Glossary of Terms
Academic Performance Index; 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. 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.
California Association of Private Schools Organizations
Charter schools are public schools that may provide instruction in any of grades K-12 that are created or organized by a group of teachers, parents, community leaders or a community-based organization. http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/
The Kindergarten Readiness Act
The act signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2010, which changed the kindergarten entry date from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1 so that children enter kindergarten at age 5. The law phases in the new age requirement by moving the cutoff date one month a year for three years. The 2012-2013 school year required kindergarten students to be five years of age by November 1, 2012. For the 2013-2014 school year, students must be five by October 1, 2013. By 2014 children must be five years of age by September 1 for kindergarten eligibility.