What Is the California School Dashboard?
The California School Dashboard
(or the Dashboard) is an online tool that shows parents and communities how schools and districts are performing on test scores, graduation rates, and other measures of student success. These multiple measures of success reflect California’s new accountability system, which is based on the ten priority areas of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
What is the Purpose of the California School Dashboard?
More Than a Single Number: In the past, test scores were often the only measure of student success. But students are more than test scores. Looking at more data – and more meaningful information -- helps more precisely identify a district or school's strengths and weaknesses and highlights performance gaps between groups of learners.
Focus on Equity - Success for Every Student: The Dashboard makes inequities impossible to ignore and helps communities align resources to improving student group performance through the Local Control and Accountability Plan process.
Support for Local Decision-Making: Local education communities know best how to address local needs. Top-down approaches of the past haven't worked because California is too big and too diverse for one-size-fits-all approaches to district and school improvement.
What Are the Measures of School Success?
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)
Basic Services (Teachers, Instructional Materials, Facilities)
Implementation of State Academic Standards
Local School Climate
What are Performance Levels?
Schools and districts receive one of five performance levels on each state indicator. Each performance level is identified by a different color:
The combination of the five Status levels and the five Change levels results in 25 boxes, which are displayed in a five-by-five colored table. The performance level (color) is the point where the Status level and Change level meet.
How is Performance Reported on the Dashboard?
The first report that appears is the Equity Report. This report shows performance gaps between different student groups at the school or district level. Here is an example of an Equity Report:
Another important report is the Status and Change Report. It shows how students performed in the current year and whether they improved over the past year (or years). Here is an example of Status and Change Report:
What Are Next Steps?
Rowland Unified School District uses the data in the dashboard to support local decision-making and ongoing updates to the Local Control Accountability Plan. The state uses the dashboard as part of the school accountability system and will continue to add more reports over the years.
Where Can I Find More Resources?