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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. The CA Dashboard Mobile App is now available. The mobile App allows parents and educators an easier way to access their school and district Dashboards, all at their fingertips. Download the CA Dashboard Mobile App today!

School Dashboard Additional Reports and Data
Access the following five reports: the Five-by-Five Placement Reports, the College/Career Measures Report, the Participation Rate Report, the Student Groups Report, and the District Performance by County Report

California School Dashboard Navigator External link opens in new window or tab.
The California School Dashboard Navigator is an interactive mapping tool for visualizing school and student group performance on a map that displays schools by their color-coded performance level for each of the state indicators and student groups. Users can target their searches by specific geographic areas and refine their searches using a set of interactive charts. Information on how to use the tool is provided in the Navigator How-To Guide and in the FAQs.

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).

System of Support

California's system of support is one of the central components of California’s accountability and continuous improvement system. The goal is to help LEAs and their schools meet the needs of each student they serve, with a focus on building local capacity to sustain improvement and to effectively address disparities in opportunities and outcomes.

LEAs are eligible for assistance through the System of Support based on Dashboard results. Beginning with the 2019 Dashboard, Charters are eligible for identification under the Local Control Funding Formula for support. The process for determining charter school eligibility is available here LCFF Criteria for Differentiated Assistance (PDF).

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:

Parent Resources

California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab.
The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of districts, schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures. These reports help schools and districts identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

Videos

2019 Parent Guide

2019 Parent Guide to the California School Dashboard will be available during the week of December 9, 2019.
This guide will provide an overview of the local and state measures and how performance is measured and reported on the Dashboard.

  • Available Translations of 2019 Parent Guide to the California School Dashboard will be available during the week of December 9, 2019.

2019 Dashboard Flyers

Getting to Know the California School Dashboard (PDF)
The Dashboard is an online tool desinged to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 schools and districts.

Getting to Know the Measures (PDF)
The Dashboard features six state measures that provide important information on how schools are serving their students.

How Dashboard Colors are Determined (PDF)
The Dashboard shows performance of districts, schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures that assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

Exploring the Equity Report (PDF)
Equity is at the Heart of California's Accountability System. The Dashboard shines a light on both the successes and challenges that county offices, districts, and schools are experiencing in addressing disparities.

Translation of Parants Flyers are available in the Translation tab.

Archived Flyers and Guides from Prior Dashboards

2018 Parent Guide to the California School Dashboard (PDF)
This guide provides an overview of the local and state measures and how performance is measured and reported on the Dashboard.

2018 Dashboard Flyers for Parents

2017 Dashboard Flyers

District Resources

Engagement Tools

These tools are designed to support districts, county offices of education, and schools in their community engagement efforts.

Customizable Tools for Community Engagement

California's Accountability and Continuous Improvement System: Key Points will be available during the week of December 9, 2019.

Template Letter for LEAs will be available during the week of December 9, 2019.
Template Letter for LEAs (DOCX) will be available during the week of December 9, 2019.

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

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

California School Dashboard Newsletter

California School Dashboard Newsletter, Issue 1 (PDF)
The first issue of the newsletter provides updates on the Dashboard, System of Support, and Local Control Funding Formula.

Educator Tools

These tools provide general and technical information on the state and local indicators reported on the Dashboard.

Updates and Changes to the 2019 Dashboard
Updates and Changes to the 2019 Dashboard (DOCX)

Flyers on the State Indicators

For reader-friendly one- and two-page summaries of each of the state indicators and key components of the Dashboard, please see the Dashboard Flyers Web page.

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)

Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) Resources

Schools that serve high-risk students are eligible to participate in the DASS program, which applies modified measures to select state indictors. For information and resources on the DASS program, please see the DASS Web page.

Webinars and PowerPoint Presentations on the 2019 Dashboard

The California Department of Education has developed Webinars and PowerPoint Presentations on the 2019 Dashboard, which cover new business rules and changes to select state indicators that have been approved by the State Board of Education. The 2019 Dashboard Webinars are available to view under the Webinars and PowerPoint Presentations Web page.

Data used for 2019

An at-a-glance summary of the data (and data years) used to determine Status and Change for the 2019 Dashboard, as well as the data used for prior Dashboards

LEA Identification Criteria

A table that lists the LEA identification criteria for differentiated assistance in 2019–20.

LEA Identification Criteria
LEA Identification Criteria (PDF)

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.

Archived Resources

For at-a-glance summary of the data used for prior Dashboards, as well as access to videos developed for previous Dashboard years, please see the Archived Resources Web page.

Data Files and Guide

Data Files & Record Layouts and Guide

Guide and Resources

2019 Dashboard

2019 Dashboard Technical Guide will be available December 6, 2019.

Prior Year Data Files & Record Layouts and Guides

2018 Dashboard

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)

Parent Guide to the California School Dashboard

Translations Available here

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).

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, November 6, 2019
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