California School DashboardParents and educators have a new way to learn about the performance of local schools and districts that goes far beyond what was previously 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.
"We think California hit a home run with the Dashboard," said District Superintendent Pat Kelley. "It is going to be a great tool for parents and school administrators to use to get a better picture of how schools are doing,"The Dashboard is a work in progress with full implementation slated for the 2017-18 school year. According to California Department of Education, it will be a more valuable tool one to three years from now when more data comes online, feedback is incorporated and improvements are made.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson called it a historic milestone. “The California School Dashboard is a resource unlike anything we’ve ever had before. I think of it as a high-tech report card for our schools. Just as our children receive report cards with multiple grades in multiple subject areas, the California School Dashboard provides us with many different measures of a school’s performance—where it’s strong, where it needs to improve, how it’s doing over time."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).Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Pam Wilson said, "We are pleased to be one of the top-performing districts in Riverside County but we know there is still work to be done to ensure continuous improvement for students. The Dashboard shifts the focus from what has been done to how schools can improve."One of the district's areas of focus is on improving the achievement of English Language Learners (ELL) and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. While their performance last year was lower than other students, ELL's improved by 10.8 points in Math and they increased 14 points in English Language Arts (ELA). And our socioeconomically disadvantaged students increased 7 points in Math and 7.8 points in ELA. Having the Dashboard reports will help the district better align resources to address that achievement gap.
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 IndicatorsThe 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)
- Basic services
- Implementation of state academic standards
- Parent engagement
- School climate
Performance Levels for State IndicatorsPerformance 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 growthThe Dashboard provides four types of reports with detailed performance information:
- 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