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SARC Preparation Guide for Public Schools

A School Accountability Report Card (SARC) Coordinator's guide for preparing and publishing a public school SARC.

For the purposes of the SARC program, a local educational agency (LEA) is a school district or a county office of education or a direct funded charter school or a nonpublic nonsectarian school.

The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed the new myCDEconnect unified system for the convenience of the local educational agencies (LEAs) to manage multiple program reports all in one location. In the myCDEconnect system LEAs can register for one or more programs at one time, work on their program reports in one location, and do all of this through one login user account.

The various programs will be installed in the myCDEconnect system one at a time. Currently, the program available in the myCDEconnect system is the School Accountability Report Card (SARC). During 2023 and 2024, the following programs will be incorporated in this unified system and made available: Accountability Listserv, California School Dashboard Coordinators, and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) e-Template.

REGISTER FOR A SARC USER ACCOUNT

Main Authorizers are Superintendents, Direct Funded Charter (DFC) School Administrators, and Nonpublic Nonsectarian (NPS) School Administrators.

Upon the open date of the SARC User Account Registration, the system will automatically generate, and send an email (from noreply@mycdeconnect.org) with, a SARC user account information (i.e., usernames and passwords) to the Main Authorizers, as listed on the California School Directory. At that time, the SARC User Account Registration system will be open for registration by the designated SARC Coordinators and designated Alternate Authorizers.

  1. Upon registration by Coordinators (limit up to 2) and Alternate Authorizers (limit of 1), an email from noreply@mycdeconnect.org will be sent to the Main Authorizer for approval or denial.

  2. The option of designating an Alternate Authorizer is for the convenience of the Main Authorizer. An Alternate Authorizer will have all the same system responsibilities and capabilities as the Main Authorizer. If an Alternate Authorizer has been designated/approved, the system will also send to the Alternate Authorizer all the same emails sent to the Main Authorizer, including the registration emails for approval/denial.

A SARC Coordinator is an employee of the school/LEA and/or a third-party vendor contracted with the school/LEA, designated to prepare and process the LEA’s SARCs on the myCDEconnect unified system.

How to register as a Coordinator:

Step 1: Go to the myCDEconnect External link opens in new window or tab.. In the top right menu select “Registration”.

Step 2: Select the button “I am registering to be a Coordinator”.

Use the “Search for individual schools” if selecting one or more schools (including charter schools and NPS schools); type the name of the school, select the school; repeat until you have completed your list of schools; and/or

Use the “Search for districts” if selecting a district; type the name of the district; select the district, this will provide you with the full list of schools within that district (traditional schools and locally funded charter schools, appropriately).

Once you have your completed list of school(s), scroll to the bottom of the web page, select “Continue”.

Step 3: Either check the box “Designation for SARC” for each school individually or select the button “Select All Schools for SARC Program” to check all the boxes at one time. All boxes must be checked in order to proceed.

Scroll to the bottom of the web page, select “Continue”.

Step 4: Populate the requested information. All mandatory fields identified with an asterisk (*) must be completed in order to submit this form.

Scroll to the bottom of the web page, select “Submit”.

Step 5: You have completed the registration process. You are advised to print this confirmation web page for your records.

Your registration request has been emailed to your Main Authorizer (and to the Alternate Authorizer, if designated). The registration request is valid/active for 72 hours. If you have not received a response after 72 hours, you should contact your Main Authorizer (and your Alternate Authorizer, if designated). If your registration request has been made invalid/inactive, you will need to re-register to allow the Main Authorizer (and Alternate Authorizer, if designated) an additional 72 hours for response.

If approved, you will receive an email from noreply@mycdeconnect.org with username and password information. If denied, you will receive an email from noreply@mycdeconnect.org with denial notification.

An Alternate Authorizer is an employee of the LEA, designated by the Main Authorizer of the LEA to act on behalf of the Main Authorizer in all required capacity for the SARC program on the myCDEconnect.

The Alternate Authorizer will have all the same system responsibilities and capabilities as the Main Authorizer, including but not limited to, the approval/decline of registration requests. Designating an Alternate Authorizer is an available option for the convenience of the Main Authorizer, with a limit of 1 Alternate Authorizer.

How to register as an Alternate Authorizer:

Step 1: Go to the myCDEconnect External link opens in new window or tab.. In the top right menu select “Registration”.

