The state of California released a new website to help share information about our schools called the California School Dashboard (https://www.caschooldashboard.org). The site contains easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates. By using the California School Dashboard to develop Local Control and Accountability Plans, Lucia Mar will be focusing on the alignment of dollars and interventions to student groups that may need extra support. The Dashboard is committed to transparency and continuous improvement and is part of California’s new school accountability system that raises the bar for student learning by placing the focus on equity to all students.
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.
While Lucia Mar 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 of stakeholders on how schools are doing and how schools can do better.
Released in March 2017, the Dashboard is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education, changes that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed from a testing only perspective to put the focus on ongoing growth and equity within the entire school community.
The Dashboard will help schools and districts build on successes and focus on challenges. As an accountability tool, the Dashboard will help the state identify schools and districts needing additional support to improve.
California’s future depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate ready for college, careers and life!
For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s California Accountability Model & School Dashboard website at:
CDE's Parent Guide to the Dashboard
The Dashboard can be found at: