California Department of Education: December 2018
The 2017 Dashboard evaluated schools, districts and county offices of education on four state indicators (graduation rates, suspension rates, test scores and English learner progress) using California’s color-coded performance levels that take both status and change into account. The 2018 Dashboard brings two additional color-coded indicators into the Dashboard for the first time, reflecting the completion of a multi-year data collection cycle. Updates and changes for 2018 include:
- Chronic Absenteeism. Schools, districts and county offices of education that serve K-8 students will be evaluated for the first time with a red-through-blue color on the Chronic Absenteeism Indicator.
- College/Career. Schools, districts and county offices of education that serve 9–12 students will be evaluated for the first time with a red-through-blue color on the College/Career Indicator.
- Grade 11 Test Scores. Schools, districts and county offices of education that administer the Smarter Balanced Assessments in math and English language arts in grade 11 will be evaluated for the first time with a red-through-blue color on the Academic Indicator.
- Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) Schools. The performance of students who attend alternative schools (such as continuation schools and community day schools) will now be factored into Dashboard indicators. Many of these schools are operated by county offices of education, and therefore these agencies will be evaluated by color-coded indicators for the first time.
- Graduation Rate. The four-year cohort graduation rate reflects changes in methodology in compliance with U.S. Department of Education requirements.
- Participation Rate. Schools, districts and county offices of education will see an adjustment to their performance on the Academic Indicator if less than 95 percent of students participated in the state assessments.
- Three-by-Five Grids. Schools, districts and county offices of education with less than 150 students will have the three-by-five grid applied to the Graduation Rate, Suspension Rate and Chronic Absenteeism indicators to prevent large swings in data caused by the small populations of students.
- English Learner Progress. With the transition to the new English Learner Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), the English Learner Progress indicator will only report on the results of this assessment on the 2018 Dashboard for information purposes.