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SARC 2015–16 Web Application

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
November 9, 2016

Dear Accountability Coordinators:


We are pleased to announce the availability of the 2015–16 School Accountability Report Card (SARC) Web Application with the pre-populated 2015–16 SARC template beginning November 10, 2016. The SARC Web Application can be accessed at In accordance with Education Code (EC) sections 35256 and 35258, the SARC must be posted annually on or before February 1.

The 2015–16 SARC template has been modified based on: (1) the administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), in the 2015–16 SARC template, the CAASPP English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics table headers pertaining to the achievement levels (i.e., 1, 2, 3, and 4) have been combined into one single category, ‘Percent Met or Exceeded’; (2) changes in accordance with state and federal accountability reporting requirements; and (3) all dates have been updated accordingly. This template continues to provide a user-friendly and comprehensive accountability tool for parents and community members to gauge the performance of schools, student achievement, environment, resources, and demographics, while continuing to be responsive to all state and federal reporting requirements.

The blank 2015–16 SARC template (in Word) and Data Element Definitions document are now available on the SARC Web page at The data layout document and the translations of the blank 2015–16 SARC template will be on the SARC Web page the end of November 2016.

For all active public schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) will provide all currently available data elements specified in the blank 2015–16 SARC template that have DPC (data provided by the CDE) indicated in the tables/cells. Once available, the remaining CDE data elements (i.e., Highly Qualified Teacher results, CAASPP results, University of California/California State University Admission results, Physical Fitness test results, Suspensions and Expulsions results, Average Class Size and Class Size Distribution [Elementary and Secondary] results, and Advanced Placement Courses results) will be uploaded onto the SARC Web Application and the corresponding downloadable data files will also be made available on the SARC Web page.

Please be advised that the remaining CDE data elements will be uploaded onto the SARC Web Application into the corresponding tables/cells that have not been altered by the local educational agency (LEA)/user. If the LEA/user at any time presses the ‘SAVE’ button in any of the tables/cells that are pending the remaining data elements from CDE, the system will not upload the CDE new data into these tables/cells. The system is set up this way in an effort to not overwrite any data that the LEA/user has input. For example, if after the LEA/user has input data in a table/cell that is pending CDE new data, pressed the ‘SAVE’ button, and later removes all their data and leaves the table/cell blank, the system will not upload the CDE new data. Once the ‘SAVE’ button has been pressed, the system will consider this table/cell updated by the LEA/user and will not upload the CDE new data in the corresponding tables/cells.

The SARC Web Application serves as the mechanism for each LEA to provide the CDE with its completed SARC as required by law per EC Section 33126.1. There are three methods available for LEAs to submit their SARCs to the CDE: (1) use the online pre-populated SARC template located on the SARC Web Application to complete and post their SARC; (2) upload a vendor-created or custom-created PDF copy of their completed SARC; or (3) provide an active Uniform Resource Locator (URL) to the Web site address where their SARC has been posted on their school/LEA Web site. For further information regarding these methods, refer to the SARC Frequently Asked Questions Web page at

All 2015–16 SARCs posted on the SARC Web Application will be accessible to the public via the Find a SARC Web page at A link to this Web page is also available on the SARC Web page at

Nonpublic, nonsectarian schools must provide the CDE with an active URL where their SARC is posted on the school’s Web site by way of the Update Your SARC Web Site Link Web page at The CDE does not collect electronic or paper copies of nonpublic nonsectarian school SARCs.

For information regarding access to the SARC Web Application, please refer to the Attachment to this letter.

For further information about the SARC Web Application, please contact the SARC Team by phone at 916-319-0406 or by e-mail at



Jonathan Isler, Administrator
Data Visualization and Reporting Office
Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division



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