California Dashboard Reveals Districtwide Growth in All Categories

Orange, CA (December 16, 2019) – The California Department of Education 2019 California School Dashboard is now available for public use, both online and via a free app. The Dashboard is a tool to review data from the 2018-19 school year and 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. There are five performance levels that range from blue (highest) to red (lowest). The color of the gauge is determined by the current status and change from the previous year. These gauges, along with corresponding data points, are provided for academic performance, graduation rate, college/career indicator, suspension rate, and chronic absenteeism. Information is also provided for English Learner Progress.

Orange Unified showed growth this year in both academic indicators, leading to green for English language arts and math (previously orange). This indicator calculates the distance from met standard for all students. Richland, Canyon, and Cerro Villa showed the greatest gains in language arts, with all changing colors. Richland moved from red to Orange (17 point gain), Canyon from green to blue (15 point gain), and Cerro Villa from yellow to green (13 point gain). Taft and Prospect showed the greatest gains among the elementary schools with 10 points. In the area of math, Fairhaven (18 points), Panorama (17 points), Taft (16 points), and Canyon (15 points) made the greatest gains, with 10 schools showing double-digit growth. Panorama moved from green to blue, Taft moved from orange to yellow, and Palmyra moved from orange to green (12 point gain).

All four comprehensive high schools ranked blue due to their high graduation rates.

College/career indicators, identified only at the high school level, are based on the number of high school graduates who are prepared for college or a career. On this indicator, the district earned green as a whole, improving from yellow last year. Canyon and Villa Park High School earned the green rating, while El Modena earned blue. These ranking were calculated using

  • Career Technical Education Pathway Completion
  • Grade 11 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in ELA and mathematics
  • Advanced Placement Exams
  • International Baccalaureate Exams
  • College Credit Course (formerly Dual Enrollment)
  • A–G Completion
  • State Seal of Biliteracy
  • Military Science/Leadership

Suspension rate increased to green from yellow last year, with 24 schools earning blue. As far as chronic absenteeism, the district overall is yellow (an increase from orange last year), with 8 schools earning yellow and Nohl Canyon earning blue.

“We are extremely proud of the continued work that our administrators and teachers are doing in providing a culture of learning for each student,” said Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Cathleen Corella. “We are confident that our growing innovative programs and pathways will give our OUSD scholars the necessary EDGE in all college and career endeavors.”

The California School Dashboard is a key component of California’s five-year overhaul of the state’s school accountability system. It displays statewide data based on current year data (how each school or district performed) and prior year data (how much they have improved or declined from one year to the next). School and district performance levels are indicated by color, with red the lowest and blue the highest. The Dashboard also breaks down information by student group (low-income, English learner, foster youth, etc.) to help pinpoint and address achievement gaps.

Visit or download the free mobile app at to check out the Dashboard in action.



The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 28,000 K-12 grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader.