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California Accountability Model & School Dashboard

California’s new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how local educational agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population based on a concise set of measures.

Reports

California School Dashboard Report External link opens in new window or tab.
The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement.

California Model Five-by-Five Grid Placement Reports
California's new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results using five colors. The reports display the schools' (by district) and student groups' placement on the five-by-five colored tables.

College/Career Indicator Reports and Data
The College/Career Indicator uses multiple measures to provide a performance level based on the number of students who are likely prepared for success after high school. This report displays the number of students that met each of the CCI measures in the Prepared and Approaching Prepared Levels.


Overview

California School Dashboard Video External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 4:07)
A video that provides an overview of the California's multiple measures accountability system. It describes the measures in the Dashboard report and how statewide data are used to determine the performance colors.

Background

Based on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was passed in 2013, California has a new accountability system that is based on multiple measures. These measures are used to determine local educational agency (LEA) and school progress toward meeting the needs of their students. The measures are based on factors that contribute to a quality education, including high school graduation rates, college/career readiness, student test scores, English learner (EL) progress, suspension rates, and parent engagement.

California's New Accountability and Continuous Improvement System

The California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard) is a powerful online tool to help districts and schools identify strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint student groups that may be struggling. It reports performance and progress on the state and local indicators:

  • The state indicators apply to all LEAs, schools, and student groups and are based on data that is collected consistently across the state.

  • Local indicators apply at the LEA and charter school level and are based on data collected by the local level.

The state and local indicators are drawn from the ten priority areas of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Table 1 lists each priority area and its corresponding state and/or local indicator:

Table 1: The State and Local Indicators for Each Local Control Funding Formula Priority Areas
Priority Areas State Indicator Local Indicator
Priority 1: Basic Services and Conditions at schools N/A Text books availability, adequate facilities, and correctly assigned teachers
Priority 2: Implementation of State Academic Standards) N/A Annually report on progress in implementing the standards for all content areas

Priority 3: Parent Engagement

N/A Annually report progress toward: (1) seeking input from parents/guardians in decision making; and (2) promoting parental participation in programs
Priority 4: Student Achievement
  • Academic Indicator (Grades 3–8)
  • English Learner Progress Indicator
Grade 11 Distance from Level 3 Report
Priority 5: Student Engagement
  • Graduation Rate Indicator
  • Chronic Absenteeism Indicator (Status will be reported in March 2018)
N/A
Priority 6: School Climate Suspension Rate Indicator Administer a Local Climate Survey every other year
Priority 7: Access to a Broad Course of Study College/Career Indicator (Status only) Pending SBE Action for Inclusion in Fall 2018 Dashboard
Priority 8: Outcomes in a Broad Course of Study College/Career Indicator (Status only) N/A

These priority areas form the basis for California's integrated accountability system, which meets both state and federal requirements. Unlike the former Academic Performance Index (API), which was based solely on testing results, this new accountability system uses multiple measures to determine performance and progress and emphasizes equity by focusing on student group performance.

Different criteria are used to determine and report performance for the state and local indicators.

For the methodology for measuring performance on the local indicators, please see the local indicators.

Performance on the state indicators is based on both current performance (Status) and progress over time (Change).

  • Status is based on the most recent year of data for that indicator. There are five Status levels: Very high, High, Medium, Low, and Very low.

  • Change is the difference between current and prior year performance. There are five Change levels: Increased significantly, Increased, Maintained, Declined, and Declined significantly.

Combining Status and Change results in a performance level for each state indicator for LEAs, schools, and student groups with 30 or more students. Both Status and Change are given equal weight in determining the performance level for an indicator. There are five performance levels, and each is assigned a different color. The five color-coded performance levels in order are: blue (highest performance), green, yellow, orange, and red (lowest performance). The circles on the left-hand side of the chart are used in the Dashboard to graphically display the performance levels for LEAs, schools, and student groups. Each circle has a different number of segments that corresponds to a specific color. For example, the red performance level has one colored segment and the blue performance level has five colored segments. Having different numbers of colored segments allows the viewer to distinguish the performance levels, or colors, if the report is printed in black and white.

Dashboard performance levels

Table 2 provides an example of how the Status and Change are combined on the five-by-five color table to determine the performance level. (Note: The placement of the color boxes for five-by-five colored charts vary by indicator.)

Table 2: Five-by-Five Color Coded Table
Level Declined
Significantly
(Change)
Declined
(Change)
Maintained
(Change)
Increased
(Change)
Increased
Significantly
(Change)
Very High
(Status)
Yellow Green Blue Blue Blue
High
(Status)
Orange Yellow Green Green Blue
Medium
(Status)
Orange Orange Yellow Green Green
Low
(Status)
Red Orange Orange Yellow Yellow
Very Low
(Status)
Red Red Red Orange Yellow

To view the calculations for each state indicator, select one indicator below:

For more detailed information, see the Technical Guide to the California School Dashboard (PDF)

Parents

California has a new accountability system reported through the California School Dashboard, or the "Dashboard". This new accountability system is an online tool that reports on multiple measures, including local and state indicators. This Parent Web page provides several resources to help parents understand the new accountability system and access the Dashboard.

Parent Resources

  • California School Dashboard Report External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

  • California School Dashboard Fast Start Guide (PDF)
    A one page document showing the California School Dashboard's features and design.

