size. Teacher and administrative salaries as a
  “Introduction to Harcourt Health & Fitness.”                                              percent of a district’s budget are also listed below.
  For additional support in their profession, teachers may enlist the services of
  the district’s Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) facilitator                      
  and/or the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program.                                                                                                       
                                                                                              Beginning Teacher Salary                           $38,524             $38,478
  Teacher Assignment                                                                          Mid-Range Teacher Salary                           $58,188             $60,735
  Porterville Unified School District recruits and employs only the most qualified            Highest Teacher Salary                             $75,142             $76,906
  credentialed teachers. During the 2006-07 school year, Roche Avenue School                  Average Principal Salary (Elementary)             $102,723             $96,766
  staffed 19 certificated teachers who met all credential requirements in the                 Average Principal Salary (Middle)                 $104,989         $102,730
  State of California.
                                                                                              Average Principal Salary (High)                   $115,486         $110,489

                                                                     Superintendent Salary                             $141,431         $169,243
                                                                                              % of Budget for Teacher Salaries                   42.31%              41.86%
                                                            
                                                                                              % of Budget for Administrative Salaries             4.51%               5.22%
                                                        
    With Full Credential                  18        17        19        620
    Without Full Credential *              0         0        1          72
                                                                                            School Site Teacher Salaries
    Teaching Outside Subject
    Area of Competence
                                          n/a       n/a      n/a         85                 State law requires comparative salary and budget information to be reported
                                                                                            to the general public. At the time this report was published, the most recent
    * Figures may reflect Interns, Emergency Credentials, and/or Waivers.                   salary comparison data from the state was for the 2005-06 school year.

Roche Avenue School                                                                   -7-                                                                      Published May 2008
  For comparison purposes, the California Department of Education has
  provided average salary data from unified school districts having above
  5,000 average daily attendance statewide. The following chart illustrates

                                                                                                     NOTES
  the average teacher salary at Roche Avenue School and compares it to the
  average teacher salaries at the district and state levels.


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                                               Roche Ave.         $60,638


                                                 PUSD            $63,051
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                                             Percentage of Variation: 3.8%
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                                               Roche Ave.        $60,638

                                               All Unified
                                                                  $57,327
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                                             School Districts

                                             Percentage of Variation: 5.8%

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  Expenditures & Services Funded                                                             _____________________
  Based on 2005-06 audited financial statements, Porterville Unified School
  District spent an average of $7,586 to educate each student. The chart below               _____________________
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  provides a comparison of Roche Avenue School’s per pupil funding (from
  both restricted and unrestricted sources) with district and state (unrestricted)
  sources.
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                      Total                                                  $5,698
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                      Restricted (Supplemental) Sources                      $3,666          _____________________
                      Unrestricted (Basic) Sources                           $2,031
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                      Unrestricted Sources                                   $5,472
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                                  Percentage of Variation (School/District): 62.9%
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                      Unrestricted Sources                                   $4,943

                                      Percentage of Variation (School/State): 58.9%

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  In addition to general state funding, Porterville Unified School District received
  state and federal categorical funding for the following support programs:
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   • Peer Assistance & Review (PAR)
   • Economic Impact Aid (EIA)
                                                                                             _____________________
   • School Improvement Program (SIP)
   • Title I, Basic Grant                                                                    _____________________
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   • Title II, Teacher Quality & Technology
   • Title III, Limited English Proficiency
   • Title IV, Safe & Drug Free Schools & Communities (SDFSC)
   • Title V, Innovative Programs
   • Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE)
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