In March of 2017, California launched the California School Dashboard, a new website designed to help communities across the state access accountability information about K-12 districts and schools.
The Dashboard is part of the state’s new accountability system, based on the Local Control Funding Formula. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that has created more rigorous academic standards for students, changed how students are assessed, and placed the focus on equity for all students.
The Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English-learner progress, and suspension rates.
The Dashboard uses color-coded pie pieces to measure how well schools and students are doing (status) and whether or not the status is moving in the right direction (growth). Both status and growth are used to determine performance levels.
The five performance levels are: blue (highest), green, yellow, orange, and red (lowest). Performance levels are also indicated by the number of pieces in the pie symbol. A pie with five-out-of-five pieces shaded in corresponds to a blue (highest) performance level. A performance level of red is also indicated as a pie with only one shaded-in piece.
The California School Dashboard can be at: www.caschooldashboard.org
There are many resources available to help parents, educators, and the community better understand the California School Dashboard.
More information from the CDE can be found at California Accountability Model & School Dashboard.
Video explaining the Dashboard from the Association of California School Administrators
The California School Dashboard Technical Guide (PDF)