School Site Council
What is a School Site Council (SSC)?
A School Site Council (SSC) is a group of teachers, parents, administrators, students (secondary level), and interested community members who work together to develop and monitor a school's improvement plan. Their primary role is to oversee the academic planning process to ensure that the needs of all students are specifically addressed in the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).
Each member of the Council shares their unique perspective and knowledge of the school’s needs, as they affect student achievement, during School Site Council meetings. Those individuals who are most affected by the decisions and operation of the school should have a major role in the decision making process.
A school that operates a categorical program funded through the consolidated application (ConApp) shall establish a School Site Council if such program requires a School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) (California Education Code [EC] Section 65000[b]). The actions of the School Site Council are the first step in a formal process for developing improvement strategies and for allocating resources to support these efforts. School Site Councils oversee the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and the budgets required and articulated within the plan. The SPSA is a plan that establishes the goals for a school’s student achievement, describes the programs, and identifies the categorical funds used by the school to achieve these goals. School Site Councils play a significant role in increasing student achievement by focusing their work on the development, monitoring, and evaluation of the SPSA and corresponding budgets.
Schools benefit from having a School Site Council because they:
● Provide an opportunity for interaction between parents, teachers and administrators
● Foster the importance of decision making at the site level
● Foster the importance of parental involvement
● Contribute to the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)