California School Dashboard

The California School Dashboard gives Ventura County parents and educators the opportunity to learn about the performance of local schools and districts that goes far beyond what has previously been available. The Dashboard website uses multiple indicators to give a more complete picture of how schools are serving our diverse student population. For 2018-19, the Dashboard has been redesigned to make it more informative and easier to use. The major changes include:

  • Addition of chronic absenteeism and college/career readiness as one of the six statewide measures of success
  • Schools and districts can now be easily compared to the state as a whole
  • Academic performance data for 11th grade students is now included
  • Easy-to-understand gauges replace pies as visual indicators of performance
  • Dashboard is fully accessible on mobile phones

Visit the California School Dashboard

More about the Dashboard
  • Overview
  • New for 2018
  • Indicators
  • Performance Levels
  • Resources

The California School Dashboard gives a snapshot of several indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English learner progress and suspension rates, while still looking at test scores. It replaces the Academic Performance Index (API), which relied on test scores to produce a single number that offered a limited view of school performance.

The Dashboard is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education in California that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. It is part of the state’s new school accountability system based on 2013’s Local Control Funding Formula. It supports the educational goals that all school districts set in their annually updated Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs).

The Dashboard also reflects California’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement. The new system places greater emphasis on changes in performance from year to year. This will highlight programs that are making positive change and allow schools and districts to learn from each other’s success. It will also make it easier to identify areas where schools need assistance to improve performance.

  • Two new metrics. Chronic Absenteeism Indicator (grades K-8) and College/Career Readiness Indicator (grades 9-12)
  • Grade 11 Test Scores.  
  • Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS). Continuation schools, community day schools, court schools 
  • 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.
State Indicators
  • Academic Performance
  • Chronic Absenteeism (new for 2018)
  • College/Career Readiness (new for 2018)
  • English Learner Progress
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • Suspension Rate
Local Indicators 
  • Basic Conditions
  • Implementation of State Academic Standards
  • Parent Involvement and Engagement
  • School Climate Surveys
  • Access to Courses

The visual appearance of Dashboard has been redesigned to make it easier to understand the results. An old system of pie charts has been replaced with gauges that show performance by pointing to one of five levels represented by the colors blue, green, yellow, orange and red.

Dashboard Indicators

The Dashboard does not provide detailed test results for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). That information will continue to be available at and individual student CAASPP score reports will continue to be mailed home annually.

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