School Site Council

The SSC Handbook

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What is a School Site Council?

SSC’s make important decisions at the school site about programs and spending and are made up of parents and families as well as school personnel.
The SSC decides upon academic instructional programs and all related categorical resource expenditures for a school.

A SSC is a school-community representative body made up of:
Other School Personnel
Parents or Community

All schools that receive federal or state categorical funding are required to have a SSC to decide how categorical funds are spent.

Education Code Section 52852 (formerly 52012) specifies that a school improvement plan shall be developed by a school site council (SSC). The law says, “The SSC shall be composed of the principal; representatives of teachers selected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by peers at the school; parents of pupils attending the school selected by such parents; and, in secondary schools, pupils selected by pupils attending the school.”
  • Middle grades SSC composition falls under the rules for secondary schools. For the first time students are included in the SSC.
  • At the secondary level the council shall be constituted to ensure parity between the principal, classroom teachers and other school personnel; (b) equal numbers of parents or other community members selected by parents, and pupils.
  • At both the elementary and secondary levels, classroom teachers shall comprise the majority of persons represented under category (a). (Education Code Section 52852)
  • Furthermore, Education Code Section 52852 states that parents or community members on the SSC may not be employed by the school district

School Improvement

School Improvement is a program for elementary, intermediate, and secondary schools to improve instruction, services, school environment, and organization at school sites according to plans developed by School Site Councils.

The California Education Code requires the school site councils to:
  • Measure effectiveness of improvement strategies at the school. 
  • Seek input from school advisory committees. 
  • Reaffirm or revise school goals. 
  • Revise improvement strategies and expenditures. 
  • Recommend the approved single plan for student achievement (SPSA) to the governing board. 
  • Monitor implementation of the SPSA 

Single Plan for Student Achievement

The purpose of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) is to raise the academic performance of all students to the level of state achievement standards. California Education Code sections 41507, 41572, and 64001 and the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) require each school to consolidate all school plans related to state and federal funding.

The California Department of Education has developed a planning guide and template for local educational agencies (LEAs) to meet the program requirements. Use of A Guide and Template for the Single Plan for Student Achievement (DOC; 1MB; 54pp.) is entirely voluntary.