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State Accountability Report Card

An Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) required annual statewide summary report of student assessment results, high school graduation rates, teacher qualifications, and other indicators.
Program Information
  • Overview of the State Accountability Report Card
    Federal law requires each state to produce an annual report card that summarizes assessment results of students statewide and disaggregated by student groups. This link provides information about the requirements and content of the State Accountability Report Card.

  • Accountability Report Card Listserv
    The Accountability Report Card Listserv is used to communicate to the local educational agencies (LEAs) regarding the updates of the report cards and related program information. This link provides information about how to subscribe and unsubscribe to the Accountability Report Card Listserv.
State Accountability Report Card

The ESEA requires an annual statewide summary report card of student assessment results, high school graduation rates, teacher qualifications, and other indicators. Below are these statewide report cards.

Related Sites
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
    On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the ESSA, reauthorizing the federal ESEA and replacing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA. Most of the new provisions will not take effect until the 2017–18 school year, making the 2016–17 school year a transition year for LEAs. This link provides information regarding the ESSA and the development of California's plan to implement the new federal education act.

  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
    The NCLB Act of 2001 strengthened the Title I accountability by requiring States to implement statewide accountability systems covering all public schools and students. The ESSA replaces the NCLB, and the last Adequate Yearly Progress reports under the NCLB were produced in 2015.

  • U.S. Department of Education External link opens in new window or tab.
    The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education.

  • School Accountability Report Card
    The state law (Education Code) and federal law (Public Law 107-110) require California public and nonpublic, nonsectarian schools to annually prepare school report cards which provide information to the community to allow public comparison of schools for student achievement, environment, resources, and demographics.

  • Local Educational Agency Accountability Report Card
    The federal ESEA requires annual districtwide summary report cards that summarize assessment results of LEAs statewide and disaggregated by student groups.


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Last Reviewed: Friday, November 18, 2016
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  • Data Element Definitions and Sources 2013-14 (DOC) (added 16-Nov-2016)
    Descriptions of data elements and their sources for the 2013-14 School Accountability Report Card (SARC).