California School Dashboard
California is making a series of major shifts in public education with one overriding goal: To improve learning so all students can be successful in school, college, work and life. The California School Dashboard (Dashboard), the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and the California System of Support are key features of this effort.
- Students are more than just test scores. The Dashboard gives parents a fuller picture of student performance by displaying statewide data on graduation rates, suspension rates, school attendance rates, college/career readiness rates and test scores. It also includes local information about school climate and conditions, parent engagement and basic services.
- California is putting equity issues up front and center. The Dashboard breaks down information by student group (low-income, English learner, foster youth, etc.) to help local communities see gaps and resources to support struggling students.
- California is empowering important conversations. Local education communities know the local education landscape. But talking frankly about challenges isn’t always easy. The Dashboard works in tandem with the Local Control and Accountability Plan process to spark robust discussions about goals, gaps and resource distribution at the local level.
- All schools and districts have strengths and challenges. Every school and district can improve. To do so, local communities need to know what they’re doing right and where there are issues to address.
- California is providing unprecedented support to struggling districts -- not punishing them. Negative labels and sanctions don't help school districts diagnose problems or learn how to help themselves.
- California is helping districts help themselves. California is too big and too diverse for top-down mandates to work. The California System of Support is focused on helping local districts tap into rich local resources so they can develop the skills and knowledge educators need to improve student learning.
- California is creating a connected network of expertise. Districts can have multiple, complex and localized needs. The System of Support connects districts to specialists who have tackled similar issues and have the experience to help.
- California is reducing red tape at the local level. Federal accountability requirements have been folded into California's continuous improvement system, streamlining and strengthening support to struggling schools.
The 2017 Dashboard evaluated schools, districts and county offices of education on four state indicators (graduation rates, suspension rates, test scores and English learner progress) using California's color-coded performance levels that take both status and change into account. The 2018 Dashboard brings two additional color-coded indicators into the Dashboard for the first time, reflecting the completion of a multi-year data collection cycle. Updates and changes for 2018 include:
- Chronic Absenteeism. Schools, districts and county offices of education that serve K–8 students will be evaluated for the first time with a red-through-blue color on the Chronic Absenteeism Indicator.
- College/Career. Schools, districts and county offices of education that serve 9–12 students will be evaluated for the first time with a red-through-blue color on the College/Career Indicator.
- Grade 11 Test Scores. Schools, districts and county offices of education that administer the Smarter Balanced Assessments in math and English language arts in grade 11 will be evaluated for the first time with a red-through-blue color on the Academic Indicator.
- Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) Schools. The performance of students who attend alternative schools (such as continuation schools and community day schools) will now be factored into Dashboard indicators. Many of these schools are operated by county offices of education, and therefore these agencies will be evaluated by color-coded indicators for the first time.
- Graduation Rate. The four-year cohort graduation rate reflects changes in methodology in compliance with U.S. Department of Education requirements.
- Participation Rate. Schools, districts and county offices of education will see an adjustment to their performance on the Academic Indicator if less than 95 percent of students participated in the state assessments.
- Three-by-Five Grids. Schools, districts and county offices of education with less than 150 students will have the three-by-five grid applied to the Graduation Rate, Suspension Rate and Chronic Absenteeism indicators to prevent large swings in data caused by the small populations of students.
- English Learner Progress. With the transition to the new English Learner Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), the English Learner Progress indicator will only report on the results of this assessment on the 2018 Dashboard for information purposes.