Momentum Building with CORE’s School Quality Improvement System
The past several months have been a time of tremendous excitement, development, and progress for CORE. In August 2013, eight of our CORE school districts received a federal waiver to replace the No Child Left Behind accountability rules with the School Quality Improvement System. Eight of the ten CORE districts are participating: Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sanger, and Santa Ana Unified School Districts. More than a million students attend school in this constellation of districts.
The School Quality Improvement Index is a holistic and locally-driven approach to school improvement aimed at preparing all students for college and careers. This new approach is rooted in the moral imperative that the entire school community has a collective responsibility to help all students succeed, which can be achieved through shared learning and collective responsibility for continual improvement. The districts participating in the School Quality Improvement System are reorienting their work to improve schools by collaborating with peer educators who work at schools with similar students. They are also assuming unprecedented accountability to eliminate disparity and disproportionality across the academic, social-emotional, and culture-climate domains.