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Janie Rhoades      

 Janie K. Rhoades, Director                                   PQAELC logo
 Program Quality/Academic English Learners                                    
 951-788-7135;  Extension 80720


 Together we strive to ensure that each scholar we serve is equally prepared to achieve and contribute to a global economy.

RUSD is committed to improving student achievement. Program Quality coordinates multiple areas required by No Child Left Behind. For example, we offer and coordinate technical assistance to schools, including budget alignment to goals, data analysis, and the implementation of effective strategies for improving student achievement. This department also coordinates Program Improvement choice transfers. Program Quality staff encourages parents and community members to partner with us in supporting our schools.



Our department is committed to closing the achievement gap for our Academic English Learners (AELs). We coordinate and offer professional development for administrators and teachers in research based strategies to support the increased rigor and accelerate the academic success for our AELs K-12.   



Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), students who attend a Title I funded school that is identified for program improvement (PI), corrective action, or restructuring may be given the option of school choice and/or supplemental educational services (SES). The school choice provision allows students attending such a Title I school the option to transfer to another public school that is within the school district and that is not in program improvement. Title I schools in year two of Program Improvement must provide supplemental educational services (SES) to eligible students who qualify. Supplemental educational services include tutoring or other academic activities beyond the regular school day. Eligibility is based on income  level and achievement levels on the California Standards test (CST). The Program Development Department coordinates SES.



RUSD’s first Dual Immersion program began in the fall of 2010 at Washington Elementary, a California Distinguished School. The Dual Immersion Program was implemented in two kindergarten classrooms, offering both English speaking and Spanish speaking students an exciting, enriching, and challenging educational opportunity. Because of the success of this program, Castle View Elementary is also offering Dual Immersion as of fall 2011. Over their K-6 experience, all students in the program will learn to read, write, and communicate effectively in Spanish and English while achieving high levels of academic success. Ultimately, the goal is for students to develop the bilingual skills and cross-cultural competencies needed to succeed in a multicultural society and global economy.                           

The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB), established by Assembly Bill 815 (Brownley, Chapter 618, Statutes of 2011), became effective January 1, 2012, and provides recognition to high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. 

Criteria for State Seal of Biliteracy

  •   Complete all ELA courses required for graduation with an overall G.P.A of 2.0 or above in those classes.

  •   Score on 11th grade ELA CST of proficient or advanced.

  •   Proficiency in a language in addition to English, demonstrated through one of the following methods:

    -Passing a foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) exam with a score of 3 or higher; -Passing an International
     Baccalaureate (IB) exam in a foreign language with a score of 4 or higher;

    -Successful completion of a four-year course of study in a foreign language and attainment of an overall G.P.A of 3.0 or
     above in that course of study;

    -Passing the Scholastic Assessment Test II (SAT II) foreign language exam with a score of 600 or higher.

Criteria for 8th Grade Recognition Progress Toward the Seal of Biliteracy:

  •   Completion of ELA courses in 7th and 8th grade with an overall G.P.A of 2.0 or above in those classes;

  •   Passing the 7th grade ELA CST with a score of proficient or advanced;

  •   Successful completion of a foreign language course with a G.P.A of 3.0 or above in that course of study