The California Department of Education develops state frameworks and standards recommending what students should be learning in each subject area by grade and by course. The state also develops an assessment and accountability program that measures student progress toward the standards called the California Standards Test (STAR). Student progress is reflected in the Academic Performance Index (API) for individual schools. The state also provides a list of approved textbooks and other materials for use in K - 8 grade classrooms.
In the San Juan District, staff members and a citizens' committee review state-approved textbooks and classroom materials and make recommendations to the school board about which materials should be purchased and used in San Juan schools. The final decisions are made by the school board at public meetings. Textbooks and other curriculum materials, including titles, descriptions, course of studies and academic standards are available at schools and at the district office for review by parents. (Ed. Code 49091.14) These standards describe what students are expected to know and be able to do at each grade level and in each subject. In addition, information on academic standards and assessment of student achievement is available from schools or the district office.