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School Quality Improvement System

In the fall of 2013 the US Department of Education approved SFUSD and other member districts of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) for a waiver from certain requirements under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) which will enable SFUSD to implement the School Quality Improvement System.

This system, in conjunction with our strategic plan, will help SFUSD continue our ongoing commitment to:

  • Support students so they can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially;
  • Focus our entire district on the goal of preparing every student for college and career;
  • Measure school performance in a variety of ways (e.g. school safety, student academic achievement, student attendance, parent satisfaction) that collectively indicate if students are being prepared for college and career;
  • Foster a culture of professional collaboration and continual improvement among teachers, school staff, parents, and students; and
  • Accelerate our district’s transition to the Common Core State Standards, which will improve the way we teach and learn in ways that significantly better prepare students for college, career, and participatory democracy in the 21st century.

The School Quality Improvement System replaces components of the previous federal accountability program known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In the past, elementary and middle schools that received Federal Title I money and did not meet “adequate yearly progress” measures (as determined by standardized test scores) were identified as being Program Improvement (PI) schools.

Under our new system, schools will no longer be categorized in Program Improvement. Instead schools that are not showing growth based on these new measures will be identified to receive additional support, including professional training opportunities for teachers, and additional social and emotional support resources for students and their families. Our struggling schools will receive intensive help from teachers and school leaders that have led successful efforts to improve achievement with similar student populations at other schools.

The School Quality Improvement System is organized around three key principles:

PRINCIPLE 1:  College- and Career-Ready Standards

PRINCIPLE 2:  Differentiated Accountability, Recognition and Support

PRINCIPLE 3:  Supporting Effective Instruction & Leadership

To find out more information go to:

  • To watch a video on the School Quality Improvement system click here
  • To learn more about the School Quality Improvement System, including Waiver amendments and information about the metric items in the new accountability Index click here