About Us

CORE is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve student achievement by fostering highly-productive, meaningful collaboration and learning between its 9 member school districts: Fresno, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sanger and Santa Ana Unified. Together these districts serve more than one million students and their families.


Featured Work: The School Quality Improvement System

The School Quality Improvement System is a holistic approach to school improvement and accountability that focuses on academic preparedness, social-emotional skills, the culture and climate of a school, collaborative learning from each other, and supporting effective instruction. Click here to watch our video and this link to learn more!


Spotlight: CORE Districts Introduces New School Quality Improvement Index

CORE Districts will introduce its new School Quality Improvement Index Friday, December 4th at the California School Boards Association conference in San Diego. The Index represents a fundamental shift in educational accountability that could be used to inform the state as it looks to evolve the API. It’s a flashlight, not a hammer!

Friday, December 4, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Marina Ballroom Salon E
South Tower, 3rd Floor


After the presentation, CORE Districts will continue the conversation with a webinar. For more information and materials, please use this link.


Spotlight: Federal Waiver for CORE Districts Extended

The US Department of ED announced today that they have extended CORE’s waiver, the School Quality Improvement System, for one year. And in an acknowledgement of the progress the CORE Districts have made, the Department also lifted the “High Risk” status they have been operating under. In doing so the Department noted the decision to renew approval of the CORE Districts request is based on a “determination that the waivers have been effective in enabling each of the CORE Districts to carry out reforms to improve student achievement and that this extension is in the public interest.” Read more about the waiver renewal here.