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Overview of the State Accountability Report Card

Information about the requirements and contents of the State Accountability Report Card (STARC).

Federal law requires each state to produce an annual report card that summarizes data of students 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 State 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 state report card requirements specified under Title I, Part A of the ESEA, as amended by NCLB.

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

Accountability
  • Participation Rate – English language arts/literacy (ELA)
  • Participation Rate – Mathematics
High School Graduation Rate
  • Graduation Rate (Four-Year Cohort Rate) by Student Group, All Students
Program Improvement (PI)
  • PI Status of LEAs and Schools
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
  • CAASPP Assessment Results – ELA, Two-Year Trend in Student Achievement, Grades Three through Eight and Grade Eleven
  • CAASPP Assessment Results – Mathematics, Two-Year Trend in Student Achievement, Grades Three through Eight and Grade Eleven
  • CAASPP Assessment Results – ELA, Disaggregated by Student Group, Grades Three through Eight and Grade Eleven
  • CAASPP Assessment Results – Mathematics, Disaggregated by Student Group, Grades Three through Eight and Grade Eleven
  • CAASPP Science California Standards Test (CST) Results – Science, Two-Year Trend in Student Achievement, Grades Five, Eight, and Ten
  • CAASPP Assessment Results – Science, Disaggregated by Student Group, Grades Five, Eight, and Ten
Teacher Qualifications
  • Teacher Credentials
  • Teacher Education Levels
  • Core Academic Classes Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Results
  • California NAEP Results in Reading and Mathematics by Grade Level, All Students
  • California NAEP Results in Reading by Grade Level, Disaggregated by Student Group
  • California NAEP Results in Mathematics by Grade Level, Disaggregated by Student Group
  • California NAEP Results in Reading and Mathematics by Grade Level for 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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