• Overview

    California School Dashboard Video External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 4:07)
    A video that provides an overview of the California's multiple measures accountability system. It describes the measures in the Dashboard report and how statewide data are used to determine the performance colors.


    Based on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was passed in 2013, California has a new accountability system that is based on multiple measures. These measures are used to determine local educational agency (LEA) and school progress toward meeting the needs of their students. The measures are based on factors that contribute to a quality education, including high school graduation rates, college/career readiness, student test scores, English learner (EL) progress, suspension rates, and parent engagement.

    California's New Accountability and Continuous Improvement System

    The California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard) is a powerful online tool to help districts and schools identify strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint student groups that may be struggling. It reports performance and progress on the state and local indicators:

    • The state indicators apply to all LEAs, schools, and student groups and are based on data that is collected consistently across the state.

    • Local indicators apply at the LEA and charter school level and are based on data collected by the local level.

    The state and local indicators are drawn from the ten priority areas of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Table 1 lists each priority area and its corresponding state and/or local indicator:

    Table 1: The State and Local Indicators for Each Local Control Funding Formula Priority Areas
    Priority Areas State Indicator Local Indicator
    Priority 1: Basic Services and Conditions at schools N/A Text books availability, adequate facilities, and correctly assigned teachers
    Priority 2: Implementation of State Academic Standards) N/A Annually report on progress in implementing the standards for all content areas

    Priority 3: Parent Engagement

    N/A Annually report progress toward: (1) seeking input from parents/guardians in decision making; and (2) promoting parental participation in programs
    Priority 4: Student Achievement
    • Academic Indicator (Grades 3–8)
    • English Learner Progress Indicator
    Grade 11 Distance from Level 3 Report
    Priority 5: Student Engagement
    • Graduation Rate Indicator
    • Chronic Absenteeism Indicator (Status will be reported in March 2018)
    Priority 6: School Climate Suspension Rate Indicator Administer a Local Climate Survey every other year
    Priority 7: Access to a Broad Course of Study College/Career Indicator (Status only) Pending SBE Action for Inclusion in Fall 2018 Dashboard
    Priority 8: Outcomes in a Broad Course of Study College/Career Indicator (Status only) N/A

    These priority areas form the basis for California's integrated accountability system, which meets both state and federal requirements. Unlike the former Academic Performance Index (API), which was based solely on testing results, this new accountability system uses multiple measures to determine performance and progress and emphasizes equity by focusing on student group performance.

    Different criteria are used to determine and report performance for the state and local indicators.

    For the methodology for measuring performance on the local indicators, please see the local indicators.

    Performance on the state indicators is based on both current performance (Status) and progress over time (Change).

    • Status is based on the most recent year of data for that indicator. There are five Status levels: Very high, High, Medium, Low, and Very low.

    • Change is the difference between current and prior year performance. There are five Change levels: Increased significantly, Increased, Maintained, Declined, and Declined significantly.

    Combining Status and Change results in a performance level for each state indicator for LEAs, schools, and student groups with 30 or more students. Both Status and Change are given equal weight in determining the performance level for an indicator. There are five performance levels, and each is assigned a different color. The five color-coded performance levels in order are: blue (highest performance), green, yellow, orange, and red (lowest performance). The colors are used in the Dashboard to graphically display the performance levels for LEAs, schools, and student groups. 

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    Table 2 provides an example of how the Status and Change are combined on the five-by-five color table to determine the performance level. (Note: The placement of the color boxes for five-by-five colored charts vary by indicator.)

    Table 2: Five-by-Five Color Coded Table
    Level Declined 
    Very High
    Yellow Green Blue Blue Blue
    Orange Yellow Green Green Blue
    Orange Orange Yellow Green Green
    Red Orange Orange Yellow Yellow
    Very Low
    Red Red Red Orange Yellow

    To view the calculations for each state indicator, select one indicator below:

    For more detailed information, see the Technical Guide to the California School Dashboard (PDF)