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Open Enrollment

Information on the Open Enrollment Act, which allows students the option to enroll in a different school with a higher Academic Performance Index (API) than the pupil's school of residence.

About the Open Enrollment Act

The Open Enrollment Act is based on the former accountability system, called the Academic Performance Index (API). California Education Code (EC) sections 48350 - 48361 External link opens in new window or tab. 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.

Due to the transition to a new accountability system, known as the California School Dashboard (referred to as the Dashboard), the California Department of Education is no longer able to produce a list of low-achieving schools based on the requirements specified in the EC. The Dashboard is intended to show parents, educators, and community members how their district and school are performing using multiple measures and replaces the API, the former accountability system. The Dashboard measures are based on factors that contribute to a quality education, including high school graduation rates, college and career readiness, student test scores, English learner progress, suspension rates, and parent engagement. For further information, visit the California School Dashboard Web page.

For additional information regarding student transfer options, please visit the CDE District Transfers Web page.

Questions: Data Visualization and Reporting Office | DVRO@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-3245 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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