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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for the California School Dashboard State Indicators

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What are the state indicators?

The state indicators are based on data that is collected consistently across the state from LEAs through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and testing vendors. The state indicators are:

  • Academic Indicator (reported separately for English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments)
  • English Learner Progress
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Graduation Rate
  • Suspension Rate
  • College/Career Readiness (includes Grade 11 assessment results)
Is the data up-to-date? When will new data be added?

This varies by indicator:

  • Suspension Rate Indicator: Current year results are based on the 2016–17 suspension rate
  • English Learner Progress Indicator: Current year results are based on:
    • 2016–17 California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
    • 2015–16 Reclassified Fluent- English-Proficient (RFEP) data
    • 2016–17 Long-term English Learner (LTEL) data
  • Graduate Rate Indicator: Current year results are based on the 2015–16 four-year cohort Graduation Rate (Class of 2016)
  • Academic Indicator: Current year results (used to determine Status) are based on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments that were administered in spring 2017
  • College/Career Indicator: Current year results are based on the Graduates in the 2015–16 Four-year graduation cohort (Class of 2016)
  • Chronic Absenteeism Indicator: Current year results are based on the 2016-17 attendance data. Status only will be reported in March 2018
How is performance calculated?

Local educational agencies and schools receive one of five color-coded performance levels on the state indicators. From highest to lowest, the five performance levels are: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red.

Performance levels are calculated based on how current performance (Status) compares to past performance (Change). This provides a more complete picture of performance than a point-in-time snapshot.

More details on calculating performance for state indicators are available at the California School Dashboard Web page.

Is performance of student groups reported?

Yes. For each state indicator, performance levels are provided for all students and for student groups at the local education agency or school.

Which student groups are included?

Performance of the following student groups must be considered in the state accountability system:

  • English learners
  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged pupils
  • Foster youth
  • Homeless youth
  • Students with disabilities
  • Racial/ethnic groups, including:
    • African-American
    • American Indian/Native Alaskan
    • Asian
    • Filipino
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    • Two or more races
    • White
Is there a minimum number of students for local educational agencies or schools to receive a performance level?

Yes. Performance levels will be reported for all students and any student group that has at least 30 students. An exception is for foster youth and homeless youth at the LEA level where performance levels will be reported if there are at least 15 students in those student groups. Data will be reported without a performance level if there are between 11 and 29 students.

What does each indicator measure?

Additional details on what the state indicators measure are available at the California School Dashboard Web page.

For the purpose of the College/Career Indicator (CCI), do courses in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway need to be taught by a CTE credentialed teacher?

For the purpose of the CCI, the CDE does not verify that CTE courses are taught by CTE credential teachers. The requirement to have a credential teacher is for schools receiving Perkins funding.

Will the Dashboard display grade-level data?

The Dashboard shows performance data for a local educational agency or school. Grade level data are available for some indicators through the California Department of Education's DataQuest Web page.

What if I am interested in data that isn't included in the Dashboard?

The Dashboard is intended to allow stakeholders and the public to quickly see how local educational agencies and schools are performing on the measures included in California's new school accountability system.

The California Department of Education's DataQuest Web page includes reports with additional data elements and detail that are not included in the Dashboard.

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Questions: Academic Accountability Team | | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Monday, December 11, 2017
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