Nevada Joint Union High School District

Nevada Joint Union High School District

NCLB Program Improvement

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 requires local school districts to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks for individual schools as well as for the school district as a whole.  AYP is based upon percentage benchmarks that must be met by the schools, subgroups of students, and the school district in math and reading language arts.  If the school district fails to meet the benchmarks AND/OR participation rates in all of the grades, then the school district is identified as “Program Improvement.”  The Nevada Joint Union High School District was initially identified as a “Program Improvement” school district in March of 2005.  Initially, the district was identified based solely upon the fact that 94% of our students participated in the assessments instead of the minimum 95%.  That 1% difference was the only area of needed improvement.  The fact that all the academic benchmarks were and continue to be met is a credit to the quality teaching staff and the support of our community.  Consequently, the Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD) continues to encourage the participation of ALL of our students in the testing program with the hope of meeting or exceeding the minimum participation rate.

We are firmly committed to continuing the progress and focus on academic achievement for all of our students.  The first step is to continue to ensure parent/guardian involvement.  Additionally, the following actions have been taken:

Consultation with parents/guardians and school staff as we revise our district’s Local Educational Agency Plan;
Reservation of at least 10% of our annual Title I allocation to provide professional development for teachers and administrators
Assistance to any school(s) as identified as Program Improvement.  Currently, none of the schools in the Nevada Jt. Union High School District have been identified.

The NJUHSD will keep you informed of efforts to engage parents in the process of assisting the school district to improve areas of concern.  If you would like to learn more about the federal NCLB law, you can go to  If you should have any additional questions, please feel free to Heather Cameron, Coordinator State & Federal Categorical Programs. 

History of Reasons for being in PI Corrective Action

  • YEAR 1: Participation rate at the primary continuation ASAM high school.  Nevada Joint Union High School missed the participation AMO by 2 students
  • YEAR 2: Participation rate at the primary continuation ASAM high school (attributed to significant personnel turn-over at the site)
  • YEAR 3: API in 2 schools both because they did not make target of 590 and were unable to grow 1 point as they did not have a 2006 API (one school is a community court school and the other our primary continuation school)
For the 2007/2008 school year, the Nevada Jt. Union High School District met all 14 criteria and did not advance in Program Improvement status. Two consecutive years of meeting Adequate Yearly Progress are required before a district can exit NCLB Program Improvement.
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