It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage improvement in the performance of all public schools by providing fiscal incentives to motivate teachers and school site administrators to work to increase school performance. It is not the intent of the Legislature that incentive funding provided pursuant to this article be used as a substitute for periodic inflation adjustments to school apportionments.
The Legislature recognizes that recent indicators of education achievement, including the results of the California Assessment Program, show high schools to be in the greatest need of educational improvement. It is therefore the intent of the Legislature that the Education Improvement Incentive Program first be implemented in the state’s public high schools.
It is further the intent of the Legislature that the Californa Assessment Program conducted pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 60600) of Part 33 be used to measure the improvement of school performance in content courses, with an emphasis on logical analysis, the drawing of reasonable inferences, and communication of ideas.