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Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS)

Modified methods of measurement for indicators that are aligned with the evaluation rubrics of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to evaluate the success or progress of schools that serve high-risk students.


California's accountability system significantly changed with the adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The accountability system, the California School Dashboard, contains state indicators and standards to help identify a school's strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

California Education Code (EC) Section 52052(d) requires: The Superintendent, with the approval of the State Board of Education, shall develop an alternative accountability system for schools under the jurisdiction of a county board of education or a county superintendent of schools, community day schools, . . . and alternative schools serving high-risk pupils, including continuation high schools and opportunity schools . . .

Beginning with the 2022 Dashboard, the California Department of Education (CDE) treats Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) schools the same as all other schools on the Dashboard. The 2018 and 2019 Dashboard had previously used modified methods to calculate the Academic and Graduation Rate Indicators for alternative schools. On July 27, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) declined California's waiver request that would allow for the continued use of these modified methods within the Accountability system.

DASS and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Although the DASS modified methods are not used for federal accountability purposes, state accountability permits the continued use of DASS. Therefore, DASS schools will:

  • Be identified on the Dashboard with the DASS Status information under the School Details on the Dashboard.

  • Receive the label as a "DASS Community of Practice" for those that meet the eligibility for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) low graduation rate or low performance to distinguish the uniqueness of these schools and the students served, and

  • Receive the DASS One-Year Graduation Rate on the Dashboard for informational purposes in addition to the combined four-and five year graduation rate reported under the Graduation Rate Indicator.

This web page will be updated to reflect any new decisions and approvals by the SBE and the U.S. Department of Education.

Eligibility and Application


DASS 1-Year Graduation Rate (PDF)
A one-page document explaining the DASS graduation rate and the data used to calculate it. While only used for Accountability purposes in 2018 and 2019, CDE publishes this rate on the Dashboard as a courtesy for informational purposes only for DASS schools.

Commonly asked questions regarding DASS.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 07, 2024
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