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California School Dashboard and System of Support

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.

Reports

California School Dashboard 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.

School Dashboard Additional Reports and Data External link opens in new window or tab.
Access the following four reports: the Five-by-Five Placement Reports, the College/Career Reports, the Participation Rate Report, and the Student Groups Report.

Overview

The California School Dashboard – Let the Conversation Begin External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:53)
This two-minute video explains why the California School Dashboard is the “ultimate conversation starter” and how it can lead to better planning and better results for our kids.

Background

California's accountability system is based on multiple measures that assess how local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools are meeting the needs of their students. Performance on these measures is reported on the California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard).

Based on Dashboard results, some LEAs are eligible for assistance through the System of Support.

The Dashboard

The 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 both state and local measures:

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

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

The state and local measures are drawn from the ten priority areas of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was passed in 2013. Table 1 lists each priority area and its corresponding state and/or local measure:

Table 1: The State and Local Measures 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 Performance (Grades 3–8 and Grade 11)

  • English Learner Progress
N/A
Priority 5: Student Engagement
  • Graduation Rate
  • Chronic Absenteeism
N/A
Priority 6: School Climate Suspension Rate Administer a Local Climate Survey every other year.
Priority 7: Access to a Broad Course of Study N/A Annually report progress on the extent students have access to, and are enrolled in, a broad course of study.
Priority 8: Outcomes in a Broad Course of Study College/Career N/A
Priority 9: (COEs Only) Coordination of Services for Expelled Students N/A Annual measure of progress in coordinating instruction for expelled students.
Priority 10: (COEs Only) Coordination of Services for Foster Youth N/A Annual measure of progress in coordinating instruction for foster youth.

These priority areas form the basis for California's integrated accountability system, which meets both state and federal requirements.

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

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

Performance on the state measures is based on data from both the current and prior years. Any LEA, school, or student group with at least 30 students in both the current and prior year receives a performance level for each applicable state measure. There are five performance levels, and each is assigned a different color: Red is the lowest performance level, Orange is the second lowest, Yellow is the middle point, Green is the second highest, and Blue is the highest performance level.

On the Dashboard, a school's, LEA's, or student group's performance on a state measure is graphically displayed by a gauge, that is broken into five different colored segments, to represent the five levels of performance. An arrow points to the color that that corresponds to the performance for that measure. The picture below illustrates the five analog gauge meters used on the California School Dashboard. Each gauge meter is a half-circle dial that has 5 segments. Each segment represents a different performance level. The colors read from top to bottom: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red. Blue represents the highest performance level while Red represents the lowest performance level. A needle indicates the performance level for the measure.

A picture of the five analog gauge meters used on the California School Dashboard and its performance range as described above.

To learn more about a state measure, select from the list below:

Parents

California has a new accountability system reported through the California School Dashboard, or the "Dashboard." This 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 accountability system and access the Dashboard.

Parent Resources

  • California School Dashboard 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.

2018 Dashboard Flyers for Parents

The Dashboard has a New Look (PDF)
The 2018 Dashboard has a new look! Dashboard 2.0 is friendlier, simpler to use, and easier to understand.

Getting to Know the 2018 California School Dashboard (PDF)
A one page document to help communicate the California School Dashboard to Stakeholders.

Getting to Know the Measures (PDF)
A two page document that explains the six state measures that provide important information on how schools are serving their students.

How Dashboard Colors are Determined (PDF)
This document explains how the performance colors are determined on the Dashboard.

College/Career Indicator for 2018 Dashboard (PDF)
A quick overview of the state indicator that measures the preparedness of students after high school graduation.

Resources

Data Used for the 2018 and 2017 Dashboards

An at-a-glance summary of the data (and data years) used to determine Status and Change for the 2018 Dashboard, as well as the data used for the 2017 Dashboard. Please note that results reported in the 2018 and 2017 Dashboards cannot be compared for two reasons: (1) methodology changes were made to all indicators, and (2) a break in the data years exist for select indicators (i.e., 2017 Dashboard used the class of 2015–16 for Graduation Rate Status whereas 2018 Dashboard used the class of 2017–18).

