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California School Dashboard and System of Support
The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) launched the 2019 California School Dashboard, a key component of the state’s school accountability system. The Dashboard includes the latest data available on 2018–2019 graduation rates, suspension rates, test scores, English learner progress, college/career readiness, and chronic absenteeism.
Here is more information taking directly from CDE's webpage:
California’s new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how local educational agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population.
The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement. The CA Dashboard Mobile App is now available. The mobile app allows parents and educators an easier way to access their school and district Dashboards, all at their fingertips. Download the CA Dashboard Mobile App today!
Access the following five reports: the Five-by-Five Placement Reports, the College/Career Measures Report, the Participation Rate Report, the Student Groups Report, and the District Performance by County Report
The California School Dashboard Navigator is an interactive mapping tool for visualizing school and student group performance on a map that displays schools by their color-coded performance level for each of the state indicators and student groups. Users can target their searches by specific geographic areas and refine their searches using a set of interactive charts. Information on how to use the tool is provided in the Navigator How-To Guide and in the FAQs.
Key points about the 2019 Dashboard to keep in mind:
- The 2019 Dashboard can be accessed in five languages: Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Spanish and English.
- Smartphone and tablet users can access the 2019 Dashboard via a free mobile app available from the iOS App Store, the Microsoft Store and Google Play. Or download it here.
- CDE has also launched the California School Dashboard Navigator, an interactive map of Dashboard performance by district and school to make important data more transparent and accessible to parents and community members.
- For the first time, CDE is simultaneously releasing the latest data on graduation rates, suspension rates, college/career readiness and chronic absenteeism on the Dashboard and related DataQuest reports, reinforcing the state’s move to a multiple measures system.
- A comprehensive view of state, county, district, and school graduation and dropout rates, suspension rates and chronic absenteeism rates can be accessed through the California Department of Education's DataQuest.
Key points about California’s accountability system generally:
- The Dashboard evaluates schools and districts holistically. The Dashboard gives parents a fuller picture of student performance by displaying data on graduation rates, suspension rates, school attendance rates, college/career readiness rates, English learner progress and test scores. It also includes local information about school climate and conditions, parent engagement and basic services. All of these factors are interrelated and contribute to school success.
- California is putting equity issues upfront and center. The Dashboard breaks down information by student group (low-income, English learner, foster youth, etc.) to help local communities see gaps and align resources to support struggling students.
- California is empowering important conversations. Local education communities know the local education landscape. But talking frankly about challenges isn’t always easy. The Dashboard works in tandem with the Local Control and Accountability Plan process to spark robust discussions about goals, gaps and resource distribution at the local level.
- All schools and districts have strengths and challenges. Every school and district can improve. To do so, local communities need to know what they’re doing right and where there are issues to address.
- California is helping districts help themselves. The California System of Support is focused on helping local districts tap into rich local resources so they can develop the skills and knowledge educators need to improve student learning.
- California is creating a connected network of expertise. Districts can have multiple, complex and localized needs. The System of Support connects districts to specialists who have tackled similar issues and have the experience to help.