2 California school n ews November 2017 accountability Get ready for the new California School Dashboard release The California Dashboard What Boards Need to Know for 2017-18 by Mary school n ews California Dashboard What Board s Need to Know for 2017–18 Briggs The Calif ornia Governa nce Brief November 2017 Introduction California has its educatio been working for several years n account current standar ability system to redesign to reflect ds, assessm finance, the state’s ents, and and to align approach Succeeds it with the to What ’s Act (ESSA) federal Every school in this Brief? requirem the Local Student ents. 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The State Board (see below). of version of Before 2014, plan in Septem ard in 2016 and the Californ rated the submitted ia ber 2017. state’s schools the Academic the state’s ber that and districts Performance Index ESSA focused This brief using a primarily is intende graduation single num-on standar d to provide governin rates. g board membe guidance current Dashbo Rather than reportin dized test scores and assistanc version of and rs when ard commun g a single e to the working district, and number, with for improve Dashboard. CSBA school perform icates information the will continu the current ments to priorities about county, ance on outlined the Dashbo tiveness e to the state’s in the LCFF: as a commu ard to increase advocate educatio nication supports nal 1. Basic its effec-and account local services ability tool communities educational agencie that s (LEAs), and advance 2. Implem achievem informs local s efforts entation ent, to improve of state standar ment gaps. including closing student opportunity 3. Parenta ds and achieve l involvem ent -4. Pupil What is the achievem California ent (includin Dashboard? developm g the English School ent progres s of English language 5. Pupil learners) The Californ engagem ia School ent site that Dashboard displays 6. School is an interact LEA and measure climate school ive web-s aligned with Californ performance on 7. Access several ia’s educatio to a broad nal prioritie course of s study 8. Pupil outcomes within a broad course of study The California Department of Education is set to release an updated version of the California School Dashboard in early December. This will be the first version that will include all eight Local Control Funding Formula priority areas (10 for county offices of education). CSBA has released a new governance brief, “The California Dashboard: What Boards Need to Know for 2017–18,” that provides guidance and assistance to governing board members in their interpretation of the Dashboard data. CSBA will continue to advocate for improvements to the Dashboard to increase its effectiveness as a communication and accountability tool that supports local educational agencies, informs local communities and advances efforts to improve student achievement, including closing opportunity and achievement gaps. The California School Dashboard is a key component of the state’s new education accountability system, replacing the Academic Performance Index, which was suspended in 2015. While the API rated the state’s schools and districts using a single number that focused primarily on standardized test scores and graduation rates, the Dashboard aligns its accountability criteria to the educational priorities outlined in the LCFF: basic services, implementation of state standards, parental involvement, pupil achievement, pupil engage-ment, school climate, access to a broad course of study and pupil outcomes within a broad course of study. County offices of education are responsible for two additional priority areas: coordination of instruction for expelled students and coordination of services for foster youth. The CDE will populate the Dashboard with state indicators that measure progress on LCFF priorities using data that California collects. These include English Language Arts and Mathematics Smarter Balanced Assessment scores, English learner progress, graduation rates, chronic absenteeism rates, suspension rates, and college and career readiness. LEAs collect local indicator data on basic conditions at school, school climate, implementation of academic standards and parent engagement. Districts upload local indicator data directly. Local indicators must be posted by Dec. 1 — after being reported at a regularly scheduled board meeting. LEAs that have not uploaded their local indicator information by the deadline will automatically be classified as having not met those standards on their Dashboards. There is also an optional narrative section on the Dashboard that allows LEAs to explain rel-evant circumstances and local activities related to performance across any local and LCFF priorities. The additional summary can include results of self-assessments for local indicators. The Dashboard displays an LEA’s or school’s most recent reported performance on five indi-cators (student achievement, pupil engagement, school climate, access to a broad course of study and outcomes from a broad course of study) and tracks changes over time. The state refers to these as Status and Change indicators, respec-tively. Together (current performance coupled with performance growth or decline), they are used to calculate an overall performance level for several indicators. staff Senior Director of Communications: Troy Flint | email@example.com Managing Editor: Kimberly Sellery | firstname.lastname@example.org Marketing Director: Serina Pruitt | email@example.com Staff Writers and Contributors: Hugh Biggar | firstname.lastname@example.org Aaron Davis | email@example.com Corrie Jacobs | firstname.lastname@example.org Graphic Design Manager: Kerry Macklin | email@example.com Senior Graphic Designer: Carmen Rodriguez | firstname.lastname@example.org officers President: Susan Henry | Huntington Beach Union HSD President-elect: Mike Walsh | Butte COE Immediate Past President: Chris Ungar | San Luis Coastal USD CEO & Executive Director: Vernon M. Billy Communicating the Dashboard School and county boards play a central role in goal setting and allocating resources. Once LEAs have their data, governance teams should review local student performance and discuss strategies for making improvements. Governance teams also play a key role in explaining the Dashboard to their communi-ties. They should collaborate with central office staff to develop a communications strategy for sharing school and LEA results, including ongoing progress on the factors reflected in the Dashboard data. The CDE has released several resources to help LEAs understand, contribute to and use the Dashboard, such as a technical guide and a Dashboard webinar series (both can be found at www.cde.ca.gov). CSBA’s new governance brief shares further details about understanding the Status and Change Reports, 5x5 performance grids and the color-coding system, along with other key details. It also provides fundamental ques-tions that governance teams can ask to dig into the data and use that data to improve student achievement. Read the full brief at www.csba.org/CADashboardBrief. The California School Boards Association is the essential voice for public education. We inspire our members to be knowledgeable leaders, extraordinary governance practitioners and ardent advocates for all students. California School News (ISSN 1091-1715) is published 11 times per year by the California School Boards Association, Inc., 3251 Beacon Blvd., West Sacramento, CA 95691. 916-371-4691. $4 of CSBA annual member-ship dues is for the subscription to California School News. The subscription rate for each CSBA nonmember is $35. Periodicals postage paid at West Sacramento, CA and at additional mailing office. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to California School News, 3251 Beacon Blvd., West Sacramento, CA 95691. 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