California Launches New Version of School Dashboard
The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) have launched the second version of the California School Dashboard, a website that gives parents, students, and educators access to valuable school and district data, including the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD).
The 2018 Dashboard includes two new metrics for evaluating school and district performance and a new, user-friendly look that makes complex data easier to understand. The Dashboard is now fully accessible on smart phones and tablets and has the most current data available, including 2018 test scores and graduation rates.
The Dashboard is a key component of California’s five-year overhaul of the state’s school accountability system. It displays statewide data based on status (how each school or district performed) and change (how much they have improved or declined over time). School and district performance levels are indicated by color, with red the lowest and blue the highest.
The Dashboard also breaks down information by student group (low-income, English learner, foster youth, etc.) to help pinpoint and address achievement gaps.
Highlights for FUSD include the district no longer requiring Differentiated Assistance due to significant progress made in decreasing suspension rates and increasing graduation rates for all student groups, along with maintaining positive performance in all other indicators. Other results of note:
- Overall, FUSD fell into Green for Chronic Absenteeism, Suspension Rate and Graduation Rate and in Blue for College/Career and Academic Performance for ELA and Math.
- In 2017, FUSD student groups that fell into Red for suspension rate were Foster Youth, Homeless and African American, but all three student groups are now in Yellow, with the exception of Homeless which is now in Orange.
- In 2017, one of FUSD’s student groups that fell into Red for graduation rate was the Homeless student group which is now in Green.
(Click here for a full overview of FUSD school and district performance.)
“I am very proud of the progress demonstrated over the past 12 months and thank our students and staff for a great effort toward reaching our goals for 2018,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kim Wallace. “There is still work to be done among our student groups and the new Dashboard format has painted a clear picture of where to focus in 2019.”
The Dashboard has two main purposes: At the local level, the Dashboard helps communities identify strengths and challenges and align resources to support students who are struggling academically. On the state level, the indicators determine which districts are eligible for tailored assistance through the State System of Support, a connected network of agencies throughout California. Districts with one or more student group in the “Red” on two metrics are eligible for state help.
The Dashboard replaces the state’s former accountability system—the Academic Performance Index (API), which relied exclusively on standardized tests and gave schools a single score. That system was suspended four years ago. For more information, please visit the California Accountability Model & School Dashboard web page.