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San Diego State University

Center for Family, School, Community Engagement

No Child Left Behind and the Educational System

The California PARENT Center shares your interest in our educational system. This section deals with many aspects of the Educational System. The main categories of information are listed below.

1. No Child Left Behind

2. California Demographics

3. California Laws Impacting Education

  • California Education Code
    The code establishes the law of this state respecting the subjects to which it relates, and its provisions and all proceedings under it are to be liberally construed, with a view to effect its objects and to promote justice. It is the policy of the State of California to afford all persons in public schools, regardless of their sex, ethnic group identification, race, national origin, religion, mental or physical disability, or regardless of any basis that is contained in the prohibition of hate crimes set forth in subdivision (a) of Section 422.6 of the Penal Code, equal rights and opportunities in the educational institutions of the state.
  • Migrant Child Care and Development Programs - EDUCATION CODE SECTION 8230-8233
    The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall administer all migrant child care and development programs. In addition, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall support and encourage the state-level coordination of all agencies that offer services to migrant children and their families and state-level coordination of existing health funds for migrants.
  • Child Care for Recipients of the CalWORKs Program -EDUCATION CODE SECTION 8350-8359.1
    It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this article to ensure that recipients of aid under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, or any successor program, and former recipients who have left aid for employment, are connected as soon as possible to local child care resources, make stable child care arrangements, and continue to receive subsidized child care services after they no longer receive aid as long as they require those services and meet the eligibility requirements set forth in Sections 8263 and 8263.1.

4. Contacts

  • California School Districts With Web Sites
    Here you will find a list of all the school districts in California that have a website.
  • Communities in Schools
    Communities In Schools champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life.
  • National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
    At NCPIE, our mission is simple: to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children's education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation's young people.
  • National Community Education Association (NCEA)
    Community Education, the educational philosophy that underlies community schools, advocates the creation of opportunities for community members — individuals, schools, businesses, and public and private organizations — to become partners in addressing community needs.
  • National Network of Partnership Schools
    "Based on more than a decade of research and the work of many educators, parents, students, and others, we know that it is possible for all elementary, middle, and high schools to develop and maintain strong programs of partnership," explains Joyce L. Epstein, Director, Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships.
  • National Parent Teacher Association
    National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. A not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities, PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligations to children.
  • Parents for Public Schools
    Parents for Public Schools is a National organization of community-based chapters working in public schools through broad-based enrollment.Invigorated by a diverse membership, our proactive involvement helps public schools attract all families in a community by making sure all schools effectively serve all children.We believe that quality public education is vital to our democracy and to America's future.
  • Migrant Child Care and Development Programs - EDUCATION CODE SECTION 8230-8233
    The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall administer all migrant child care and development programs. In addition, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall support and encourage the state-level coordination of all agencies that offer services to migrant children and their families and state-level coordination of existing health funds for migrants.
  • Regional Educational Laboratory Network
    The network of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories, serving geographic regions that span the nation, works to ensure that those involved in educational improvement at the local, state, and regional levels have access to the best available information from research and practice. This Web site is one of many ways that the network reaches out to make that information accessible.

5. School Performance

  • California Department of Education - Testing and Accountability
    This link http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ will take you to the California: Testing and Accountability main page which will, in turn, lead you to these additional sites:
    • Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) - Administration of the STAR program. Test results are used for student and school accountability purposes.
    • Academic Performance Index (API) - Measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures.
    • Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) - Requires each state to ensure that all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress based on assessments included in the statewide accountability system.
    • California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) - Beginning with the Class of 2006, all public school students will be required to pass the exam to earn a high school diploma
  • Great Schools.net
    The purpose of GreatSchools.net is to help parents understand how their children's schools are performing, choose the right schools for their children, support their children's learning and advocate for education excellence.
  • STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) Score Summaries
    This is the web site for the 1999 results from California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. These results are final.
  • School Accountability Report Card - California Department of Education, Educational and Information Center
    Find out: What's New, Program Information, Find Your SARC, SARC Coordinator Information, and more about the Advisory Committee.