ACCOUNTABILITY Progress Reporting

Parent and Guardian Guide to California's Accountability Progress Reporting System

California's integrated accountability system reports both the state Academic Performance Index (API), and the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Program Improvement (PI).


Academic Performance Index (API)
The cornerstone of California's Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999; measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures.

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)   
A statewide accountability system mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which requires each state to ensure that all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress.

Program Improvement (PI)
All Title I funded schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) are identified for Program Improvement (PI) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Title III Accountability
A statewide accountability system as required by Title III and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which reports on English proficiency achievement objectives for English learners.

School Accountability Report Card (SARC)


An annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is produced for each CUSD school. It provides valuable information for parents, teachers, administrators and the community, including:
  • description of facilities
  • demographics
  • curriculum
  • special programs
  • academic and test data
  • teacher/staff information
  • school safety
  • fiscal data
  • and more