District Earns High Marks From State Review

Despite very short notice of visits by outside evaluation teams, schools in the Long Beach Unified School District received very high marks from the California Department of Education's Coordinated Compliance Review, just recently concluded. A team of 18 consultants from Sacramento spent two weeks reviewing categorically funded programs at 26 schools to verify that the district was implementing those programs in compliance with state and federal guidelines. Originally scheduled for May, the review team visits were moved up to March. Schools had only a few days to prepare. Of 177 specific items examined, 171 were found to be in full compliance, an exceptionally high number. The six items needing work are expected to be brought into compliance during the next 45 days. Although state examiners are only required to verify that the district is meeting all required standards for these programs, examiners were impressed by LBUSD's outstanding performance far above and beyond the minimum standards. They inquired about the district becoming a training center for other school districts. "You have a model district," said CCR team leader Lucille Gonzales. "You should be a trainer of trainers for other districts in all areas. "You set a high bar," she said. "It's going to be difficult for me when I go to a different district next week." The rigorous state review is conducted every three or four years and begins with a school's self review of all of the district's categorically funded programs. The review teams from Sacramento then visit to validate the results of that study. Areas reviewed in this year's CCR include adult education, career/vocational civil rights, child development, consolidated programs, Eisenhower professional development program, English learners, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), integrated program items, migrant education, Safe Schools and Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education and uniform complaint procedures. Schools and sites reviewed include Barton, Edison, Garfield, Mann and Tincher child development centers; Addams, Burbank, Burnett, Butler, Cleveland, Edison, Grant, Garfield, Harte, Henry, International, King, Lincoln, McKinley and Robinson elementary schools; DeMille, Hamilton, Hoover, Lindbergh, Marshall, Franklin and Washington middle schools; Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, Millikan and Wilson high schools; and adult education.