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 (DOCX)

Local Indicators

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

LEA Identification Criteria
A table that lists the LEA identification criteria for differentiated support in 2017–18.

LEA Identification Criteria (PDF)

Modified Methods for Schools in Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS)

Beginning in 2018, all DASS schools will receive a Dashboard report. While DASS schools will be held accountable for meeting the same state indicators, modified methods have been developed for select state indicators to more fairly evaluate the success and progress of alternative schools that serve high-risk students.

August 2018 Letter: Using the One-Year Graduation Cohort for the College/Career Indicator
A letter notifying schools and districts about the use of the one-year graduation cohort as the base of students included in the CCI for DASS schools.

DASS Graduation Rate (PDF)
A PowerPoint slide-deck that explains how the graduation rate for DASS schools is calculated using modified methods.

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:

College/Career and the Graduation Rate Indicator (PDF)
Covering technical information, such as data sources, calculation methodologies, and rules used to calculate the College/Career and Graduation Rate Indicators.

Chronic Absenteeism and Suspension Rate Indicators (PDF)
Covering technical information, such as data sources, calculation methodologies, and rules used to calculate the Chronic Absenteeism and Suspension Rate Indicators.

Academic Indicators (PDF)
Covering technical information, such as data sources, calculation methodologies, and rules used to calculate the Academic Indicators.

Data Files and Guide

Data Files & Record Layouts and Guide

Guide and Resources

2018 Dashboard

State and Local Indicator Data Files

Academic Indicator (English Language Arts/Literacy)
ELA Participation Rate
Academic Indicator (Mathematics)
Math Participation Rate
Chronic Absenteeism Indicator
College/Career Indicator
English Learner Progress Indicator
Graduation Rate Indicator
Suspension Rate Indicator
Enrollment
Local Indicator Dashboard Peformance
5-Year Graduation Rate
Local Measures

(Note: The TXT files below are delimited using a "|" because fields within the files contain tabs, commas, and semi-colons.)

Prior Year Data Files & Record Layouts and Guides

2017 Dashboard

Communications Toolkit

The sample materials in the Communications Toolkit are designed to support districts, county offices of education and schools with Dashboard, LCAP and System of Support 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's Accountability and Continuous Improvement System: Key Points
California's Accountability and Continouse Improvement System: Key Points (DOCX)

Updates and Changes to the 2018 Dashboard
Updates and Changes to the 2018 Dashboard (DOCX)

Template Letter for LEAs
Template Letter for LEAs (DOCX)

California's Accountability and Continuous Improvement System: Slidedeck (PDF)

A Site Administrator's Guide: Talking to Parents About the California School Dashboard (PPTX)
A customizable slidedeck for site admins to use when providing information about the Dashboard.

2018 Dashboard Flyers (1 and 2 page summaries)

The Dashboard has a New Look (PDF)
The 2018 Dashboard has a new look! Dashboard 2.0 is friendlier, simpler to use, and easier to understand.

Data Used for the 2018 Dashboard (PDF)
A one page document explaining what Data will be used for the 2018 Dashboard.

What is the 3x5 Colored Grid? (PDF)
A quick overview of the 3x5 colored grid and how it is applied to small schools and student groups.

Academic Indicator (PDF)
A quick overview of the Academic Indicator.

Chronic Absenteeism Indicator (PDF)
A quick overview of the Chronic Absenteeism Indicator.

College/Career Indicator for 2018 Dashboard (PDF)
A quick overview of the state indicator that measures the preparedness of students after high school graduation.

English Learner Group (PDF)
An explanation of how the English learner student group is included in each indicator.

Four-Year Graduation Rate (PDF)
A quick overview of the four-year graduation rate for high schools.

Suspension Rate (PDF)
A quick overview of the Suspension Rate Indicator.

What is DASS? (PDF)
An explanation of the Dashboard Alternative (DASS) replacing the Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM).

  • DASS Graduation Rate (PDF)
    An explanation of the DASS graduation rate in comparison to the four-year grad rate.

