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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Revamped California Dashboard Released

Revamped California Dashboard Released

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018

Contact: Jessica Hull / Communications and Public Relations Officer 831.784.4245 (o), 209.679.4858 (c)

Revamped California Dashboard Provides User-Friendly Platform for Examining School Performance 

Salinas, CA – Today, the California Department of Education and the State Board of Education released the results of the newly revamped California School Dashboard. The California Dashboard is the website that shows the current status and progress of districts, schools and student groups on a scale of five colors. The Dashboard provides specific information on important factors of school performance which are: Academic Indicators (reported separately for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics scores), English Learner Progress, Chronic Absenteeism, Graduation Rate, Suspension Rate, and College/Career Readiness. This year’s Dashboard is now reporting the high school graduation indicator utilizing the new methodology, including the new Chronic Absenteeism indicator for the first time, and adding assessment criteria to the College/Career Readiness indicator. Also new this year, a Spanish translation of the Dashboard is being developed and will be forthcoming.

High School Graduation Rates

California announced its high school graduation rates in July under a new methodology. As part of this new methodology, three significant changes were implemented for calculating 2017 high school graduation rates: (1) Students who receive an adult education high school diploma are no longer considered regular high school graduates, and (2) students who pass the California High School Proficiency Exam are no longer considered as regular high school graduates, and (3) students who receive an adult education diploma will no longer be counted as a traditional high school graduates since they do not meet the definition for receiving a “regular high school diploma.” The 2018 dashboard reports graduation rate using this new methodology.

Chronic Absenteeism

This year’s Dashboard includes a Chronic Absenteeism indicator. Chronic Absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more of school each year, whether the absences are excused or not.

College/Career Readiness

College/Career Readiness includes: Grade 11 Smarter Balanced Assessment results, A-G completion, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement exams, Career Technical Educational Pathway completion, College Credit Courses, State Seal of Biliteracy (proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in at least one foreign language, according to a set of existing criteria set by the state) and students who complete military leadership science such as the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

The Dashboard has two main purposes: At the local level, the Dashboard helps communities identify strengths and challenges in order to align resources to improve student learning. On the state level, the indicators determine which districts are eligible for tailored assistance, called Differentiated Assistance, through the State System of Support, a connected network of agencies throughout California.

California System of Support

The new California System of Support includes three levels of assistance to districts: Level 1 is support for all districts. The support includes workshops for teachers, classroom coaches and sharing of “best practices” proven to help accelerate student learning. Level 2 is support to districts and schools struggling to lift up the performance of one or more student groups. Together with MCOE, these districts will examine the factors behind low performance and develop strategies for improving classroom learning. Level 3 is state intervention for districts that fail to improve student group performance in three out of four years.

Colors are used to indicate the level of performance of schools from high performing (blue) to low performing (red). School districts with student groups who are performing in the “red” for two or more indicators become eligible for Level 2 supports from the county office of education.

Eight school districts in Monterey County are eligible to receive Level 2 “Differentiated Assistance” from MCOE. Differentiated Assistance calls on Monterey County Office of Education staff to work closely with districts to assess their strengths and needs and develop recommendations, including resource allocation and strategic planning. MCOE’s Alternative Education Department is also eligible to receive additional resources and supports for students who are expelled or incarcerated.

In Monterey County, the following school districts (listed in alphabetical order) are eligible for differentiated assistance supports based upon the following criteria related to Local Control Funding Formula priorities (year 1 or year 2 of differentiated assistance):

Gonzales Unified School District (in Year 1)

  • Pupil Achievement for Students with Disabilities, English Learners and Homeless students
  • Pupil Engagement for Homeless students
  • School Climate for Students with Disabilities
  • Access to Outcomes in a Broad Course of Study for English Learners

Greenfield Union Elementary School District (in Year 2)

  • Pupil Engagement for White students
  • School Climate for White students

Monterey County Office of Education Alternative Education Department (in Year 1)

  • Pupil Engagement for English Learners, Homeless students and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students
  • School Climate for Homeless students
  • Access to Outcomes in a Broad Course of Study for English Learners, Homeless students and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (in Year 1)

  • Pupil Achievement for Students with Disabilities
  • Pupil Engagement for Students with Disabilities
  • Access to Outcomes in a Broad Course of Study for Students with Disabilities

Salinas City Elementary School District (in Year 2)

  • Pupil Achievement for Foster students
  • Pupil Engagement for African American students
  • School Climate for African American students and Foster students

Salinas Union High School District (in Year 2)

  • Pupil Achievement for Students with Disabilities, English Learners and Homeless students
  • Pupil Engagement for Homeless students
  • Access to Outcomes in a Broad Course of Study for Students with Disabilities and English Learners

San Antonio Union School District (in Year 1)

  • Pupil Achievement for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students
  • Pupil Engagement for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students, White students and Hispanic students
  • School Climate for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students, White students and Hispanic students

Soledad Unified School District (in Year 1)

  • Pupil Achievement for Students with Disabilities and Homeless students
  • Pupil Engagement for Homeless students
  • School Climate for Students with Disabilities

South Monterey County Joint Union High School District (in Year 2)

  • Pupil Achievement for Students with Disabilities, English Learners, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students and Hispanic students
  • School Climate for English Learners, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students and Hispanic students
  • Access to Outcomes in a Broad Course of Study for Students with Disabilities and English Learners

“As the Dashboard has developed over the last five years, valuable information is becoming increasingly available to zero-in on specific groups of students and areas that need to be improved, and at the same time, to build upon strengths within our school communities.”

Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

The new version of the Dashboard is available to the public beginning today at the CA School Dashboard website.

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