California School Dashboard
Due to the COVID-19 school closures, the California School Dashboard does not have updated ratings for Fall 2020. The Fall 2020 release does include data on college preparedness and graduation rates. For more information click here.
The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) typically releases an updated California School Dashboard in December. The Dashboard is a key component of the state’s school accountability system. The Dashboard includes the latest data available on graduation rates, suspension rates, test scores, English learner progress, college/career readiness, and chronic absenteeism.
Fall 2019 California School Dashboard Results
CUHSD was green across all indicators on the Dashboard this year. This was 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
- Suspension rate: This is the percentage of students who were suspended at least once in a school year. Students who are suspended multiple times are only counted once.
- English learner progress: The combined percentage of English learner students who showed progress on the English proficiency test (ELPAC) or who were Redesignated as Fluent English Proficient (RFEP). For the Fall 2018 Dashboard, there is no performance color because the ELPAC was new in the 2017-2018 school year.
- English Language Arts: The distance between the average student score and the score needed to achieve standard met on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test for English language arts.
- Mathematics: The distance between the average student score and the score needed to achieve standard met on the SBAC test for math.
Graduation rate: This calculation has been updated per Federal requirements and as of fall 2018 counts only students who earned a regular high school diploma, not those who earned a certificate of completion, passed the GED or CHSPE or were transferred to an adult school.
- College/career readiness: The percentage of 12th-grade high school students who were prepared for success after graduation based on a combination of measures including meeting or exceeding standards on the SBAC state tests, performance on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests, completion of a Career Technical Education pathway, or completion of dual enrollment or college-level coursework.
- Basic conditions of schools: This considers whether classrooms are assigned appropriately-credentialed teachers, whether students have access to standards-based instructional materials, and whether students have access to safe, clean and functional school facilities.
- Academic standards implementation: This considers whether the District is making progress toward implementing state academic standards.
- Parent engagement: This addresses receiving parent input in decision-making and promoting parental participation in education programs for students.
- Local climate survey: This considers whether the local educational agency administers a local climate survey that provides a valid measure of perceptions of school safety and connectedness at least every other year.
- Access to a broad course of study: This considers whether the District offers a range of courses to all students, including college preparatory and Career Technical Education pathways.