Williams v. State of California is a statewide class action suit regarding sufficiency of instructional materials, adequacy of facilities and the qualification of teachers. In September 2004, the Williams Settlement Legislation was enacted into law requiring all districts in the State of California to provide sufficient instructional materials in core subject areas; maintain clean, safe facilities in good repair and take measures to guarantee all pupils have qualified teachers.
Requirements of the legislation affect all schools in the district. District schools identified as Academic Performance Index (API) 1-3 in 2012 and QEIA (Quality Education Investment Act) sites will be subject to an annual visit by the San Diego County Office of Education (the "County" or "SDCOE"). The purpose of the annual visits is to verify the sufficiency of instructional materials, condition of facilities and information reported on the School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The eligibility list is required to be updated every three (3) years.
Every school in the district is required to provide sufficient textbooks, or other instructional materials, for all pupils in core subject areas. These instructional materials must be aligned to the content standards and consistent with the cycles of the curriculum frameworks adopted by the State Board of Education. Core subject areas include English language arts (including any English Language Development component of an adopted program), mathematics, history/social science and science. Pupils enrolled in a foreign language or health course must also be provided sufficient instructional materials and adequate science laboratory equipment must be available for science courses in grades 9-12. “Sufficient” textbooks or instructional materials means each pupil, including English learners, has standards-aligned textbook or instructional materials, or both, to use in class and to take home. Note: this does not mean that each pupil is issued two sets of instructional materials, only one set to be used for both purposes.
Suggested Options for Textbook Checkout - This form outlines options for textbook check-out to students at secondary schools.
Facilities must be maintained in "good repair," assuring they are clean, safe and functional in accordance with the Facilities Inspection Tool (FIT) developed by the Office of Public School Construction. No conditions should exist in structures or systems that pose a threat to the health and safety of pupils or staff while at school. School districts must certify that a facilities inspection system has been established to ensure each of its facilities is maintained in "good repair" in order to participate in the School Facility Program and the Deferred Maintenance Program.
Every pupil is entitled to a permanent, highly qualified teacher. A permanent, highly qualified teacher means there should be no teacher vacancies or misassignments and the teacher meets certain educational requirements, passes a test, and holds an official teaching credential.
“Teacher Vacancy” is defined as a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned prior to 20 working days after the first day of pupil attendance.
“Teacher Misassignment” is defined as the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or service position for which the employee does not have a legally recognized certificate or credential or is not otherwise authorized to hold the position. Proper authorization and training is required to teach English Learners (ELs) assigned to a teacher classroom.
A form will be provided during the Williams visit to report any teacher vacancies.
The district"s Standards, Assessment and Accountability department annually prepares the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for every school in San Diego Unified. Information in the SARC allows the public to evaluate and compare schools for student achievement, environment, resources and demographics. Williams legislation specifically requires reporting in the areas of instructional materials, school facilities and teachers to ensure:
Every school identified in API 1-3 in 2012 and/or those with a Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) grant will be subject to an annual visit by the County to verify compliance with the requirements of the law. A list of eligibility will be updated every three (3) years. Annual visits will be conducted by the fourth week of school to verify instructional materials sufficiency; inspect conditions of the facility, including all pupil and staff restrooms, drinking fountains and common areas; collect teacher vacancy data and validate information included in the School Accountability Report Card (SARC). SDCOE will make every effort to minimize disruptions to teaching and learning while conducting facilities and materials inspections during the school day. The County intends to visit 20-25% of the classrooms (subject to a minimum of one classroom per grade) at each elementary school, and 20-25% of secondary school classrooms in each of the four core subject areas, foreign language and health classes with enrollment. Teams will also verify adequacy of science laboratory equipment in grades 9-12.
Inspections will verify:
Uniform Complaint Notices and Valenzuela:
Board Resolution on Sufficiency of Instructional Materials
The Williams legislation requires that districts certify the sufficiency of instructional materials at their schools through a Board resolution by the end of the eighth week of the school year. Annually, District staff bring forward for Board approval the "Resolution in the Matter of Certification of Sufficient Textbooks or Instructional Materials," affirming that each pupil in the district has sufficient materials that are consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum framework adopted by the State Board of Education. This resolution certifies the sufficiency of instructional materials based on annual documentation from each school.
Instructional Resources and Materials
IMC, 2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego, CA 92123-3798
(858) 496-8466 - Phone
|Williams Coordinator||Barbara Baron|
Instructional Resources and Materials Department
|Instructional Materials Supervisor||Chris Woehler|
|SARC (School Accountability Report Cards)||Chuck Allen|
|Valenzuela Settlement /CAHSEE|
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