California School Dashboard Debuts
New accountability system provides an increased focus on equity
ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 15, 2017) – The California Department of Education today launched the California School Dashboard (www.caschooldashboard.org), a new accountability system aimed at providing comprehensive information to assist both educators and families in evaluating and improving school and student performance.
There are several key components to the new Dashboard. First, the Dashboard is comprised of multiple measures and does not rely exclusively on test scores. Second, the Dashboard focuses on equity and includes detailed data about student and school performance by sub-group. And third, the Dashboard supports local decision-making by making data easy to understand for schools and communities and supports the existing Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plans for each school district.
“We are pleased the Dashboard places value on multiple measures, an increased focus on equity across student groups, and builds capacity at the local level to make thoughtful, evidence-based decisions to support our students’ continuous improvement,” said Dr. Linda Kimble, AESD Superintendent.
Regarding the AESD data, the Suspension Rate Indicator is from the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Since then, the District has continued to improve school climate through district-wide implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) structures and through Restorative Practice. The data used to determine the English Learner Progress Indicator is from the 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 school years. In response to student’s language proficiency results, AESD embraced a system-wide focus on language instruction and academic discourse. Language instruction has been intensified through multiple days of professional development and on-site coaching for both teachers and administrators.
The data used to calculate the English Language Arts and Mathematics Academic Performance Indicators is from the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. AESD instructional focuses ensure all students attain the skills and mindsets to be college and career ready.