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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/guardians, 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 February 2017 State Board of Education information memorandum (beginning on page 6).

What changes to the Dashboard can I expect in the coming years?

The public launch of the Dashboard's field test in March 2017 is a starting point, not the end of the process. Based on feedback from users during the field test, the Dashboard design will be improved and additional features may be added over time.

Certain data will become available for the first time in fall 2017. That data will be included when the next round of Dashboard reports are released in the fall.

The State Board of Education also 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 | dashboard@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Friday, March 3, 2017