New California Dashboard Helps Parents Monitor School Performance

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California has launched a new website to help families access important information about districts and schools. Called the California School Dashboard, this website includes easy-to-read reports on measures of school success, much like a report card. The Dashboard replaces the Academic Performance Index or API which was based primarily on test scores and used a single number to rank schools.

Click here to learn more about what’s included in this new school report card. A basic explainer of the Dashboard is also available in English and in Spanish.

This new Dashboard contains indicators, or ratings, that illustrate with color how our students are doing on multiple measures. While the old system focused only on academics, the new Dashboard also provides ratings on the progress of English learners, chronic absenteeism, suspension rate and more. There are also ratings for parent engagement, school climate and basic services at the district level.

The Dashboard Equity Report shows – at a glance – how different groups of students are performing on the measures. Areas of need will be addressed in the Local Control and Accountability Plan as the district implements programs and resources to support struggling student groups.

SCUSD is committed to helping parents and community members understand the new Dashboard. What is being measured? What do the colors mean? How will our district use this new tool?

Mark your calendar for our Dashboard Workshops on January 29, 2018. We are offering them at two different times at the Serna Center:

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Both workshops will include child care, translation, light refreshments and will provide laptop computers to enable participants to experience the Dashboard with help from staff. We will also use this opportunity to ask for your feedback on the tool and will share that with the California Department of Education.

For more information, contact Cathy Morrison (916) 643-9222, or email

Dashboard Explainer EnglishSpanish