California Schools Dashboard

  • New Evaluation Dashboard Establishes Baseline for Progress

    With California’s groundbreaking Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), implemented in 2013, districts and schools received more flexibility in using state resources. Community funded districts like Santa Clara Unified, though not funded under LCFF, are still held to the same level of accountability as those receiving state funding.

    Through our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), written with parent and public input, goals, actions, and measures of student progress are identified. In addition, the State has released a new evaluation dashboard called the California School Dashboard that provides districts and schools access to the information they need to make the best local decisions about the education of children. New information will help principals, teachers, parents and community members pinpoint specific areas where schools are underperforming and need help.

    California is leading the nation in developing a system for evaluating schools and districts that includes multiple measures of student success, and measures of growth over time of each student, student group, school, and district. No longer will one single number, formerly the Academic Performance Index (API), be the indicator of school and student performance. The new accountability system gives a snapshot of a manageable set of indicators, instead of relying on one annual standardized test. This new California School Dashboard, is an easy-to-use online tool to access this information, giving parents, teachers and community members a fuller picture of a school’s progress.

    The dashboards include the following 11 indicators measuring a district or school’s performance based on the current rate and level of improvement over at least one year:

    • Chronic absenteeism
    • Suspension rates
    • Graduation rates
    • Student performance in English language arts and math
    • Parent engagement
    • School climate
    • Progress of English learners
    • College and career readiness
    • Implementation of state standards
    • Basics, such as teachers, materials, and facilities

    For all of these measures, we can see overall student performance as well as results for particular groups of students. The dashboard uses colored “pies” to indicate the performance level -- blue is best, followed by green, yellow, orange, and red -- making it easy for staff, families, and community members to identify successes and challenges of a school/district. This layered look at student success performance helps all of us work together to continue improving.

    This first year, the results shown on the California School Dashboard establish a baseline that will allow us to monitor the progress we expect to continue to make over time.

    For more information, visit the California Department of Education website.

    California Schools Dashboard