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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for the California School Dashboard Local Indicators

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What are the local indicators?

State data is not available for some priority areas identified in the Local Control Funding Formula law. For these priority areas, the State Board of Education approved the local indicators, which are based on information that local educational agencies collect locally.  The local indicators are:

  • Basic Services
  • Implementation of State Academic Standards
  • Parent Engagement
  • School Climate
  • Coordination of Services for Expelled Youth – County offices of education only
  • Coordination of Services for Foster Youth – County offices of education only
How is performance measured on the local indicators?

Local educational agencies receive one of three ratings based on whether they have measured and reported their progress through the Dashboard using locally collected data. The ratings are: Met, Not Met, or Not Met for Two or More Years.

For example, on the local indicator for Implementing State Academic Standards (Priority 2), the local educational agency would receive a Met rating if it:

  1. Annually measures its progress
  2. Reports the results at a regularly scheduled meeting of the local governing board
  3. Reports the results to stakeholders through the Dashboard

For local educational agencies that receive a Met rating, the local data that they collected will be included in a Detailed Report within the Dashboard.

How do local educational agencies collect and report the local data?

The Dashboard includes self-reflection tools that the State Board of Education approved as part of the new accountability system. Local educational agencies complete those self-reflection tools and can upload the information to be displayed through the Dashboard. Additional details on the local indicators, including the self-reflection tools, are available at the California School Dashboard Web page.

Do local indicators apply to schools?

No. Local indicators apply only to local educational agencies. If a local educational agency is made up of only one school (e.g., charter schools and single school districts), the local indicators will appear on the local educational agency/school report.  If a local educational agency has more than one school, the local indicators will appear on the local educational agency reports but not the school reports.

Is there a deadline for local educational agencies to report the local data and receive a Met rating for the local indicators?

The Dashboard is being field tested during the 2016–17 year.  Local educational agencies are strongly encouraged to begin collecting and reporting the local data prior to the full implementation of the Dashboard in 2017–18.

During the field test, there is no deadline to report local data. If the local educational agency completes the self-reflection tool and otherwise meets the performance standard for a local indicator, the Dashboard will show as Met.  If the local educational agency does not complete the self-reflection tool for a local indicator, the Dashboard will show as Not Applicable (N/A).

Beginning in 2017–18, there will be a date-certain in the fall when local educational agencies must complete the self-reflection tool in order to receive a Met rating.  If the local educational agency does not complete the self-reflection tool for a local indicator by the deadline, the Dashboard will show as Not Met or Not Met for Two or More Years by default.

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Questions: Academic Accountability Team | dashboard@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Friday, March 10, 2017
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