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El Cerrito schools apply for underperforming schools program

The West Contra Costa Unified School District has applied for seven of its schools, including three in El Cerrito, to participate in the state's Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program.

The district applied for all seven schools that were invited to participate, Castro Elementary, Portola Middle and El Cerrito High, all in El Cerrito, as well as Highland Elementary, Kennedy High, De Anza High and Pinole Valley High.

Schools were invited to apply if they failed to meet growth targets on API scores. The growth targets called for not only overall improvement but also improvement for all "numerically significant" ethnic and socioeconomically disadvantaged pupil subgroups.

The schools selected for planning grants are to be announced by Oct. 16 and posted at: www.cde.ca.gov/iiusp

Selected schools receive a $50,000 grant to develop an action plan to improve pupil achievement but must hire an external evaluator from a state-prepared list. After completing the action plans, the schools are then eligible for implementation grants of a minimum of $50,000, up to $200 per pupil. The district must match the amount of state funding.

Student achievement is monitored in participating schools. Those that meet growth targets are eligible for financial and non-monetary rewards whie those that fail to meet targets are subject to local or state intervention.

Fairmont School received a planning grant last year.

Run dates: 2000-10-08 - 2000-10-15

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