Single Plan for Student Achievement


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All California public school districts are responsible to ensure that a long-range planning process is in place to help students met adopted standards. One result of this process is a single school plan for pupil achievement (SPPA).  SB374, chaptered October 11, 2001, includes these changes in requirements from the previous Program Quality Review. Here's a copy of the Legislative Digest.

Schools that choose to seek voluntary accreditation may conduct a Focus on Learning process to meet both the requirements of accreditation and SB 374. The voluntary template for the single plan for pupil achievement can be used as the template for the Focus on Learning action plan. It does not replace the FOL process. Rather, the FOL process helps inform the school more about all students and about the processes in place which can help improve student performance (the criteria) through observations, interviews, and documents including a review of student work. Importantly, both processes call for the use of data, growth targets, budgets, regular reporting, and annual updating.  Differences include the look at "all" students through longitudinal data and school/district processes (the criteria). CDE has revised the Guide and Voluntary Template for the Single Plan. The document is available in Spanish.

Efforts to enhance the linkage between Focus on Learning and the Single Plan for Pupil Achievement continue. Here is the current understanding of how the required elements match between WASC and CDE requirements.  9/02  Here's the same linkage, adding the dimensions required in the Single Plan.  Thanks to Kitty at Orange High School for this enhancement.  Note that the only substantial differences are  the requirement in the Single Plan for annual approval by the school site council/governing board and the inclusion of a budget.

The SPSA includes six large sections or dimensions:
  • Standards and Accountability
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Equal Opportunity and Access
  • Staff Development
  • Parent Involvement
  • Funding and Governance
In general, these components are required:
  • School Accountability Report Card
  • Site Mission Statement
  • Site Vision Statement
  • Assurances for parent/community groups
  • Extensive data for one year
  • Analysis of data
  • Objectives based on data analysis. Objectives must be measurable and focused on student achievement.  Objectives must be annual, reflecting an increase over the previous year and linked to year-end assessment.  Objectives should be written in simple, direct language that can be understood by almost any audience.
  • Action Plan in matrix or narrative form including the objective title, description of activities, person or groups responsible, materials/resources needed, funding source, and evaluation.
  • Categorical budgets

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