What is the California School Dashboard?

The California School Dashboard is a key element of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) new school accountability system. First unveiled in March 2017, it provides educators, parents, and the public with information about how local schools and districts are performing. Compared to previous systems, the Dashboard: 

  • Uses multiple measures to track success
  • Emphasizes equity by displaying data for student groups
  • Enables local education agencies to make decisions addressing local needs
  • Focuses on continuous improvement

The California School Dashboard currently includes data in priority areas that the State has identified as predictors of student success. These areas, called measures, are based on state and local data. State-generated data is transmitted through five color-coded performance levels for each measure and student group. Schools and districts can create additional measures that reflect local data in areas most meaningful to the community. The Dashboard organizes this information in multiple ways to allow comparisons of current and past performance as well as comparisons of performance among student groups.

Below is a short summary of the Dashboard's measures, how to read a report on the Dashboard, and how a district can be eligible for additional assistance. This information is also provided in a PDF (English, Spanish).

Measures on the California School Dashboard

State Measures

These measures are based on statewide information and allow families and community members to understand how schools and districts are serving students.

  • Academic Performance in English Language/Arts and Mathematics: Displays how well students are meeting grade-level standards in English-language arts/literacy and math.
  • English Learner Progress: Shows the number of students who made progress on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) or were reclassified as fluent English-proficient speakers.
  • Chronic Absenteeism: Indicates the number of students in K-8 schools who were absent for 10 percent or more of the total instructional school days.
  • Graduation Rate: Reflects the percentage of students who graduate high school with a regular high school diploma within four years of entering grade nine.
  • Suspension Rate: Gives the percentage of students who were suspended at any time during the school year. Students are only counted once.
  • College/Career: Shows the number of students who graduate from high school better prepared for college or a career.

The statewide measures are also reported by student groups, such as students who are English learners, are socioeconomically disadvantaged, have disabilities, are in the foster care system, or are experiencing homelessness. It also looks at student groups based upon race/ethnicity.

Performance on state measures is based on both recent data and growth from the prior year. Schools and districts receive one of five performance levels: blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. Blue shows the highest performance level while red indicates the lowest performance level. The performance levels appear as semi-circle gauges that are divided into color segments. An arrow points to the color that represents the performance level for that measure.

Local Measures

Local measures are based on information collected by districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to paint a broader picture of students’ school experience.

  • Basic Services and Conditions: Indicates that students have access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials aligned with state standards, and safe, clean, and functional facilities.
  • Parent and Family Engagement: Reflects a school or district’s progress, successes, needs, and areas for growth in family engagement policies, programs, and practices.
  • Access to a Broad Course of Study: Shares the extent to which students have access to a wide range of courses and pathways that meet their interests and academic needs.
  • School Climate: Addresses how the school or district is promoting school safety and connectedness.

Performance on local measures are displayed as one of three ratings: Standard Met, Standard Not Met, or Standard Not Met for Two Years.

Reading the California School Dashboard 

An image of the California School Dashboard

Performance Overview

The report begins with a summary of how your school or district is performing across state and local measures.

  • See a snapshot of your school or district's performance on statewide and local measures.
  • Create a PDF report of your school or district's results in English and Spanish.
  • Click on “View All Schools” to compare how schools within the district are performing.
  • Click on “View Additional Reports” to access more detailed reports.
  • Use the dropdown menu to change the year displayed.

Learn about the student population, such as the number of students enrolled and what percentage of students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, English learners, or in the foster care system.

Detailed Performance Report

Detailed Performance Reports

Scroll down in the report to find additional data on each measure. The reports are organized into three areas: academic performance, academic engagement, and conditions and climate.

  • Compare student results for your school or district with statewide results.
  • View how students performed in the most recent year and in the prior year.
  • The equity report shows the performance level for each student group.
  • Click the “View More Details” link to read detailed information.
  • Click the "View More Details" link to learn more about progress made on local measures.

Qualifying for Additional Assistance

All districts receive resources and tools to better serve their students. Some districts are eligible for additional assistance depending on their results on the California School Dashboard.

Differentiated Assistance

Districts with student groups that are red in two or more priority areas qualify for differentiated assistance. Districts work alongside the San Mateo County Office of Education to identify key challenges and opportunities and address disparities among student groups.

Intensive Intervention

Districts receiving differentiated assistance are eligible for concentrated intervention when their performance levels are not improved over a period of time.

Joy Dardenelle

Executive Director, Systems for District Improvement

Email: jdardenelle@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5315