Resources

Data Used for the Spring and Fall 2017 Dashboards

An at-a-glance summary of the data (and data years) used to determine Status and Change for the Spring 2017 Dashboard, as well as the data used for the Fall 2017 Dashboard. Please note that results reported in the Spring and Fall 2017 Dashboards cannot be compared for two reasons: (1) methodology changes were made to select indicators, and (2) a break in the data years exist for select indicators (i.e., Spring used 2013–14 data for Status whereass Fall used 2015–16 for Status). Up to three years of trend data for the state indicators is available on the Dashboard under the Detailed Reports Tab.

Accountability E-mail Listserv

This listserv is used to notify local educational agencies (LEAs) of information and updates regarding accountability. The listserv is divided into two groups, SECURE and GENERAL. Before signing up for the listserv at Accountability E-mail Listserv External link opens in new window or tab. Web page, please review the information about the difference between the SECURE and GENERAL groups.

Five-by-Five Color Tables

Five-by-Five Color Tables provides the five-by-five color table for each of the state indicators.

Five-by-Five Color Tables (DOC)

State Indicators Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Local Indicators

Local Indicators identifies the approved performance standards and self-reflection tools that LEAs can use to determine progress on the local indicators.

Local Indicators Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

California School Dashboard: Deeper Dive on Local Indicators Detailed Reports Overview, and Resources Update (PDF; Posted 15-May-2017)

Webinar PowerPoint Presentations

A series of PowerPoints presented by the CDE that reviewed the new California School Dashboard, the state indicators included in the Dashboard, the statements of model practices, and local indicators. The topics covered in each of the PowerPoints are described below:

  1. Introduction to the Dashboard and Local Indicators Presentation Slides (PDF)
    These slides introduce the features of the Dashboard, including its design, the data elements included, and the reports available. Additionally, it covers functionality changes to the Fall 2017 Dashboard, release schedule for the private preview, and an overview of the process of submitting the Local Indicators.

  2. College/Career and the Graduation Rate Indicators Slides (PDF)
    These slides cover technical information, such as data sources, calculation methodologies, and rules used to calculate the College/Career and Graduation Rate Indicators.

  3. Suspension Rate and the English Learner Progress Indicators Slides (PDF)
    These slides cover technical information, such as data sources, calculation methodologies, and rules used to calculate the English Learner Progress and Suspension Rate Indicators

  4. System of Support Slides (PDF)
    These slides will address ways in which the CDE can support local educational agencies and schools based on information provided in the Dashboard.

  5. Academic and Chronic Absenteeism Indicators Slides (PDF)
    These slides will cover technical information, such as the data source and rules used to calculate the Academic Indicator.

  6. Using the Dashboard in the Local Control and Accountability Plan Process (LCAP) Slides (PDF)
    These slides will provide an overview of how three different components — the Local Control Funding Formula, the Dashboard, and the LCAP —intersect.

Dashboard Modules (Coming February 2018)

Data Files and Guide

Data Files & Record Layouts and Guide

Guide and Resources

Fall 2017

Data Files

Academic Indicator (English Language Arts/Literacy)

Grades 3–8

Grade 11

Academic Indicator (Mathematics)

Grades 3–8

Grade 11

College/Career Indicator

English Language Progress Indicator

Graduation Rate Indicator

Suspension Rate Indicator

Previous Data Files & Record Layouts and Guides

Communications Toolkit

The toolkit provides links to key communications about the California School Dashboard.

The California School Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress, and suspension rates.

The sample materials in the Dashboard Communications Toolkit are designed to support districts and schools with community engagement efforts. The materials can be customized for local needs and use. Items will be added to the Toolkit as they become available.

California School Dashboard Core Messages | DOC
Core messages about the state's new accountability and continuous improvement system.

Sample Letter to Parents | DOC
A sample letter to families about the California School Dashboard.

Samples of Digital Media Post | DOC
A sample post about the Dashboard.

Flyers (1 and 2 page summaries)

Getting to Know the California School Dashboard (PDF)
A two page flyer to help communicate the California School Dashboard to stakeholders.

  • Getting to Know the California School Dashboard (Spanish) (Coming February 2018)

Dashboard Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
A quick reference to the Dashboard's features and design.

Fall 2017 Dashboard Updates (PDF)
A one page document that highlights the updates for the Fall 2017 release.

Data Used for Fall 2017 Dashboard (PDF)
A one page document explaining what Data will be used for the Fall 2017 Dashboard

How Dashboard Colors are Determined (PDF)
A one page document explaining how the performance colors are determined.

The English Learner Student Group (PDF)
An explanation of how the English Learn student group is included in each indicator

The College/Career Indicator (PDF)
A state indicator that measures the prepareness of students after high school graduation.

The Academic Indicator (PDF)
A state indicator that measures district and school performance on the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA).

Dashboard Alternative School Status Program (PDF)
An explanation of the Dashboard Alternative (DASS) replacing the Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM).

Videos from Outside Organizations

Video Presented by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 2:02)
An illustrated video on the California School Dashboard developed by the ACSA.

Video Presented by the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 4:19)
An illustrated video on the California School Dashboard developed by the ACOE.

Frequently Asked Questions about the California School Dashboard

The sections below address the most commonly asked questions about California's new accountability system.

Questions: Academic Accountability Team | aau@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Friday, January 19, 2018
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