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Federal Waiver Highlights

The Long Beach Unified School District has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education to implement a new approach to school improvement and accountability, called the School Quality Improvement System.

The School Quality Improvement System will:

  • Focus the entire school district on the goal of preparing every student for college and career;
  • Measure school performance in a variety of ways that collectively indicate whether students are being prepared for college and career;
  • Encourage a culture of professional collaboration and continual improvement among teachers, school staff, parents and students;
  • Support students so they can thrive academically, emotionally and socially; and
  • Accelerate the school district’s transition to the Common Core State Standards, which will improve teaching and learning in ways that better prepare students for college, career and participatory democracy in the 21st Century.

The School Quality Improvement System will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) rules used to meet federal school accountability requirements.  Schools will no longer be categorized in Program Improvement.

Unlike NCLB, which only counts student proficiency in English Language Arts and Mathematics, the School Quality Improvement System will measure student and school progress on a range of academic subjects and other quality indicators.  Schools that are not preparing all students for college and career will get intensive help from teachers and school leaders that have led successful efforts to improve achievement with similar student populations at other schools.

Each child deserves an education that will prepare them for a successful future. The School Quality Improvement System will keep this school district focused on the goal of college and career readiness for all students and hold LBUSD accountable for continuous improvement in its schools.

More information will be provided about LBUSD’s implementation of the School Quality Improvement System throughout the year.