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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 (SBE) adopted a new accountability system and released the California School Dashboard in the Spring of 2017.

During the transition to the new accountability requirements under the ESSA, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the 2016 Accountability Transition Report which displays the following requirements under ESSA: (1) the 95 percent participation on the statewide assessments for LEAs and schools, and (2) the four-year cohort graduation rates. ESSA does not require states to make accountability determinations for LEAs or schools in the transition year. As a result, the 2015–16 LEA Accountability Report Card does not indicate whether LEAs and schools met participation rate or graduation rate targets.

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
  • Participation Rate – English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA)
  • Participation Rate – Mathematics
  • Graduation Rate
  • Three-Year Average Graduation Rate
Section II. Program Improvement (PI)
  • PI Status of Schools in the LEA
Section III. California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Assessment Results
  • CAASPP Assessment Results – ELA
  • CAASPP Assessment Results – Mathematics
  • CAASPP Assessment Results – Science
Section IV. Teacher Qualifications
  • Teacher Credentials
  • Teacher Education Levels
  • Core Academic Classes Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers
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
Questions: SARC TEAM | sarc@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0406 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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