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Mar 8, 2010 6:08 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Four local schools named in state low-achieving list

A list released today by the California Department of Education names four schools on the Central Coast that are persistently low-achieving. The schools on the list have been identified as the bottom 5% of the state's persistently low-achieving schools. The state requires these schools to implement a school intervention model in the following school year.

The local schools on the list are Adam Elementary, Alvin Elementary and Calvin C. Oakley Elementary in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District and Cesar Chavez elementary in the Santa Barbara School District. No schools in San Luis Obispo County are on the list.

The listed schools are in the 'Tier I' category, which means they are currently in a 'Program Improvement' stage. The schools will be forced to adopt drastic measures that could include replacing the principal and at least half of the teachers. Some schools on the list could be forced to close and either transfer students to different schools or reopen as a charter school.

Tiers II and III deal with schools that are identified as under-achieving by graduation rate criteria, as well as schools that do not fall under the lowest-achieving 5%.

Tonight on KSBY News at 5 and 6, we'll hear from a Santa Maria- Bonita School District official about what is being done to improve performance at the schools.

Click here for more information from the Department of Education's web site, including a link to the complete list of under-achieving schools.

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