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Overview of the LEA Accountability Report Card

Information about the requirements and contents of the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Accountability Report Card.

The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires annual districtwide report cards that summarize data of LEAs statewide and disaggregated by student groups.

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the ESEA of 1965, and requires states to have a new multiple measures accountability system in effect by 2017–18.

On September 8, 2016, the State Board of Education adopted a new accountability system and released the California School Dashboard, referred to as the Dashboard, in Spring of 2017.

The Dashboard has since been updated in Fall 2017, and will be updated each fall with the most recent available data and design improvements based on user feedback. The Fall 2017 Dashboard shows how districts and schools are performing on test scores, graduation rates, and other measures of student success.

The recent enactment of the ESSA gives states greater discretion to implement academic content standards, administer statewide and local assessments, and set ambitious performance goals to direct evidence-based improvement strategies and interventions to improve student performance. ESSA requires each state to continue to implement the local report card requirements specified under Title I, Part A of the ESEA, as amended by No Child Left Behind.

The LEA Accountability Report Card contains data for the following categories:

Section I. Accountability
  • California School Dashboard Accountability System
Section II. Program Improvement (PI)
  • PI Status of Schools in the LEA
Section III. California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Test Results
  • CAASPP Test Results in English Language Arts/Literacy
  • CAASPP Test Results in Mathematics
  • CAASPP Test Results in Science
Section IV. Teacher Qualifications
  • Teacher Credentials
  • Teacher Education Levels
Section V. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Results
  • NAEP Reading and Mathematics Results by Grade Level, All Students
  • NAEP Reading and Mathematics Results by Grade Level, Students with Disabilities, and/or English Language Learners
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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 10, 2019