Educational Services

Program Improvement

All Title I funded schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) are identified for Program Improvement (PI) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

This law requires LEAs to adopt grade-level standards, use the most effective methods and instructional strategies for teaching children, and assess their progress each year as mandated by the State. Assessment results are disaggregated by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, disability, and limited English proficiency to ensure that no group is left behind. LEAs and schools that fail to make AYP toward statewide proficiency goals are subject to improvement and corrective action measures. Schools that did not make “adequate yearly progress (AYP)” on the STAR test for two consecutive years are identified as “Program Improvement” schools by the California Department of Education.

Once a school has been identified, the district is required by law to provide parents with several options to assist their students academically.  One of these options is called School Choice. 

On March 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education approved California’s testing waiver for certain statutory and regulatory requirements of Title I, Part A of the ESEA. A one-year waiver was granted that allows flexibility in making AYP determinations for schools and local educational agencies participating in the Smarter Balanced assessment field test.

CDE will not produce a 2014 AYP report for elementary and middle schools and elementary and unified school districts. Therefore, the PI status for elementary and middle schools and unified school districts will not change. Elementary and middle schools and unified school districts will not enter or exit PI. However, these schools and districts will continue to implement the PI requirements associated with their current PI status.

School of Choice - All parents/guardians of students attending a PI school have the right to request a transfer of their children to a non-PI district school with district-paid transportation.

  • Students may choose to attend a non-Program Improvement school within the district
  • Transportation will be provided by CUSD

Below are the letters that were mailed to the parents of CUSD PI schools for the 2014-2015 school year:

Application to transfer:

State Regulations:




This page was last updated August 17, 2014

For further information contact:

Julie Olesniewicz, Ed. D.

Director, Educational Services

170 W San Jose Ave, Atrium Level

Claremont, CA 91711

Telephone: (909) 398-0609 x.74006

Roberta Mercer, Categorical Programs

Telephone: (909) 398-0609 x.74502