Step 2: Select the button “I am registering to be an Alternate Authorizer”.

Step 3: Type the name of the district or DFC school; select the district or DFC school, appropriately.

Scroll to the bottom of the web page, select “Continue”.

Step 4: Populate the requested information. All mandatory fields identified with an asterisk (*) must be completed in order to submit this form.

Scroll to the bottom of the web page and select “Submit”.

Step 5: You have completed the registration process. You are advised to print this confirmation web page for your records.

Your registration request has been emailed to your Main Authorizer. The registration request is valid/active for 72 hours. If you have not received a response after 72 hours, you should contact your Main Authorizer. If your registration request has been made invalid/inactive, you will need to re-register to allow the Main Authorizer an additional 72 hours for response.

If approved, you will receive an email from noreply@mycdeconnect.org with username and password information. If denied, you will receive an email from noreply@mycdeconnect.org with denial notification.

Note: It is the responsibility of the Main Authorizers and the registrants to check their junk mail or have the SPAM email filter reviewed to check for any messages from noreply@mycdeconnect.org. They may need to communicate with their technology person to ensure that their system will allow receipt of emails from noreply@mycdeconnect.org.

BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SARC WEB PAGES

Read and become thoroughly familiar with the content found on the CDE SARC web page. In particular, the following links will provide valuable background information and will answer most of the questions you may have as you are completing the SARC:

PREPARE THE SARC

The CDE does not accept SARCs via email as attachments or links. The online SARC Web Application system serves as the mechanism for each school/LEA to provide the CDE with its completed SARC. A username and password are required to access the SARC Web Application system. There are two methods available for schools/LEAs to submit their SARCs to the CDE: (1) use the online partially pre-populated electronic SARC template available on the SARC Web Application located in the myCDEconnect system to complete and post the SARC or (2) upload an accurate uniform resource locator (URL) to the website address where the SARC has been posted on the school/LEA website.

The electronic 2021–22 SARC template is available on the online SARC Web Application External link opens in new window or tab. and is partially pre-populated using the data that the public schools/LEAs submitted to the CDE during the school year. The electronic SARC template allows schools/LEAs to modify the pre-populated data, except the teacher data and the state data; input the remaining data; and provides the schools/LEAs the flexibility to upload a photo of the school's principal and a custom principal's message. Additionally, this application provides graphical displays of some of the data shown on the SARC, and provides an electronic, real-time translation of the information provided on the SARC in over 70 languages for those viewing the SARC using Google translate.

For any table that does not apply to your school based on grade-level, you may select the checkbox "Do not display this table to the public" located at the top of each electronic table, then select the "Save" button. For example, an elementary school with grades kindergarten through grade six do not need to complete the Dropout Rate and Graduation Rate (Four-Year Cohort Rate) table as it pertains to high school grades nine through twelve. Therefore, the Dropout Rate and Graduation Rate (Four-Year Cohort Rate) table may be restricted from the public view, appropriately.

For schools/LEAs that are not interested in using the electronic 2021–22 SARC template, the CDE has also provided a blank 2021–22 SARC template in Word available on the CDE SARC web page.

The blank SARC template in Word has the letters DPC (data provided by CDE) in tables and cells to specify the data elements CDE intends to pre-populate in the electronic SARC template and to provide in downloadable data files; and the letters DPL (data provided by the LEA) in tables and cells to specify the data elements that remain for the schools/LEAs to populate.

However, if for any reason, data was not uploaded into a table/cells of the electronic SARC template that have the letters DPC shown in the blank SARC template, the school/LEA is still required to populate the table/cells. While the CDE provides data where data are available, the schools/LEAs are ultimately responsible for the completion of their entire SARCs and for the accuracy of all data in their SARCs.

POST THE SARC

The intention of the CDE Find a SARC web page External link opens in new window or tab. is to make SARCs easily available for parents, guardians, and community members. After SARCs are locally prepared and approved by the school's local governing board, LEAs must submit their SARCs to the CDE via the SARC Web Application. The CDE recommends that LEAs also post their SARCs on each school's and/or district's website.

NOTIFY THE PARENTS

Notify parents about the purpose and availability of the school's SARC. Provide instructions about how the SARC can be obtained both through the Internet and on paper (upon request). The CDE recommends that schools have copies of their SARC available in the school office and at public forums, such as parent information events.

Questions: SARC TEAM | sarc@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0406 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 07, 2022