Federal Program Monitoring (FPM)
Current state and federal laws require the California Department of Education (CDE) to monitor implementation of program’s operated by each district and school. The FPM process centers on both the statutory monitoring requirements for LEAs and the California Department of Education (CDE). The FPM monitoring instruments have tight adherence and alignment with state and federal law. Districts are responsible to ensure that schools maintain compliant categorical programs. BCSD has embedded most of the required program components into the daily procedures of the District and school sites. BCSD’s internal controls and program design are structured to assure compliance while simultaneously emphasizing the academic needs of our students.
The need for actions / services provided with Title I funds must be identified in the Single Plan of Student Achievement (SPSA). Key Title I Actions are designed based upon THREE KEY QUESTIONS:
Describe the proposed expenditure:
- How was this need identified?
- How will this (researched-based) action close the achievement gap for identified student groups?
- How will this action be evaluated?
Personnel funded with federal funds must document work aligned to Title I purpose, document and complete time-accounting records.
Each Title I school also receives additional Title I funds to specifically promote parent involvement.
Title I Program Improvement (PI) Schools’ status is currently on hold based upon 2013-2014 Adequate Yearly Progress state test results.
Federal Program Review October 27 – November 4, 2015
Bakersfield City School District was selected by CDE to participate in a Federal Program Monitoring Review (FPM) October 27 – November 4, 2015. A FPM review determines if the LEA is meeting the statutory program and fiscal requirements for each program being reviewed.
The FPM review includes electronic submission of required program evidence, staff interviews, parent interviews, and observations of classrooms.
The CDE’s FPM team consisted of seven individuals each with specific program expertise. During this FPM review, the CDE FPM team quickly validated Title I, II, III, and Pre-K are supporting BCSD’s initiatives, the LEA Plan, and SPSA actions. District and school level data, observations and interviews with staff and parents validated the collective efforts of all stakeholders.
BCSD was reviewed in six programs:
- Compensatory Education/Title I (District, Casa Loma, McKinley, Williams, Sequoia, Stiern)
- English Learners/Title III (District, Casa Loma, McKinley, Williams, Sequoia, Stiern)
- Improving Teacher Quality/Title II (District)
- Early Education/Pre K (Horace Mann, McKinley)
- Educational Equity (District)
- Fiscal (District and school sites: Title I; District only: Title II, Title III)