The U.S. Department of Education has granted a one-year extension of a waiver from No Child Left Behind accountability rules for a collaborative of seven school districts that includes the Long Beach Unified School District
The extension allows the school districts to continue implementing their School Quality Improvement System for federal school accountability purposes.
The U.S. Department of Education granted the original one-year waiver in August of 2013 to the school districts, whose consortium is called the California Office to Reform Education, or CORE.
The other participating school districts are Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Sanger and Santa Ana.
The waiver provides flexibility to improve efforts to prepare all students for college and careers. Like the Local Control Funding Formula approved by California last year, this waiver returns more control and flexibility to the local level. The waiver replaces a restrictive, punitive system with one that rewards improvement and provides help to schools that need it.
Across the CORE network, districts have increased graduation rates and attendance while decreasing suspensions. In addition, college readiness has increased across a range of measures that are not included in state and federal accountability systems. However, CORE districts are holding themselves accountable for these measures through the School Quality Improvement System, ensuring that they are addressing the things that are important for success in school.