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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 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 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/caregivers and stakeholders.

Parents/caregivers 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 2018 Dashboard?

Changes have been made for the following indicators:

College/Career Indicator (CCI)
  • Change  was reported for the first time on the Fall 2018 Dashboard. In addition, schools and local educational agencies  received a performance level (color) for this indicator for the first time.
  • Two new measures have been added to the CCI:
    • State Seal of Biliteracy
    • Leadership/Military Science
  • The CCI was calculated using the 2017–18 four-year graduation cohort (Class of 2018). The students in this cohort took the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in spring 2018, when they were in grade eleven. Therefore, this year’s CCI will use the grade eleven results for the spring 2018 assessments.
    • For DASS schools, the CCI will be calculated using the one-year graduation rate (students enrolled in Grade 12 during the 2017–18 school year).
Academic Indicator
  • Grade 11 results on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics are included in the Academic Indicator, beginning with the 2018 Dashboard
  • High schools and high school districts received a performance level (color) for the first time, based on new cut scores approved at the November 2018 SBE meeting
  • Unified school districts  continued to have performance levels determined based on cut scores established using grade 3–8 results
  • Participation rates on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the California Alternate Assessments was factored into the Academic Indicator for the first time.
    • The Distance from Standard (DFS) was reduced for districts, schools, and student groups that did not meet the participation requirement of 95 percent.
For more information on the DFS and incorporation of the participation rate, please the Dashboard Technical Guide
English Learner Progress Indicator (ELPI)
  • Due to the transition to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), the ELPI will not be reported in the 2018 Dashboard. However, the Dashboard will report the percentage of students in each ELPAC performance level.
Chronic Absenteeism
  • The 2018 Dashboard reported Status, Change, and performance levels (colors) for the first time.
What changes to the Dashboard can I expect in the coming years?

The State Board of Education (SBE) approved a process to review progress on implementing the accountability system annually. State and local indicators under consideration for revisions are proposed at the March SBE meeting. 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 6, 2018