The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requires all states to create their own high academic standards for what a child should know and be able to do for all grades in English-language arts and mathematics. Every school must improve each year until 100% of students meet these standards. This yearly improvement in school performance, which includes the academic standards and other components, is called Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
ESEA/NCLB also requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to annually review the performance of each school district (Local Education Agency) that receives funds under Title I, Part A. An LEA receiving Title I, Part A, funds is identified for Program Improvement (PI) if it does not meet AYP goals for two consecutive years within specific areas, focused primarily on academic achievement in English-language arts and mathematics.
The Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District is the top performing high school district in Santa Barbara County, and its flagship school, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, boasts student achievement rates in the top 10% in the State of California and in the top 1,000 high schools in the United States. However, an achievement gap between the highest and lowest performing students still exists. As such, the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District has been identified as a Year 2 PI LEA.
The school district has made this initial determination based on an internal analysis of 2012 testing data. The 2011-12 AYP Report is available for viewing on the District website. If you would like a hardcopy of the report when it is available, please contact Mrs. Laura Cypert in the district office at (805) 688-6487 ext.3570, and one will be provided.
As a PI LEA, our school district must: