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CA Department of Education Launches 2019 California School Dashboard
Posted 12/13/19

The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) today launched the 2019 California School Dashboard, a key component of the state’s school accountability system. The Dashboard includes the latest data available on 2018–19 graduation rates, suspension rates, test scores, English learner progress, college/career readiness, and chronic absenteeism.


“The California School Dashboard is a data-driven approach to provide the ‘whole picture’ of a school for educators and parents,” said State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. “The Dashboard empowers local communities to identify opportunities and resources to better serve their students, and provides parents and educators with meaningful information on school and district progress so they can participate in plans to improve student learning.”


The Dashboard is a key component of California’s five-year overhaul of the state’s school accountability system. It displays statewide data based on current year data (how each school or district performed) and prior year data (how much they have improved or declined from one year to the next). School and district performance levels are indicated by color, with red the lowest and blue the highest. The Dashboard also breaks down information by student group (low-income, English learner, foster youth, etc.) to help pinpoint and address achievement gaps.

Dashboard highlights for FUSD include:

  • FUSD maintained a status of Green for Chronic Absenteeism, Suspension Rate and Graduation Rate and Blue for College/Career and Academic Performance for English language arts (ELA) and math.
  • When looking at student groups, it is notable that no FUSD student groups fell into Red or Orange status for either ELA or math.
  • FUSD student groups showed improvement in many categories from 2018 to 2019:
    • Chronic Absenteeism
      • Pacific Islander – Red to Orange
      • English Learner, Foster Youth, Two or More Races – Orange to Yellow
    •  Suspension Rate
      • American Indian – Red to Green
      • Homeless – Orange to Yellow
    • Graduation Rate
      • African American – Orange to Yellow
      • White – Yellow to Green
      • Filipino – Green to Blue
    • College/Career
      • Students with Disabilities – Orange to Yellow
      • African American – Yellow to Green
    • ELA
      • Hispanic, Pacific Islander – Orange to Yellow
      • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged – Yellow to Green
    • Math
      • African American, Hispanic, Homeless, Pacific Islander – Orange to Yellow
      • White – Yellow to Green
      • Two or More Races – Green to Blue

Click here for a full summary of FUSD’s Dashboard.


The Dashboard shows that overall, California public schools are making progress on four out of six statewide indicators: The statewide graduation rate increased 2.2 percentage points from 83.7 percent to 85.9 percent. The suspension rate fell slightly from 3.5 percent to 3.4 percent. The college/career readiness rate grew 1.8 percent—44.1 percent of students are now deemed ready for college when they graduate from high school. Both math and ELA test scores are up: a 2.9 point increase in math and a 3.1 point increase in ELA. Because of steady progress, the number of school districts eligible for state assistance based on Dashboard indicators fell from 386 last year to 333. Thirty-two charter schools are also eligible for the first time for state support.


Achievement gaps are narrowing in several areas, although significant disparities remain. For example, African Americans showed the largest graduation rate gain among student groups with an increase of 6.2 percent for a total of 78.6 percent of students graduating. The graduation rate for foster youth increased by 4.2 percent for a total of 64.2 percent. By comparison, the graduation rate for white students increased 1.3 percent during that same time period for a total of 89.1 percent. Students with disabilities made the greatest gains in math (6.6-point improvement) and English language arts (7.6 points).


The Dashboard launch marks the first time the state has released the Dashboard and DataQuest reports on graduation rates, suspension rates and chronic absenteeism rates simultaneously, reinforcing California’s move to a multiple measures accountability system. DataQuest provides summary and detailed data reports for multiple subject areas at the school, district, county, and state levels and allows for filtering of various elements (charter vs. non-charter, grade spans, program subgroup, etc.)

Also new this year, the Dashboard has been translated into three more languages—Vietnamese, Tagalog and Mandarin—in addition to Spanish and English. For more information and resources, please visit the California Accountability Model & School Dashboard web page.