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Dashboard State Indicators FAQs

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 [ELA] 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?

The performance levels (colors) for all state indicators in the 2018 Dashboard are based on the most current data available. 2017–18 data were used to determine current year performance (Status), and 2016-17 data was used to determine Change. 

Note: The English Learner Progress Indicator does not have a performance level (color) on the 2018 Dashboard due to transition to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). However, the Dashboard reports the percentage of students in each ELPAC performance level.

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 year data (Status) compares to prior year data (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 in both the current and prior year. 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 federal Perkins funding.

If an LEA, school, or student group does not meet the 95 percent participation rate, does it impact the Academic Indicator ?

Yes. The Every Student Succeeds Act requires that all schools and student groups meet the 95 percent participation requirement for ELA and mathematics and that the participation rate be factored into the Academic Indicator. As a result, the Distance from Standard scores will be reduced for those districts, schools, and students groups that did not meet the participation rate target. For more information on the calculation, please review the 2018 Technical Guide.

Will the Dashboard indicate if the Distance from Standard for ELA and/or mathematics was adjusted because the 95 percent participation rate was not met?

No. However, the Academic Indicator data files will include the adjustment made to the Distance from Standard for ELA and/or mathematics.

Will the participation rate be available on the Dashboard?

No. However, a participation rate report will be available on the California Accountability Model & School Dashboard web page (https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/cm/) by December 6, 2018.

Why do DataQuest and the Dashboard report different cumulative enrollment counts for the suspension rate?

The reason the cumulative enrollment counts for suspension are different in DataQuest and the Dashboard is because the Data Reporting Office excluded Non-Public School (NPS) students from the count.

Will the Dashboard display grade-level data?

The Dashboard shows performance data for local educational agencies, schools, and student groups. Grade level data is not reported. Grade level data are available for some indicators (e.g., academic, suspension, chronic absenteeism, etc.) through the California Department of Education's DataQuest Web page.

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Questions: Academic Accountability Team | aau@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, July 18, 2019