What is the California School Dashboard?
California has launched a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. The California School 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 is part of California’s new school accountability system based on 2013's Local Control Funding Formula. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students.
A video that provides an overview of California's multiple measures accountability system. It describes the measures in the Dashboard report and how statewide data are used to determine the performance colors.Author: ACOELength: 4:19
To learn more about California's accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit the CDE Dashboard Web page.
To view the Cambrian School District and Schools information on the CA School Dashboard, visit the California School Dashboard Report Website.
WHAT: The Dashboard shows how well students within a district or school are performing on a variety of indicators, including test scores, graduation rates, suspension rates, English learner progress, and college/career readiness. The indicators are color-coded – blue is the highest rating and red is the lowest.
WHY: In the past, test scores were often the only measure of student success. But students are more than test scores. Looking at more data – and more meaningful information -- helps more precisely identify a district or school's strengths and weaknesses and highlights performance gaps between groups of learners.
Focus on Equity
WHAT: The Dashboard's Equity Report shows how student groups are performing on various measures. Student groups include ethnic and racial groups, low-income students, English learners, foster youth and students with special needs.
WHY: The Dashboard highlights inequities and helps communities align resources to improving student group performance through the Local Control and Accountability Plan process.
Supporting Local Decision-Making
WHAT: The Dashboard supports California’s groundbreaking Local Control Funding Formula, which gives districts and schools more flexibility in using state resources and provides extra funding to districts and schools serving students needing extra help.
WHY: Local education communities know best how to address local needs. Top-down approaches of the past haven't worked because California is too big and too diverse for one-size-fits-all approaches to district and school improvement.
WHAT: California is continually improving our public education system to better serve students and families. The Dashboard will be updated each fall with new information and its design improved based on user feedback. The new California Statewide System of Support – which begins this school year – includes three levels of assistance to districts: Level 1 is support for all districts. The support includes workshops for teachers, classroom coaches, and sharing of "best practices" proven to help accelerate student learning. Level 2 is support to districts and schools struggling to lift up the performance of one or more student groups. Together with partners, these districts will examine the factors behind low performance and develop strategies for improving classroom learning. Level 3 is state intervention for districts that fail to improve student group performance in three out of four years.
WHY: Working collaboratively with districts to provide support and assistance will ensure that struggling districts get the services they need to better serve their students.
The 2018 Dashboard New Look!
The Dashboard has a New Look (PDF)
The 2018 Dashboard has a new look! Dashboard 2.0 is friendlier, simpler to use, and easier to understand.
Getting to Know the 2018 California School Dashboard (PDF)
A one-page document to help communicate the California School Dashboard to Stakeholders.
Getting to Know the Measures (PDF)
A two-page document that explains the six state measures that provide important information on how schools are serving their students.
How Dashboard Colors are Determined (PDF)
This document explains how the performance colors are determined on the Dashboard.