Have you heard the news? California has launched a field test of the California School Dashboard, an online tool designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools.

The California School Dashboard website features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates. The Dashboard is part of California’s new school accountability system based on 2013’s Local Control Funding Formula and it’s the next step in a series of major shifts in public education, changes that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and put the focus on equity.

View the California School Dashboard here:

California School Dashboard logo

The California School Dashboard features:

More than a Single Number: Using Multiple Measures
Focus on Equity: Success for Every Student
Support for Local Decision-Making

The School Dashboard includes easy to use reports, which show local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local indicators to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

State Indicators

  • Chronic Absenteeism* (K-12)
  • Suspension Rate (K-12)
  • English Learner Progress Indicator (K-12)
  • Graduation Rate (9-12)
  • College/Career Readiness Indicator* (9-12)
  • Academic Indicator (ELA and mathematics assessments) - based on CAASPP test scores for English language arts and math (grades 3-8)

*Data for indicators shown above with an asterisk * will not be available at launch

Local Indicators

  • Basic Services (Teachers, Instructional Materials, Facilities)
  • Implementation of State Academic Standards
  • Parent Engagement
  • Local School Climate

Performance on state indicators for individual schools and districts are 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). Performance Levels are calculated using percentiles that combine Status and Change in performance over time, using a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results represented by five colors.

 Performance level indicators

The five-by-five colored table demonstrates the importance of continuous improvement in the new accountability system. Green is the target.


 

The Equity Report identifies performance gaps between student groups in the different indicators. Equity means that a student’s zip code, race or gender shouldn’t predict their success in school. Each child is unique and needs unique supports in their education. This is an example of an Equity Report:


equity report example

 

The Status and Change Report shows the performance level for each state indicator and the current performance (Status) and difference from past performance (Change) that resulted in that performance. Here is an example of a Status and Change Report:


On the local level, Conejo Valley Unified School District plans to have a review of the data that comes forward from this new accountability system. Stakeholder meetings will be held and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and School Plan Integration will be established.

At the state level, the Dashboard is deliberately designed to be a work in progress: Metrics and reports will be added over time. During the field testing phase, the state will be gathering feedback to make additional modifications.