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Dashboard Local Indicators FAQs

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 statute. For these priority areas, the State Board of Education approved the local indicators, which are based on information that a local educational agency collects locally. The local indicators are:

  • Basic Conditions of Learning (Priority 1)
  • Implementation of State Academic Standards (Priority 2)
  • Parent and Family Engagement (Priority 3)
  • School Climate, as measured by a local climate survey (Priority 6)
  • Access to a Broad Course of Study (Priority 7)
  • Outcomes in a Broad Course of Study (Priority 8)
  • Coordination of Services for Expelled Youth (Priority 9) – County offices of education only
  • Coordination of Services for Foster Youth (Priority 10) – County offices of education only
How is performance measured on the local indicators?

The standards approved by the State Board of Education require a local educational agency to:

  1. Annually measure its progress on the local performance indicator based on locally available data.
  2. Report the results at a regularly scheduled public meeting of the local governing board.
  3. Report the results to the public through the Dashboard.

If a local educational agency meets the standard for a local indicator, it should select the rating of Met. If a local educational agency does not complete the self-reflection tool for a local indicator, the Dashboard will show as Not Met or Not Met for Two or More Years, as applicable.

Earning a performance level of Not Met for Two or More Years may be a factor in being identified for differentiated assistance beginning in the 2018–19 school year.

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

The State Board of Education approved self-reflection tools for each local indicator in the Dashboard. A local educational agency may use the self-reflection tools to report its results to its local governing board and reports its results to the public by completing these self-reflection tools within the Dashboard. Each local educational agency must have a designated Dashboard Coordinator by submitting an application on this site: https://coordinator.caschooldashboard.org/#/application. Designations are approved by the superintendent or the charter school administrator via email.

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 submit results regarding its local indicators?

Beginning with the Fall 2017 Dashboard release, local educational agencies were required to annually complete the self-reflection tools for the local indicators. For the 2019 Dashboard release, an LEA must complete the local indicators and submit its results by November 1, 2019. If a local educational agency does not complete the self-reflection tool and submit its results for a local indicator by the deadline, the Dashboard will show as Not Met by default.

Are there any differences for charter schools in completing local indicators?

All local educational agencies, including charter schools, are expected to report on the local indicators. LEAs, including charter schools, which do not complete the self-reflection tools and submit their results prior to the November 1 deadline will default to Not Met.

However, consistent with statute, indicators, including local indicators, apply to charter schools for state accountability purposes only if the underlying charter petition includes goals for each of the related state priorities that apply to the grade levels served and the nature of the charter school program. In these instances a charter school may complete the relevant local indicator(s) in the following way:

  • In the narrative box within the relevant self-reflection tool, provide a brief explanation for why the local indicator does not apply to the charter school, based on the underlying charter petition.
  • Select the Met option for the local indicator.
  • Select Submit.

This will ensure that the charter school is not reported as Not Met on the Dashboard.

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Questions: Local Agency Systems Support Office | LCFF@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-5233 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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