California Data Dashboard
California Data Dashboard
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What is it? The California School Dashboard is a new website that shows how local agencies (LEAs) and schools are performing on the indicators in California's new school accountability system. This new accountability system reports on multiple measures. The Dashboard replaces the former Academic Performance Index (API).






Key Ideas

  • More than a single number: A quality education is defined by more than a single test score. The Dashboard includes a more comprehensive look into what is working within a school or district.
  • The Dashboard increases the focus on student groups and calls out any disparities that may exist.
  • Supports local decision-making: The Dashboard provides more information to support districts and schools as they strategically plan for the future.

Why the new system and new tool? The Dashboard is a key part of California's commitment to transparency and continuous improvement. California's future success depends on tapping into the potential of students, so they graduate ready for college, careers and life. For schools to reach this goal, teachers, parents and the community need clear and useful measures of progress. As an accountability tool, the Dashboard will help the state identify schools (including charter schools) and districts needing targeted assistance.

What's different? In the past, accountability systems for districts and schools relied solely on test scores. But one test taken on one particular day doesn't provide a complete picture of all the ways schools are helping students succeed.

Think of it this way: You can’t drive a car by only watching the speedometer. You also keep your eye on the road, check the mirrors, monitor the gas tank and pay attention if the engine light comes on. Similarly, the Dashboard provides information on different aspects of student performance, which will give a more complete picture of a school’s progress. The Dashboard also reports on growth to show a school’s trajectory over time.

What's next? The Dashboard is deliberately designed to be a work in progress: Metrics and reports will be added over time. During the field testing phase, the state will be gathering feedback to make additional modifications.

The exciting changes taking place in education will take time to fully implement. While schools are making progress in many key areas there is always more work to do. 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 I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for every student.

Where can I find more information? The California Department of Education (CDE) has a website dedicated to information on the Dashboard