CORE Districts was approved for a district-consortium request for a federal NCLB waiver on August 6th, 2013. The waiver plan, called the School Quality Improvement System, calls for a reorientation of districts’ work towards a collective effort to prepare all students for college and career, with districts assuming unprecedented accountability to eliminate disparity and disproportionality in all subjects and across the academic, social/emotional, and culture/climate domains.


On September 25, 2015, the US Department of Education Extended the CORE Waiver and Lifted High Risk Status

The US Department of ED announced on September 25, 2015 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.

Public Comment Open – Bringing Social-Emotional Skills and Culture-Climate Perception Ratings into the School Quality Improvement Index

We are currently working on finalizing how Social-Emotional Skills Ratings and Culture-Climate Perception Ratings will be included in the School Quality Improvement Index.

  • Click here for the key recommendations
  • Click here view three options for including these measures in the Index
  • Click here for all of the recommendations
  • Click here to provide feedback via a brief survey

    Public comments can also be emailed to core@coredistricts.org, faxed to (916) 244-0250 or sent via regular mail to 1107 9th Street, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814. Comments submitted by Friday, December 11, 2015 will be presented to the CORE Board on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, where the Board will be making final decisions.

    Updated Information about the School Quality Improvement Index

    School by School Designation and CORE Waiver Annual Measurable Objective Status

    School Lists

    Additional Information about the CORE Annual Measurable Objective and Where to Find Detailed Data

    • Missing the AMO in the Summer 2014 analysis involved being in the bottom 30% of 2013 API results, and missing a school’s API or graduation targets based on California’s AYP Criteria. School level California AYP reports can be found by clicking here and searching for the school of interest. 2013 AYP reports were used for CORE’s Summer 2014 AMO analysis.

    CORE Waiver LEA Report Cards

    Key points from the School Quality Improvement System Listen to Secretary Duncan’s press conference announcing approval for the School Quality Improvement system. Listen to CORE’s press conference held immediately after Secretary Duncan’s announcement Click here for CORE’s Fall 2013 District Accountability Designations Click here for CORE’s Fall 2013 School Designation Methodology Click here for CORE’s Social Emotional Learning Efforts in collaboration with Transforming Education Questions? Click here to read our FAQ regarding the School Quality Improvement System: 8/2013


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    Listen to the May 28 News Conference

    USED Post Peer Review Letter

    USED Peer Review Comments

    The School Quality Improvement System was submitted to the US Department of Education (USDE) on February 28, 2013. Accepted for peer review March 22.

    This memo, dated May 28, includes a summary of changes made to the waiver application, now referred to as the School Quality Improvement System.

    This memo dated May 3, 2013, provides information for interested LEAs about the first round of USDE and peer review feedback.


    Guidance regarding participation of non-CORE districts in the School Quality Improvement System

    updated August 7, 2013

    The CORE districts have always desired other California LEA’s to be eligible to participate the School Quality Improvement System, provided those LEA’s were willing to make all the commitments specified in the waiver request. However, the US Department of Education has said they need to monitor implementation during the one-year conditional waiver period before they will consider expanding the waiver flexibility option to other LEA’s.

    The CORE districts are committed to live up to all the commitments made in the School Quality Improvement System so that federal officials can have confidence that all students will be better served with the federal flexibility, with hopes that participation will be extended to other LEA’s in time for the 14-15 school year, or that the California will be granted a statewide NCLB waiver.

     


    inthenews

    To see what people are saying about the School Quality Improvement System (referred to as the CORE Waiver), please visit our In The News page.

    watchthestateboard

    Watch the California State Board of Education discuss the School Quality Improvement System here. Please note that the School Quality Improvement System (referred to at the time as The Core Waiver) was item 16 on the State Board Agenda, and can be found at 3:28:00 (three hours and twenty-eight minutes in from the start of the video). Read a transcript of the discussion here.

     


    Letters and statements of support:

    Green Dot Public Schools
    ACSA Statement on District Waivers
    StudentsFirst announces support for CORE Districts’ No Child Left Behind Waiver Application
    Congressman Miller Statement on California School Districts’ Intent to Apply for Flexibility from No Child Left Behind
    New Haven Unified School District Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver
    ConnectEd Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver
    Garden Grove Unified School District Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver
    Children Now Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver
    California School Boards Association Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver
    Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver
    Unite LA Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver
    California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver
    Redlands Unified School District Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver
    Alliance for Excellent Education Statement of Support for the ESA Flexibility Waiver