December 2019 — The California Department of Education (CDE) today released the 2019 California School Dashboard, which displays the performance of districts, schools, and student groups on a set of state and local accountability measures. Along with the updated Dashboard, CDE has increased access to parents and community members by making the Dashboard information available in five languages and adding an interactive map and a list of charter schools eligible for differentiated assistance.
First released in 2017 as part of the State’s new school accountability system, the California School Dashboard has become an increasingly valuable tool to help schools and districts understand how well they are serving all of their students across many inter-related indicators. The Dashboard provides rich data to inform districts of the myriad elements that influence student success. The Dashboard also gives parents and community members the opportunity to lift the hood and get a better look at individual school performance.
San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee expressed her continued support for the Dashboard as an important tool in improving outcomes for every student. “The Dashboard keeps improving each year, adding indicators and tools that support school leaders in making data-informed decisions that best meet the needs of students. The Dashboard also serves to provide families and community members with the information they need to understand how well their schools are serving their children.”
The Dashboard reflects data in several priority areas, including academic performance, English learner progress, chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, suspension rates, and college and career readiness, all of which can be analyzed through the filter of district, school, and student group performance. The Dashboard also includes local measures, such as basic services and conditions, family engagement, access to a broad course of study, and school climate, that reflect data provided by districts.
The indicators on the Dashboard show current progress and change over time, giving every district the opportunity to explore areas where they can improve outcomes for their students. Progress and growth are summarized on easy-to-read gauges according to five levels ranging from Red, the lowest performance level (low status/change), to Blue, the highest performance level (high status/change). Users can continue to click through digital links to find more detailed data about individual schools and student groups.
As part of the release of the Dashboard, the CDE identified school districts that are eligible for differentiated assistance. Districts qualify for this targeted assistance when at least one student group lands in the red - or lowest category - for two different priority areas.
Three years into the new statewide system, the evidence indicates differentiated assistance is helping school districts improve outcomes. Five school districts, which were eligible for differentiated assistance last year, reached required targets and are no longer eligible. For example, one district, Brisbane School District (BSD), worked closely with the County Office of Education to understand and address chronic absenteeism and was able to improve on that indicator. While BSD is pleased with the results, it will continue to make it a priority to address chronic absenteeism.