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Dashboard Local Indicators FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for the California School Dashboard Local Indicators.

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What are the local indicators?

State data is not available for some priority areas identified in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) statute. For these priority areas, the California State Board of Education (SBE) approved the local indicators, which are based on information that a local educational agency (LEA) collects locally. The local indicators are:

  • Basic Conditions of Learning (Priority 1)
  • Implementation of State Academic Standards (Priority 2)
  • Parent and Family Engagement (Priority 3)
  • School Climate, as measured by a local climate survey (Priority 6)
  • Access to a Broad Course of Study (Priority 7)
  • Coordination of Services for Expelled Students (Priority 9) – County offices of education only
  • Coordination of Services for Foster Youth (Priority 10) – County offices of education only
How is performance measured on the local indicators?

The standards approved by the SBE require an LEA to:

  1. Annually measure its progress in meeting the requirements of the specific LCFF priority; and
  2. Report the results as part of a non-consent item at a regularly scheduled public meeting of the local governing board/body in conjunction with the adoption of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP); and
  3. Report results to the public through the Dashboard utilizing the SBE-adopted self-reflection tools for each local indicator.

Provided an LEA satisfies the performance standards for each local indicator, the Dashboard will automatically assign a performance level of Met. If an LEA does not meet the performance standards, the Dashboard will automatically assign a performance level of Not Met or Not Met for Two or More Years, as applicable.

Earning a performance level of Not Met for Two or More Years may be a factor in being identified for differentiated assistance beginning in the 2018–19 school year.

How do local educational agencies collect and report the local data?

The SBE approved self-reflection tools (DOCX) for each local indicator in the Dashboard. An LEA uses the self-reflection tools to report its results to its local governing board and reports its results to the public by completing these self-reflection tools within the Dashboard.

To report its local indicator results, each LEA must have a designated Dashboard Coordinator by submitting a Dashboard Coordinator application External link opens in new window or tab.. Designations are approved by the superintendent or the charter school administrator via email.

Additional details on the local indicators, including the self-reflection tools, are available on the California School Dashboard web page and the Local Indicators web page.

Do local indicators apply to schools?

No. Local indicators apply only to LEAs. If an LEA is made up of only one school (e.g., charter schools and single school districts), the local indicators will appear on the LEA/school report. If an LEA has more than one school, the local indicators will appear on the LEA's reports but not the school reports.

Is there a deadline for local educational agencies to submit results regarding its local indicators?

Beginning with the Fall 2017 Dashboard release, LEAs were required to annually complete the self-reflection tools for the local indicators. For the 2022 Dashboard release, an LEA must complete the local indicators and submit its results by 5 p.m. on September 30, 2022.

Are there any differences for charter schools in completing local indicators?

All LEAs, including charter schools, are expected to report on the local indicators. LEAs, including charter schools, that do not complete the self-reflection tools and submit their results prior to the September 30 deadline, will default to Not Met.

However, consistent with statute, indicators, including local indicators, apply to charter schools for state accountability purposes only if the underlying charter petition includes goals for each of the related state priorities that apply to the grade levels served and the nature of the charter school program. In these instances a charter school may complete the relevant local indicator(s) in the following way:

  • In the narrative box within the relevant self-reflection tool, provide a brief explanation for why the local indicator does not apply to the charter school, based on the underlying charter petition.

This will ensure that the charter school is not reported as Not Met on the Dashboard.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 1, 2022