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California School Dashboard

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Based on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was passed in 2013, California has a new accountability system that is based on multiple measures. These measures are used to determine local educational agency (LEA) and school progress toward meeting the needs of their students. Performance on these multiple measures will be reported through the California School Dashboard. 
This new multiple measures system replaces the former Academic Performance Index (API), which was based solely on testing results, and the federal requirement to calculate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Equity is at the heart of the new accountability system and changes how accountability is measured. It aims to synthesize and make accessible a wealth of state and local data to help schools achieve better outcomes for their students. On the dashboard, student performance includes multiple measures that go beyond test scores, giving a more complete picture of a school’s progress.

Dashboard Reporting
To access the dashboard, navigate to https://www.caschooldashboard.org and search for the School, District or County Office of Education in the search bar.

State Performance Indicators (K-8 Districts)
  • Academic Achievement in English Language Arts
  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics
  • Chronic Absenteeism (data not available until fall 2018)
  • English Learner Progress
  • Suspension Rate
The multiple measures system for state indicators is based on percentiles to create a five-by-five grid that produces 25 results and 5 performance levels (Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red). This five-by-five grid combines Status and Change to make an overall determination for each indicator and provides equal weight to both Status and Change. Districts and Schools will receive a Performance Level color/picture for each of the State Performance Indicators above.
Highest Performance to Lowest Performance: Blue to Red
Local Performance Indicators
  • Basic Services
  • Implementation of State Academic Standards
  • Parent Engagement
  • School Climate
The State Board of Education approved standards for the local indicators that support districts in measuring and reporting their progress within the appropriate priority area. For each local indicator, the approved standard includes:
  • Measuring district progress on the local indicator based on locally available information, and
  • Reporting the results to the district’s local governing board at a regularly scheduled meeting of the local governing board and to stakeholders and the public through the Dashboard.
For each applicable local indicator, districts assign one of three performance levels:
  • Met
  • Not Met
  • Not Met for More than Two Years

The district makes the determination for each applicable local indicator by using self-reflection tools to measure and report their progress through the Dashboard.