California School Dashboard
The Dashboard 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.
The California School Dashboard was not updated as usual in the 2019-2020 and in the 2020-2021 school years because COVID-19 era regulations either canceled or modified the data collection that would allow the new information to be reflected. However, the Dashboard continues to show local indicators that provide useful information that is updated yearly.
The California School Dashboard – Let the Conversation Begin (Video; 1:53)
This two-minute video explains why the California School Dashboard is the “ultimate conversation starter” and how it can lead to better planning and better results for our kids.
- The California School Dashboard – My Dad (Video; 1:36)
In this animated video a student explains how her dad used the Dashboard to learn about her school and how it was performing on key state measures.
- California is leading the nation in developing a system for evaluating schools and districts that includes multiple measures of student success. The new California School Dashboard is an easy-to-use online tool to access this wealth of information, giving parents, teachers and community members a fuller picture of a school’s progress.
- Instead of relying exclusively on test scores as the previous accountability system did, this new system gives a snapshot of a manageable set of indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English learner progress and suspension rates, while still looking at test scores.
Focus on Equity
- California's future success depends on preparing every student at every school to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The additional information in the California School Dashboard can help improve equity among student groups by revealing where disparities exist.
- Having access to relevant information helps schools and districts understand where students are struggling and ensures staff can respond with resources.
- Under the previous system, data about student groups was too focused on test scores. The new system provides student group information on a variety of helpful indicators and puts it in one location.
Supporting Local Decision-Making
- The Dashboard supports California's groundbreaking Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which gives districts and schools more flexibility in using state resources.
- Districts and schools have 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.
- It will also help identify schools that are excelling and can help others by sharing their methods and practices.