Report 2016-114 Recommendation 7 Responses

Report 2016-114: College Readiness of California's High School Students: The State Can Better Prepare Students for College by Adopting New Strategies and Increasing Oversight (Release Date: February 2017)

Recommendation #7 To: Coachella Valley Unified School District

To increase students' access to and completion rates of college preparatory coursework, districts should create and institute a centralized process for submitting, managing, and tracking college preparatory courses and certification requests. This process should maximize the number of certified courses that the district offers. Further, to ensure that students receive appropriate credit for their college preparatory coursework, this process should match the UC's course listings with each school's master schedule of courses.

1-Year Agency Response

Auditee did not respond to our recommendation.

  • Estimated Completion Date: unknown
  • Response Date: May 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Pending

6-Month Agency Response

The district is proposing a new position to be included in the LCAP that would designate a district-level college and career counseling coordinator to devise, implement, and monitor a comprehensive, cohesive college and career readiness plan for the district. This position would coordinate all activities related to supporting and coordinating, with an identified assistant principal at each high school, in monitoring site counselors' work in identifying students who fall off track for graduation and A-G eligibility, ensuring documentation of parent notification and placement of students into credit recovery, and ensuring a wide array of credit recovery options to include during the school day, after school, Saturdays and summer school. Additionally, this proposed position would be responsible for developing and monitoring a uniform, district-wide course approval process from origination, alignment with CA standards, UC A-G certification, to curriculum council and school board approval. Finally, this position would hold bi-yearly meetings with a representative committee to update/revise courses and align site master schedules with A-G approved courses.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/31/18
  • Response Date: November 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

60-Day Agency Response

Since 2015, CVUSD has been systematically training designated site administrators, to centrally manage site accounts and work with the Director of Secondary Education to audit course lists. Since 2015 mis-registered courses, missing courses, and course update corrections have taken place. As of 2016 each site administration monitors their UC approved course lists and are audited by the Secondary Ed Director. College prep courses that are common between sites have been brought into alignment with each other.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 2/2018
  • Response Date: May 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken

The district has not taken any additional steps to create and institute a centralized process for submitting, managing, and tracking college preparatory courses and certification requests since the release of our audit in February 2017.

All Recommendations in 2016-114

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.