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Open Enrollment

Repository archive entry for the Open Enrollment program in the Programs No Longer Administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) Section of the CDE Web site.

Added to Programs No Longer Administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) on June 10, 2019.

This information is for historical purposes only and it is possible that information contained here may not be current.

The Open Enrollment program is no longer administered by the California Department of Education (CDE).


The Open Enrollment Act is based on the former accountability system, the Academic Performance Index (API). California Education Code (EC) sections 48350-48361 provides students enrolled in a low-achieving school the option to transfer to a different school with a higher API than the student's school of residence.

In March 2017, the California State Board of Education and the California Department of Education launched a new state accountability system to replace the API. This new, multiple-measures system provides a fuller picture of how districts and schools are addressing the needs of their students while also identifying the specific strengths and areas in need of improvement. The new accountability and continuous improvement system was implemented using an online tool known as the California School Dashboard (Dashboard). As a result, the CDE can no longer identify lowest-achieving schools under the provisions of the Open Enrollment Act.


For more information on the Dashboard, please visit the Dashboard web page.

Questions:   California Department of Education | 916-319-0800
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 07, 2023