Prior Year Dashboard Flyers

  • 2017 College/Career Indicator (PDF)
    A state indicator that measures the preparedness of students after high school graduation (2017 Dashboard version).
  • 2017 English Learner Group (PDF)
    A brief explanation of who was included in the English learner student group for the 2017 Dashboard.

Translated Materials

This section contains available translations of Dashboard materials to help communicate the California School Dashboard to parents and stakeholders.

Videos

Bienvenido al Dashboard Escolar de California. Que comience la conversaciónes External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 2:12)
El tablero de la escuela de California es el lugar donde puede obtener más información y más. El Tablero nos ayuda a todos (padres, familias, estudiantes, maestros) a ver qué tan bien están nuestras escuelas y estudiantes y dónde se necesita mejorar.

Tablero Escolar de California - Mi Papá External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:50)
Un anuncio animado narrado por una chica que habla sobre su padre y cómo aprendió sobre su escuela a través del nuevo Dashboard Escolar.

Tablero Escolar de California - Un Vistazo al Dashboard en 90 Segundos External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 2:01)
El Dashboard está diseñado para ayudarnos a comprender qué tan bien se están desempeñando en nuestras escuelas y dónde se necesita mejorar.

Tablero Escolar de California - Dirigiendo Nuestras Escuelas Al Éxito External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 2:01)
El Dashboard Escolar de California nos ayuda a todos a tener una mejor idea de lo que está sucediendo en nuestras escuelas.

El California School Dashboard Video para los Padres External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 3:41)

Dashboard Flyers

Getting to Know the California School Dashboard (Translated)

Getting to Know the Measures (Translated)

How Dashboard Colors are Determined (Translated)

The College/Career Indicator Flyer (Translated)

District Resources

Una guía para el administrador del predio escolar: Cómo hablar con los padres sobre el Tablero de mando escolar de California (California School Dashboard) (PPTX)
A customizable slidedeck for site admins to use when providing information about the Dashboard.

Translations of the Sample Letter to Parents/Stakeholders
A sample letter to help districts and schools communicate to families about the California School Dashboard.

El Tablero Escolar de California Conocido como “Dashboard” (Spanish) (PDF)
Provide knowledge to parents so that they can understand the Dashboard and assist in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Videos

The California School Dashboard – Let the Conversation Begin External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:53)
This two-minute video explains why the California School Dashboard is the “ultimate conversation starter” and how it can lead to better planning and better results for our kids.

The California School Dashboard – My Dad External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:36)
An animated video narrated by a girl who talks about her dad and how he learned about her school through the new School Dashboard.

The California School Dashboard – Around the Dashboard in 90 Seconds External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:46)
The Dashboard is designed to help us understand how well our schools are doing – and where improvement is needed.

The California School Dashboard – Steering Our Schools to Success External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:41)
The Dashboard helps all of us gain a better sense of what is happening in our schools. This information leads to more conversations and input, so school leaders can plan and make decisions that help all of our children succeed.

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.

Spanish Videos

Bienvenido al Dashboard Escolar de California. Que comience la conversaciónes External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 2:12)
El tablero de la escuela de California es el lugar donde puede obtener más información y más. El Tablero nos ayuda a todos (padres, familias, estudiantes, maestros) a ver qué tan bien están nuestras escuelas y estudiantes y dónde se necesita mejorar.

Tablero Escolar de California - Mi Papá External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:50)
Un anuncio animado narrado por una chica que habla sobre su padre y cómo aprendió sobre su escuela a través del nuevo Dashboard Escolar.

Tablero Escolar de California - Un Vistazo al Dashboard en 90 Segundos External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 2:01)
El Dashboard está diseñado para ayudarnos a comprender qué tan bien se están desempeñando en nuestras escuelas y dónde se necesita mejorar.

Tablero Escolar de California - Dirigiendo Nuestras Escuelas Al Éxito External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 2:01)
El Dashboard Escolar de California nos ayuda a todos a tener una mejor idea de lo que está sucediendo en nuestras escuelas.

El California School Dashboard Video para los Padres External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 3:41)

FAQs

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: Wednesday, April 17, 2019