The California Department of Education (CDE) oversees the state's diverse and dynamic public school system, which is responsible for the education of more than six million children and young adults in more than 10,000 schools with 295,000 teachers. The CDE and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction are responsible for enforcing education law and regulations; and for continuing to reform and improve public elementary school programs, secondary school programs, adult education, some preschool programs, and child care programs. The CDE's mission is to provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood. The CDE serves our state by innovating and collaborating with educators, schools, parents, and community partners, preparing students to live, work, and thrive in a highly connected world.
The Audits and Investigations (A&I) Division's primary mission is to conduct a comprehensive program of external, internal, and investigative auditing services to help ensure that the California Department of Education (CDE): (1) maintains adequate fiscal and administrative controls; and (2) administers programs in compliance with federal and state requirements. A&I also audits external (non-CDE) entities to determine whether they are viable, capable, and accountable for funding administered by the CDE.