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Use of the Dashboard FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for the usage of the California School Dashboard

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How is the Dashboard intended to be used?

Parents/guardians, educators, other stakeholders and the public can use the Dashboard to see how local educational agencies and schools are performing under California's new school accountability system.

The Dashboard provides a quick overview, with additional detail available, about overall performance and student group performance on multiple measures of student success. This will assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses and areas in need of improvement for local educational agencies and schools.

Will local educational agencies and schools receive a single, overall rating?

No. The Dashboard shows performance on multiple measures that contribute to a quality education for students. This provides a more complete picture of how schools are meeting the needs of the students they serve.

Why does the Dashboard include multiple measures?

The Dashboard is the result of hundreds of meetings with parents/caregivers, teachers, students and community members who provided feedback and suggestions on the new school accountability system. A consistent piece of feedback was that reducing the multiple measures to a single number would leave out information that is important to many parents/guardians and stakeholders.

Parents/guardians said they are used to getting report cards showing how their child is doing. Just as the information about different subjects/courses helps them understand how their child is doing, the performance information on different measures will help them understand how the school or local educational agency is doing.

How will the performance data be used?

The Dashboard will help inform the local planning and stakeholder engagement process around Local Control and Accountability Plans.

The Dashboard also will help identify local educational agencies and schools in need of additional assistance under state and federal law. More information about the assistance and support is available in a November 2017 State Board of Education agenda item (DOC).

What changes were made to the Fall 2017 Dashboard?

Changes have been made for the following indicators:

College/Career Indicator (CCI)
  • Status will be reported for the first time on the Fall 2017 Dashboard. However, Change and performance levels [colors] will not be reported until Fall 2018.
  • Revised Status cut scores, adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in September 2017, will be applied.
  • The CCI will be calculated for the 2015–16 four-year graduation cohort (Class of 2016). The students in this cohort took the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in spring 2015, when they were in grade eleven. Therefore, this year’s CCI will use the grade eleven results for the spring 2015 assessments.
Academic Indicator

The following changes were approved by the SBE at its November 2017 meeting:

  • New Change cut scores for ELA and mathematics
  • New Status cut scores for mathematics
  • New color layouts for the five-by-five colored grid
English Learner Progress Indicator (ELPI)
  • Long-term English learners (LTELs) will be included in the ELPI, and LEAs and schools will receive “extra credit” for LTEL students who advanced at least one level on the annual California English Language Development Test (CELDT) from the prior to current year. Extra credit means that they will be counted twice: (1) once as an EL student who advanced at least one level on the annual CELDT and (2) once as an LTEL student who advanced at least once level on the annual CELDT.)
Chronic Absenteeism
  • Status will be reported for this indicator in March 2018 after the SBE approves recommended Status cut scores. Until Status cut scores are available, users will be directed to Chronic Absenteeism reports on DataQuest.
What changes to the Dashboard can I expect in the coming years?

The State Board of Education approved a process to review progress on implementing the new system annually. This provides an opportunity to make changes or include additional indicators or data elements in the future.

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Questions: Academic Accountability Team | aau@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 7, 2017
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