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    Who We Are

    The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) supports students through our mission to provide, promote, and support leadership and service for the success of every child, in every school, every day!

    We have oversight responsibilities for district budgets and educational plans, and we serve as a district providing school programs for the county’s most vulnerable students. As an education leadership agency, ACOE also provides training and support services for educators and works to advocate for great public schools for successful students in thriving communities. Learn more about ACOE's Vision.

  • Leadership and Service
    for Every Child, in Every School, Every Day!

    We Are a Service Provider

    service-providerFour divisions within ACOE identify and promote high-quality, cost-effective education services for schools and districts in Alameda County and throughout the region.

    Our team of Learning & Accountability experts design, develop, and deliver tailored services based on individual district needs to support teacher development and improve academic and social emotional learning for measurable student success.

    Our Business Services staff works to improve the quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of all school business operations in Alameda County.


    We Are a School District

    schooldistrict Our Student Programs and Services Division (SPaS) operates juvenile court schools, community schools, and a host of year-round alternative education programs to educate students not served by local school districts. We provide academic instruction and support services to the county’s most vulnerable students including justice-involved youth, pregnant and parenting minors, foster youth, homeless youth, and infants with special needs.


    We Are an Oversight Agency

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    ACOE monitors school district compliance with certain state and federal laws and oversees the budgets and educational spending (LCAP) plans for the 18 school districts within Alameda County.

    Responsibilities of the County Superintendent are outlined in the Education Code and include monitoring and oversight of district fiscal stability and the student academic environment.

    District Budget Oversight (AB1200)

    Under AB1200, the County Superintendent reviews the interim reports and the adopted budget of each school district and determines if the district budget allows the district to meet its financial obligations and multi-year financial commitments.

    AB1200 is a statewide plan for county offices of education and school districts to improve fiscal procedures, standards, and accountability. It was established to ensure fiscal solvency throughout the state’s school system following a number of district bankruptcies requiring state bailouts.

    If a district has failed to meet state requirements the Superintendent may intervene, typically by calling for additional fiscal expertise to assist a district.

    To learn more about district budget oversight, please visit ACOE's District Business and Advisory Services page.

    LCAP Oversight

    The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) outlines how a district will spend state funds to support all students, with an emphasis on English learner, low-income, and foster youth students in eight priority areas. Districts must develop and adopt a three-year LCAP and annual updates to the plan with goals and actions for students clearly tied to budget expenditures. County Superintendents are responsible for reviewing and approving or denying district LCAP plans.

    Credentials

    ACOE is the local agency approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to register the credentials of individuals hired by districts. We provide support services for administrative, teaching, and special education credentials, as well as permits and certificates.

    Williams Legislation

    "Williams Legislation" are a set of laws resulting from the Williams lawsuit settlement that seeks to ensure that all California students have equal access to the basics of a quality education: textbooks and instructional materials, safe and decent school facilities, and qualified teachers. Williams Legislation sets clear standards and holds schools accountable for meeting them through a monitoring and reporting process.

    The lowest performing schools in the state (ranked in deciles one to three on the Base Academic Performance Index) are monitored by County Superintendents to ensure that quality standards are implemented. The overall condition of facilities, the availability of textbooks and instructional materials, and the number of teacher misassignments and vacancies must be reported in annual School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) available to parents and the public. A Uniform Complaint Process allows for parents, students, teachers, and others to use to report when schools are not meeting the standards set.

    Our team of Learning & Accountability experts design, develop, and deliver tailored services based on individual district needs to support teacher development and improve academic and social emotional learning for measurable student success.

    Our Business Services staff works to improve the quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of all school business operations in Alameda County.