Fall 2019 California School Dashboard
The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) released the 2019 California School Dashboard on December 12, 2019. The Dashboard is a key component of the state’s school accountability system. The Dashboard includes the latest data available on 2018–2019 graduation rates, suspension rates, test scores, English learner progress, college/career readiness, and chronic absenteeism.
Fall 2019 California School Dashboard Results for CUHSD
CUHSD is green across all indicators on the Dashboard this year. This is an improvement from 2018 when the District was green in only three out of five indicators. As a high school district, CUHSD receives ratings on suspension rates, graduation rates, college/career readiness, English language arts test scores, and mathematics test scores. The English learner progress indicator will receive a rating starting in 2020. The District does not receive a rating for chronic absenteeism.
For a detailed report on the District's results, click here: CUHSD Dashboard Summary.
Figure 1. CUHSD Results for the 2019 California School Dashboard
CUHSD Identified for Differentiated Assistance
While the District improved its performance overall, the detailed results show that the District needs improvement with English learners because this group has ratings of red in the academic indicators (English language arts and math) and the suspensions indicator.
Because the English learner group is red in multiple indicators, CUHSD was identified for Differentiated Assistance in the accountability system known as the Statewide System of Supports. The District will work with the Santa Clara County Office of Education to identify ways to improve results for English learners. Initial data monitoring for the 2019-2020 school year already shows a decrease in suspension rates compared to the same time last year.
The District is committed to improving supports for English learners, including implementing the English Learner Master Plan, which gives English learner students the tools and the support to become proficient in English and graduate on time. Additionally, multiple equity initiatives are underway, including anti-bias training and coaching, the Fairness and Belonging Committee, and ongoing training on how to improve discipline practices at sites to reduce disproportionately high suspensions among specific student groups.
The California School Dashboard Explained
The Dashboard provides ratings with red being the lowest rating and blue being the highest rating. Metrics are organized into two categories: state indicators and local indicators. State indicators are measured using performance data from state systems, while local indicators are rated through self-evaluation at the district level. Below is a description of each indicator. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education's resources website: California School Dashboard Resources.
Figure 2. Dashboard Color Rating System