California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

County Leadership

The county offices of education throughout California serve a unique role in supporting school improvement efforts. County offices of education (COEs) provide services and approve budgets and expenditures for school districts, as well as providing direct services to students with particular needs. Typically, services for middle schools fall under one of many umbrella programs such as technology, after-school, or special education.

Among other things, the county offices of education may coordinate the following areas for districts in their regions:

  • Professional development
  • Curriculum expertise
  • Program Improvement. County teams often serve as the School Assistance and Intervention teams. In this role, they help schools and districts in program improvement to use the Academic Program Survey (DOC; 669KB; 39pp.) to assess their progress toward implementing all of the Essential Program Components.
  • Policy Support
  • Resources (for example, programs for special education, and juvenile offender programs)

In the Spotlight

Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Wiseburn Elementary School District
In partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Wiseburn District staff members facilitated faculty discussions to design a writing plan for the year. Faculty conversations also focused on how to calibrate the scoring of those writing samples so teachers would know how well students were demonstrating their knowledge of grade-level standards and how well they were prepared for the next grade level. The districtwide teacher teams developed a writing document to demonstrate what students should be able to do in each grade level, how they will demonstrate it, the support mechanisms that will be in place to assist them, and the assessments that will measure success. The teams developed anchor papers to show what students’ work would demonstrate. They also identified instructional steps to help students develop needed skills. At the end of the conversations, all teachers were on the same page about expectations, instructional methods, and assessments to increase student writing ability.

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