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.  

    In addition to the actions below, the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District will endeavor to support all students who have not met proficiency in identified state standards. Specifically, the District will focus on students in 3 sub-groups, all of which have been identified as groups who can improve performance on annual state assessments: English Language Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, and Hispanic/Latino.

    As a PI LEA, our school district must:


    • Implement the adopted addendum to our LEA Plan. We must consult with parents and school staff when writing the LEA Plan Addendum, and we posted the posted the plan on our website after is adoption by the Board of Education. The approved multi-level LEA Plan addendum is being implemented this school year.
    • Reserve at least ten percent of our annual Title I allocation to provide professional development for teachers and administrators
    • Reserve twenty percent of our annual Title I allocation for parent choice and for supplemental education service providers
      • Information for parents who wish to choose an approved SES provider is located HERE
      • A list of State Board approved SES providers is located HERE
    • Continue to provide assistance to schools identified for PI