California Department of Education Releases New CA School Dashboards

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March 17, 2017 On March 15, the California Department of Education released a new dashboard that it will use to identify Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for accountability and continuous improvement on six state indicators with 5 color ratings at both a schoolwide level and for student subgroups. These include the following indicators (1) academic (grades 3-8 only), (2) English Learner progress, (3) chronic absenteeism, (4) four-year graduation rate, (5) suspension rate, and (6) college and career readiness. For more information including a communications toolkit, go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/cm/. A helpful overview is provided in this EdSource article.

With the transition to Common Core, California says it is transitioning away from "sanction-based accountability" to a system of "continuous improvement." Much has been unclear in the transition and interventions for underperforming schools may not occur until 2018-19 or later. However charter schools will continue to have higher stakes accountability through renewals and revocations, with authorizers often using differing criteria. CCSA continues to use a clear accountability framework and minimum criteria to guide its accountability advocacy. As the state system is finalized, CCSA is looking for opportunities to align our framework with the state system.