Program Improvement (PI)

Program Improvement (PI)
All schools and local educational agencies (LEAs)/districts that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) are identified for Program Improvement (PI) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This requires all states to implement statewide accountability systems based on challenging state standards in reading and mathematics, annual testing for all students in grades two through eight, and annual statewide progress objectives ensuring that all groups of students reach proficiency by 2014. 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.

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District Program Improvement
The Colton Joint Unified School District has been identified as a Year III PI district.

Program Improvement Schools
The following schools have been identified as Program Improvement Schools and are required to offer Parental Choice.  Schools in Program Improvement Year 2 or higher must offer Free Tutoring (Supplemental Educational Services) for qualifying students.

  • Birney Elementary School -  PI Year 1
  • Crestmore Elementary School -  PI Year 5
  • Grant Elementary School -  PI Year 5
  • Grimes Elementary School - PI Year 2
  • Lewis Elementary School -  PI Year 5
  • Lincoln Elementary School -  PI Year 5
  • McKinley Elementary School -  PI Year 2
  • Rogers Elementary School - PI Year 5
  • Smith Elementary School - PI Year 1
  • Wilson Elementary School -  PI Year 5
  • Zimmerman Elementary School -  PI Year 5
  • Joe Baca Middle School - PI Year 2

What is Parental Choice?
Parents of students who attend the schools above may request that their child transfer to another district school that is not in Program Improvement (PI).

Parents at Birney, Grant, Lincoln, McKinley, Rogers, and Wilson Elementary Schools may choose to transfer to Terrace View or Reche Canyon Elementary Schools. Parents at Crestmore, Grimes, Lewis, Smith, and Zimmerman Elementary Schools may choose to transfer to D'Arcy, Jurupa Vista, or Sycamore Hills Elementary Schools. Parents at Joe Baca Middle School may choose to transfer to Ruth O. Harris Middle School.

Transportation is paid for by the district until the student completes the highest grade of that school; the student's home school exits Program Improvement, or the student no longer resides at the address on the original application.

The deadline for completing a Parent Choice Application for the 2015-2016 school year was April 15, 2015. Parent Choice Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be available February 2016.

2014-2015 School Year - 8,834 eligible students, 64 participated

2013-2014 School Year
- 7,363 eligible students, 66 participated

2012-2013 School Year -
6,478 eligible students, 69 participated

2011-2012 School Year
- 5,277 eligible students, 103 participated

2010-2011 School Year
- 5,399 eligible students, 118 participated

2009-2010 School Year -
8,606 eligible students, 60 participated

2008-2009 School Year - 6,887 eligible students, 104 participated

2007-2008 School Year - 7,855 eligible students, 124 participated

What are Free Tutoring Supplemental Educational Services (SES)?

SES is district paid tutoring for qualifying K-8 students who attend a Program Improvement school Year 2 or higher. This is additional instruction outside of the school day to increase the academic achievement of students. Students qualify based on free or reduced lunch status, and scoring below standard on grade level benchmarks or Common Core Standardized tests.  A list of Free Tutoring Providers authorized to work with our district will be available in September 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is closed.  Applications for 2015-2016 will be sent home when enhrollment opens in September.

2014-2015 School Year - 5,160 students eligible, 1,306 participated

2013-2014 School Year -
6,810 students eligible, 1,270 participated

2012-2013 School Year - 5,170 students eligible, 1,040 participated

2011-2012 School Year -
4,701 students eligible, 827 participated

2010-2011 School Year -
5,739 students eligible, 925 participated

2009-2010 School Year -
5,862 students eligible, 1,180 participated

2008-2009 School Year - 5,830 students eligible, 389 participated

2007-2008 School Year - 6,432 students eligible, 422 participated