The mission of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) is to foster student success through service to students, schools, and the community.
SCOE is a partner to the county’s 40 districts, providing services and oversight that help them serve roughly 71,000 students. SCOE does not have or create policies directing district behavior. Each district sets its own policies. Here are some of the key programs SCOE offers:
- Service and support to help districts meet legal mandates, operate cost-effectively, and raise student achievement.
- Fiscal oversight to districts.
- Schools and services for special education and alternative education students who are not enrolled at district sites.
- Career Technical Education (CTE) department helps districts in prepare their students for college and career.
- Professional development for teachers and administrators.
County Superintendent and County Board
Steven D. Herrington, Ph.D., is the elected Superintendent of Schools and serves as SCOE’s chief administrative officer. The separately elected members of the Sonoma County Board of Education work with the Superintendent to oversee county education initiatives.
California Common Core State Standards
Facilitate and successfully implement the Common Core State Standards, pre-kindergarten to grade 12
College and Career Readiness
Support academically rigorous and relevant career and college preparation for all students; promote 21st century teaching and learning to ensure that students acquire critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills
School Success for English Learners
Develop and support strategies to ensure that English learners are successful in school settings; promote best practices through professional development for educators
Assessment and Accountability
Provide technical support, resources, and expertise to help schools and districts measure, monitor, and direct student learning opportunities
Financial and Economic Stability
Support and facilitate financial decision making based on sound economic and educational principles and effective fiscal and accounting practices
Service to Youth and Community
Promote activities, events, and community partnerships that support families and help ensure students’ academic success