Orange, CA – December 10, 2018 – The California Department of Education and the State Board of Education have launched the 2018 California School Dashboard. The Dashboard website is part of California’s school accountability and support framework that is empowering local communities, districts, and schools to address the needs of their students. This site features a wealth of information on test scores, graduation rates, school attendance, college/career readiness, and suspensions. The Dashboard can be accessed at https://www.caschooldashboard.org/.
The Dashboard’s new user-friendly look makes it easier to navigate and understand the district and school site-specific data. School and district performance levels are represented by colors, with red representing the lowest level and blue the highest. These colors are based on the current status (how each school or district performed in the 2017-18 school year) and change (how much the school or district improved or declined over time) for each indicator. The Dashboard also provides information on specific student groups (low-income, English learner, foster youth, etc.).
This year’s Dashboard includes several new additions and updates. The Chronic Absenteeism Indicator for students in grades K - 8 and the College/Career Readiness Indicator for students in grades 9 - 12 are available for the first time. Also, grade 11 students’ scores on the Smarter Balanced summative assessments in English language arts and math are included in the Academic Indicator at the school and district levels. For the first time, the Dashboard includes the performance of students who attend alternative schools. This data is factored into the Dashboard indicators. Lastly, the calculation of the four-year cohort graduation rate reflects changes in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education requirements.
The Dashboard is part of an ongoing conversation with our community on both how we're doing and how we can do better. Meeting goals will take a united effort, and we look forward to working with our families to ensure success for every student.