WHAT IS THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DASHBOARD?
The State Board of Education (SBE) is in the final stages of
approving a new website parents/guardians, educators and the public can use to
see how districts and schools are meeting the needs of California's student
population. The California School Dashboard will be far more useful than the
previous Academic Performance Index, which relied on test scores.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STATE AND LOCAL
The state indicators are based on data that is collected
consistently across the state and allow comparison of performance. State data is not available for the local
indicators, so districts will measure and report on their progress through the
Dashboard based on locally available information.
WHAT ARE THE STATE INDICATORS?
Indicator: Based on SBAC scale scores for student assessments on English
Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades 3-8
Rates by grade span.
learner Progress Indicator: Measures progress on English learners toward EL
proficiency (CELDT scores) and incorporates data on reclassification rates.
Graduation Rate: Based on a four-year cohort.
Career Indicator: Grade 11 test scores on ELA and mathematics and other
measures of college career readiness.
WHAT ARE THE LOCAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS?
Districts receive one of three
performance levels for the local indicators: Met, Not Met and Not Met for
Two or More Years. Meeting the standard on the local indicators is
based on whether the district collected and reported performance data that must
be collected locally for each local indicator. For districts that have Met the
standard for these indicators, the performance data is available in the
Detailed Reports. The local indicators do not apply to schools because they
are based on district-level information and cannot be analyzed for individual
Assigned Teachers, Access to Curriculum-Aligned Instructional Materials and
Safe, Clean and Functional School Facilities (Priority 1)
of State Academic Standards (Priority 2)
Engagement (Priority 3)
Climate (Priority 6)
of Services for Expelled Students-County Office Only (Priority
of Services for Foster Youth-COE Only (Priority 10)
WHAT DO THE COLORS MEAN?
Schools and districts receive one of five color-coded performance levels on the state indicators. The overall performance level that districts
and schools receive is based on how current performance (Status) compares to
past performance (Change), which provides a more complete picture of
performance than a point-in-time snapshot.
The color and amount of fill (e.g., Green always has four
segments filled, Red always has only one segment filled) are two ways of
showing the performance level. This
ensures that individuals who are color blind can distinguish the images and
that the reports are useful if they are printed in black-and-white or
photocopied. Additional caveats include:
Where data is not available, it is reported as not
Districts and schools do not receive a performance
level for any indicator if they have fewer than 30 students in the relevant
grade spans. This will be reported as an asterisk (*) and applies for all
student performance and individual student groups.
WHAT REPORTS ARE INCLUDED?
Users can choose from four
different reports by selecting tabs underneath the demographic
information. The information in each
report is summarized below.
Equity Report: This report shows the performance level of all students on the
state indicators. This provides a
simple overview of overall performance and whether any student groups are
experiencing challenges on the state indicators.
Status and Change Report: This report shows the
performance level for each state indicator and the current performance (Status)
and difference from past performance (Change) that resulted that in that
performance. It shows the data for Status
and Change, in addition to the color-coded performance level.
This tab includes reports that show the year-by-year data for the state
indicators and additional state data that is relevant to the state
indicators. For districts, it also shows
the locally collected data about progress on the local indicators. Users will see the data organized into three
groupings: one focused on academic performance, one focused on academic
engagement, and one focused on school conditions and climate. The groupings reinforce the relationships
among the indicators and will make the information more digestible.
Student Group Report: This report shows the performance
of all students and each student group on the state indicators. Users can also choose to highlight only the
student groups in the Blue and Green performance levels, the Yellow performance
level, or the Orange and Red performance levels.
From any of these reports, users can also view reports
showing performance of all student groups on a single indicator by clicking on
that indicator. They can also select on
any student group to access a single student group’s performance on all
HOW IS THE NEW ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM DIFFERENT AND
IMPROVED OVER THE API?
Many things contribute to a quality education for our
students. Different forms of data
provide different information about what’s working and what isn’t. To help
schools improve, the new school accountability system defines a quality
education more broadly than a single test score as used in the former Academic
Performance Index (API).
Also, equity is at the
heart of the new accountability system, with an increased focus on
addressing disparities among student groups across the concise set of
measures. A more complete picture of
student success will help school communities target resources where they are
most needed. The Dashboard highlights whether
there are disparities among student groups on any measure.
HOW WILL THE NEW SYSTEM SUPPORT LOCAL DECISION MAKING?
The new accountability system provides districts and schools
the information they need to make the best local decisions about educating
children. The Dashboard will help
parents, educators and the public understand how schools and districts are
performing on the concise set of measures that contribute to student success
and identify strengths and areas where improvement efforts should focus.