Curriculum/Instruction and Research
Jan Mayer, Director
(916) 228-2619 or 228-2402
The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires all states to provide a statewide system of sustained support for districts and schools receiving Title I funding to increase the opportunity for all students to meet the state's academic and achievement standards. This federal requirement was codified in state law through Assembly Bill (AB) 312 (Chapter 1020, Statutes of 2002), and revised in AB 519 (Chapter 757, Statutes of 2008). The Regional System of District and School Support (RSDSS), under the leadership of County Office of Education superintendents, plays a central role in helping districts and schools support the requirements of NCLB.
The RSDSS mission is to build the capacity of school districts to support their low-performing schools. This mission is realized through the dissemination of information, technical assistance, and brokering of regional and statewide resources.
RSDSS provides support to the Title I Program Improvement (PI) schools and districts throughout the diverse ten counties in region 3: Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba.
As lead agency for the Capital Service Region (Region 3), the Sacramento County Office of Education has partnered with its surrounding counties to create a District Improvement Support website where visitors can access a wide variety of print materials, videos, and links to online resources.
RSDSS provides monthly coordination meetings for district administrators with responsibility for implementing NCLB. These meetings provide information about Title I requirements and issues, Federal Program Monitoring (FPM), the local educational agency (LEA) plan, the Single Plan for Student Achievement, the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS), state and federal assessment systems, and Program Improvement requirements. Specialized workshops are provided periodically for districts and schools in PI.
RSDSS is available to help schools and districts assess their progress relative to the nine Essential Program Components (EPCs) identified by the California Department of Education as critical to school success. RSDSS can also assist districts in revising their LEA plans based on information gathered from administering the District Assistance Survey (DAS) or the English Learner Subgroup Self-Assessment (ELSSA). Support is provided to develop appropriate school and district improvement plans. Technical assistance is also provided to increase district and school capacity through professional development and coaching.
RSDSS collaborates with regional partners to ensure that research-based resources are brokered to meet the needs of PI districts and schools. The Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program (BTSA) is one example.
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