Coming Soon: California’s New Accountability Model & School Dashboard

New website will feature easy-to-read reports and showcase multiple metrics

The California Department of Education is field testing a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K–12 districts and schools. Called the California School Dashboard, this website (launching March 2017) will feature 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. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students.

To learn more about California's accountability and continuous improvement efforts, click here.

Why a new system and new tool?

The Dashboard is a key part of California's and the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement. California's future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate ready for college, careers and life. For schools to reach this goal, teachers, parents and the community need clear and useful measures of progress. As an accountability tool, the Dashboard will help the state identify schools and districts needing targeted assistance.

What’s different?

In the past, accountability systems for districts and schools relied solely on test scores. But one test taken on one particular day doesn't provide a complete picture of all the ways schools are helping students succeed. The Dashboard provides information on different aspects of student performance, which will give a more complete picture of a school’s progress. The Dashboard also reports on growth to show a school’s trajectory over time.

To learn more about how the Dashboard will use multiple measures, focus on equity and provide support for local decision-making click here.

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