California School Dashboard
New Statewide School Accountability System Goes Beyond Test Scores
Parents and educators will soon have a new way to learn about the performance of local schools and districts that goes far beyond what has previously been available. The California School Dashboard is a new website that uses multiple indicators to give a more complete picture of how schools are serving students.
A public preview of the Dashboard is expected to be available starting in mid-March with full implementation slated for the 2017-18 school year.
The new system gives a snapshot of several indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English learner progress and suspension rates, while still looking at test scores. It replaces the Academic Performance Index (API), which relied on test scores to produce a single number that offered a limited view of school performance.
The Dashboard is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education in California that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. It is part of the state’s new school accountability system based on 2013’s Local Control Funding Formula. It supports the educational goals that all school districts set in their annually updated Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs).
The Dashboard also reflects California’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement. The new system places greater emphasis on changes in performance from year to year. This will highlight programs that are making positive change and allow schools and districts to learn from each other’s success. It will also make it easier to identify areas where schools need assistance to improve performance.
While the old system emphasized punishing under-performing schools, the Dashboard shifts the focus to helping them improve which is a step in the right direction as schools continue to address the achievement gap and work to give all students the opportunity to succeed.
Key Advantages of the California School Dashboard
- More than a Single Number
- Focus on Equity
- Supports Local Decision-Making
- A quality education is defined by more than a single test score
- Increased focus on addressing disparities among student groups
- More information to support the local strategic planning process
State and Local Performance Indicators
The Dashboard will feature easy-to-read reports on school and district performance. It provides information on several indicators of school success based on data collected at the state and local levels. Some of the data is from the 2014-15 and 2016-17 school years and may not reflect current performance. Data for some state indicators and all local indicators may not be available until the 2017-18 school year.
- Academic Indicator - based on CAASPP test scores for English language arts and math (grades 3-8)
- English Learner Progress (K-12)
- Graduation Rate (9-12)
- Suspension Rate (K-12)
- Chronic Absenteeism* (K-12)
- College/Career Readiness* (9-12)
* Data for these indicators will not be available at launch
- Basic Services
- Implementation of State Academic Standards
- Parent Engagement
- School Climate
Performance Levels for State Indicators
Performance on state indicators for individual schools and districts will be represented in the Dashboard by easy-to-understand color-coded pie pieces. The five performance levels are: blue (highest), green, yellow, orange, and red (lowest). The levels reflect both current performance and changes in performance over time.
Dashboard Reports rely on visual graphics to show performance and growth
The Dashboard provides four types of reports with detailed performance information:
For the state indicators, color-coded pie pieces will represent school and subgroup performance levels. Ranked from least favorable to most favorable, the performance levels are red (one slice), orange (two slices), yellow (three slices), green (four slices) and blue (a full pie).
- Equity Report – performance level of all students
- Status and Change Report – current performance and change over time
- Detailed Reports – year-by-year data for the state and local indicators
- Student Group Report – performance of various demographic groups
The colors show how well the school or subgroup performed overall (status) and how much it improved or worsened over a three-year period (change). Learn more about how each color is assigned by visiting the California Accountability Model & School Dashboard webpage.