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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for California School Dashboard

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What is the California School Dashboard?

The Dashboard is a new website that shows how local educational agencies and schools are performing on the indicators included in California's new school accountability system. The Dashboard is the next step in a series of major shifts in California K–12 schools, changes that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. The Dashboard provides information that schools can use to improve.

What information does the Dashboard include?

The Dashboard is made up of easy-to-use reports that show local educational agency or school performance on six state indicators and four local indicators (six for county offices of education). Users can search to see the reports for any local educational agency or school.

Information for two state indicators -- Chronic Absenteeism and College and Career Readiness -- and the six local indicators will be added over time as it becomes available. During the testing phase of the Dashboard prior to full implementation, Grade 11 test scores can be accessed by selecting the College and Career Readiness indicator.

What is a local educational agency?

Local educational agencies are defined in state law as school districts, county offices of education and charter schools.

When will the Dashboard be publicly available?

A field test of the Dashboard will launch publicly in March 2017. The field test serves as a "beta test" to allow people to become familiar with the new accountability system and website and to provide feedback on the Dashboard reports and functionality.

The Dashboard will be fully implemented for the 2017–18 school year based on feedback during the field test. Even then, there will be continued adjustments and improvements going forward as needed.

Does the Dashboard include information on all schools and local educational agencies?

Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) schools were not included when setting the performance standards because many of the indicators do not accurately reflect performance for these schools.

The State Board of Education is considering alternate indicators for these ASAM schools and anticipates incorporating them into the new accountability system in the future.  These schools will not have a Dashboard report during the field test.

Why was the Dashboard created?

The Dashboard was created to give parents and the public a better idea of what is happening in our schools and districts and to identify schools and districts that need extra help. The Dashboard is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula law passed in 2013 that significantly changed how California provides funding to public schools and holds local educational agencies accountable for student performance.

The Local Control Funding Formula law required that the State Board of Education adopt a new accountability tool that reflects performance in different priority areas identified in the law. The Dashboard is how performance data on the state and local indicators that the State Board of Education included in this new accountability tool is shown publicly.

What is different about California’s new school accountability system?

California's new school accountability system provides a more complete picture of how schools are meeting the needs of all students. There are three important advantages to California's new approach:

  • More than a single number: The multiple measures of student success define a quality education more broadly than a single test score.
  • Equity: There is an increased focus on identifying and addressing disparities among student groups.
  • Supporting Local Decision Making: State accountability tools provide information to support local planning process around improving student performance.

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Questions: Academic Accountability Team | dashboard@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 6, 2017
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