Williams Legislation and Sufficiency

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.

Requirements for All Schools

All schools must meet the Williams Legislation requirements in the following categories:



Additional Requirements for API 1-3 and QEIA Schools


 Williams Visit Checklist-Cohort 4-this form outlines all Williams visit requirements for schools in San Diego Unified School District.
Preparing for a Successful Williams Team Visit (Power Point) -Important information to prepare for a successful Williams visit.

Annual Visits
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:

  1. each pupil has access to instructional materials in core subject areas to use at home and in the classroom, including sufficient laboratory equipment for high school science classrooms in grades 9-12;
  2. no emergency conditions exist in the classroom based on a visual and sensory examination;
  3. the accuracy of data reported on the most recent School Accountability Report Card (SARC) during the visit;
  4. current UCP (Uniform Complaint Procedure) notices are visibly posted in classrooms in English and where the native language of 15% or more of pupils is a language other than English, the notice must also be posted in this language;
  5. Valenzuela notice is visibly posted in the front office of every high school.
The visits will be conducted by teams of four to six people, including employees of the County and representatives from other school districts. The legislation specifies that visits must occur within the first four weeks of the school year. The visitation schedule and site notification will be provided by the County two weeks before the commencement of the first visit. California Ed Code requires 25% of school visits to be unannounced.

Resources for Annual School Visits

Williams Visit Checklist-Cohort 4-this form outlines all Williams visit requirements for schools in San Diego Unified School District.
Please choose the appropriate link below to access specific information and required documentation for upcoming Williams visits.

Uniform Complaint Notices:

Additional District Requirements

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.


Related Resources

Contact Information

Instructional Resources and Materials
IMC, 2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego, CA 92123-3798
(858) 496-8466 - Phone

Williams CoordinatorBarbara Baron
Program Manager
Instructional Resources and Materials Department
(858) 627-7564
Instructional Materials SupervisorChris Woehler
(858) 496-8461
FacilitiesGary Bowers
Planner/Estimator/Inspector (General)
(858) 573-5740
Teacher Assignments

Ann Cato
Certificated Human Resources

SARC (School Accountability Report Cards)Chuck Allen
(619) 725-7191
Uniform Complaint

Sandra Chong
Assistant General Counsel
(619) 725-5630

Valenzuela Settlement /CAHSEE   
Linda Trousdale
Program Manager, Office of Teaching and Learning
(619) 725-7342