S.B. 1133 established the Quality Education Investment Act of 2006 for the Prop. 98 settlement agreement between the California Teachers Association v. Schwarzenegger. As part of the settlement, eligible schools would receive additional funding over a 7-year period. This funding would be used for supporting improvement efforts at schools that have high numbers of minority students and students who are English-language learners.
In the spring of 2007, Needham Elementary School was selected to participate in the QEIA program. QEIA funds assist schools in closing the achievement gap by reducing class size. Funds pay for additional teachers to maintain lower class sizes.
As a QEIA school, we receive $500 for each K-3 student and $900 for each student in fourth through sixth grade. Currently at Needham there are 20 of these students in kindergarten through third grade and about 25 students in fourth through sixth grade.
The other requirements of the QEIA program are that all core classes are taught by teachers that are highly qualified, teachers meet the average teacher experience target, all staff participates in 40 hours of professional development yearly and we meet our annual Academic Performance Index growth target.
Needham students have continued to exceed our API growth targets. In 2006 our API score was 625. In 2011 our API score was 711. In the last two years we have gained a total of 83 points.
Way to go, Needham Knights!
Needham Elementary School continues to meet all the requirements of the QEIA program.