Fall 2018 California School Dashboard
The California Department of Education released the Fall 2018 California School Dashboard on December 6, 2018. The Dashboard is part of California’s new school accountability system and replaces the Academic Performance Index (API), which relied solely on test scores and gave a limited view of school performance. The Dashboard shows results across multiple metrics including test scores, graduation rate, college preparation, suspension rate, and other measures of student success.
As noted in the Board of Trustees’ Strategic Plan, Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) is focused on continuous improvement and equity as two of our key guiding principles. District leadership uses the Dashboard as an important source of information to evaluate its programs to ensure that all students are being provided with the support they need to construct their futures.
The Dashboard has a new look this year with several changes to the layout and metrics that were in last year’s Dashboard. Below is a summary of CUHSD’s results and a description of each of the metrics. You can find results for any school or district in California on the Dashboard website here.
Fall 2018 California School Dashboard Results for CUHSD
The Dashboard shows the District’s performance is at a high level in most areas, but there are some areas for improvement. Notably, CUHSD is green on three out of five state indicators: suspension rate, college/career, and English language arts. For comparison, the overall state ratings were yellow in these three areas.
CUHSD has a Dashboard graduation rating of yellow. While the overall graduation rate of 92% for the class of 2018 was higher than the overall state graduation rate of 84%, CUHSD’s rate decreased slightly from the previous year.
CUHSD Identified for Differentiated Assistance
The Dashboard shows the District needs improvement with English learners, students with disabilities, and African American students because these groups were red on two or more indicators.
Because these student groups are red in multiple indicators, CUHSD has been identified for Differentiated Assistance in the accountability system known as the Statewide System of Supports. At this level, County Superintendents, the CDE, and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence will help districts to identify and address performance gaps between student groups. CUHSD is committed to utilizing the rich information in the Dashboard to continuously improve our programs with a focus on ensuring equitable access and outcomes for all students.
To address these areas of improvement, District leadership is focused on implementing the English Learner Master Plan, which helps ensure English learner students have the tools and the support to become proficient in English and graduate on time. The District also established a Special Education Strategic Planning Committee this year to analyze the current programs and supports for students with disabilities and make appropriate recommendations. Finally, multiple equity initiatives are underway this school year including equity training and coaching, the Fairness and Belonging Committee, and ongoing training on how to improve discipline practices at sites to reduce disproportionality.
California School Dashboard Indicator Definitions
The Dashboard metrics are organized into two categories: state indicators and local indicators. Color ratings for state indicators (red, orange, yellow, green, or blue) are determined using performance data from state databases, while local indicators (standard met, not met, or not met for two years) are rated through self-evaluation at the district level. Below is a description of each indicator. For more information, please visit the State’s Dashboard resources website.