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Frequently asked questions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus and accountability.

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Frequently asked accountability questions related to COVID-19 and the approved streamlined federal waiver under the Elementary and Secondary Elementary Education Act.

Did the California Department of Education (CDE) receive a federal waiver from the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) assessment and accountability requirements for the 2019–2020 school year?

Yes, on March 27, 2020, the CDE received final approval from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to waive the following ESSA requirements for the 2019–2020 school year:

  • Assessment requirements in section 1111(b)(2)
  • Accountability and school identification requirements in sections 1111(c)(4) and 1111(d)(2)(C)-(D); and
  • Reporting requirements related to assessments and accountability in section 1111(h) as enumerated in the template

A copy of the waiver submitted can be found on the ESSA web page at Every Student Succeeds Act.

Was there a public comment period for California's waiver request?

Yes, the public comment period concluded on April 15, 2020. These comments were summarized in  Item 3 at the May 2020 State Board of Education meeting.

What impact will the waiver have on the 2020 Dashboard?

The federal waiver releases the requirement for California to produce state indicators for the 2020 Dashboard. However, state law (Education Code Sections 52064.5 (f) and 52064.5 (e)(2) requires the CDE to produce a Dashboard.  Additionally, EC sections 52071 and 47606.3(a) require the identification of districts and charter schools for differentiate assistance under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

What are options for calculating the 2021 Dashboard if the 2020 Dashboard is not produced?

The CDE is considering options for calculating the 2021 Dashboard. A sample of how this will be calculated is as follows:

Status: Based on 2021 data​

Change: Based on 2019 Dashboard data:​

2021 Status minus 2019 Status = Change​

Note that the calculation for Change would be subject to approval by the State Board of Education (SBE).

Will districts and charter schools be required to upload local indicator data for the 2020 California School Dashboard (Dashboard)?

At this time, Education Code Section 52064.5(f)has not been waived by the Legislature and/or Governor, districts and charter schools are still required to submit local indicator data in Fall 2020. For information on local control and accountability plan (LCAP) requirements please visit the LCAP Executive Orders FAQs web page.

Will the CDE identify new districts and charter schools for differentiated assistance?

At this time, Education Code sections  52071 and 47606.3(a) have not been waived. However, the CDE is working with the Governor and Legislature to determine a mechanism to waive this requirement.

Will the CDE identify new schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI)?

No. The federal waiver removes the requirement for schools to be identified for CSI or ATSI in the 2020–21 school year. In addition, schools that are currently identified for CSI and ATSI will remain in place for the 2020–21 school year.

Will districts be required to submit California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) end-of-year data?

Yes, all local educational agencies are required to complete CALPADS end-of-year data submissions.

Are there any state indicators that will be impacted on the 2021 Dashboard due to the suspension of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in spring of 2020?

Yes. The CCI, which is based on the graduating class, will be impacted by the suspension of 2020 CAASPP testing. Those students slated for graduation in 2021 will not have grade 11 CAASPP results, which are used to determine CCI placement levels (e.g. Prepared, Approaching Prepared, Not Prepared) for several CCI measures. The CDE is reviewing how to address this issue for the 2021 Dashboard. Any changes to the CCI criteria would have to be approved by the SBE.

International Baccalaureate (IB) testing is also canceled. How will this impact CCI placement determinations in the 2021 Dashboard?

CDE staff will explore using other measures in addition to IB test results to determine if students are prepared on the CCI. For example, the CDE is exploring whether an IB diploma could be used to demonstrate that students are prepared. Any changes to the CCI criteria would have to be approved by the SBE.

This is the first year that Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) schools must renew their DASS status. Part 2 of the DASS application is due on August 15, 2020. Will an extension be provided?

The CDE will extend the deadlines for schools to renew their DASS status. The deadline for Part 1 of the application has been extended to July 17, 2020 and the Part 2 of the application has been extended to September 4, 2020.

Questions: Academic Accountability Team | aau@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 14, 2020
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