Dashboard Update

Cambrian School District, December 16, 2022

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Dear Cambrian Families,

We wanted to send you this important information regarding the California School Dashboard.

What is the California School Dashboard?

The California School Dashboard (Dashboard) is an online tool designed to help communities across the state access important information about kindergarten through grade twelve schools and districts. The Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success.

The Dashboard is just one step in a series of changes in the past decade that have raised the bar for student learning, increased the focus on equity, and expanded the review of performance data to a specific set of state and local indicators. For more information, please visit the Dashboard website at https://www.caschooldashboard.org/.

The California School Dashboard currently includes data in priority areas that the State has identified as predictors of student success. These areas, called measures, are based on state and local data. State-generated data is transmitted through five color-coded performance levels for each measure and student group. Schools and districts can create additional measures that reflect local data in areas most meaningful to the community. The Dashboard organizes this information in multiple ways to allow comparisons of current and past performance as well as comparisons of performance among student groups.

Measures on the California School Dashboard

State Measures

Six state measures allow for comparisons across schools and districts.

  • Academic Performance

  • Chronic Absenteeism

  • College/Career Readiness*

  • English Learner Progress

  • High School Graduation Rate

  • Suspension Rate

Results are presented for all districts, schools, and defined student groups (e.g., racial/ethnic groups, low-income, English learners, homeless, foster youth, and students with disabilities).

*Note: The College/Career Readiness measure is not reported on the 2022 Dashboard. Reporting of this measure will resume in 2023.

Local Measures

Five local measures are based on information collected by districts, county offices of education, and charter schools.

  • Basic Conditions

    • Teacher assignments, safe and clean buildings, instructional materials for all students

  • Implementation of Academic Standards

  • School Climate Surveys

    • Student safety, connection to the school

  • Parent Involvement and Family Engagement

  • Access to Courses

Districts receive one of two ratings for each of the local measures:

  • Met

  • Not Met

School and student group information is not available for local measures.

For more information, please visit the California Department of Education California School Dashboard and System of Support web page at


Getting to Know the Measures

Academic Performance

Academic Performance contains two measures: English language arts/ literacy and mathematics. These measures show how well students are meeting grade-level standards. They are based on student performance on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and the California Alternate Assessments, which are taken each spring by students in grades three through eight and grade eleven.

Chronic Absenteeism

The Chronic Absenteeism measure shows how many students were absent for 10 percent or more of the instructional days they were enrolled to attend. For example, if a student was enrolled to attend 180 instructional days and is absent 18 or more of those days, the student would be considered chronically absent. Students who are chronically absent miss out on important classroom instruction. Capturing this information in the Dashboard allows parents and educators to see if chronic absenteeism is a problem at a school or across a district.

English Learner Progress Indicator

Proficiency in the English language is a first step for students to do well in other subject areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The English Learner Progress measure looks at the progress that English learner students are making toward achieving English proficiency. Each spring, English learner students take the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, or ELPAC, which measures how well they know and understand English. Results from the ELPAC are used to calculate the English Learner Progress measure.

Graduation Rate

Regardless of whether students go on to college, a high school diploma is the minimum requirement for most entry-level jobs in today’s economy. It represents mastery of foundational skills in mathematics, reading, writing, and the completion of a course of study. The Graduation Rate measure shows the number of students who received a diploma at the end of grade twelve.

Suspension Rate

The Suspension Rate measure shows the percentage of students who were suspended for at least one full day during the school year. Students who are suspended from school miss out on important classroom instruction. Capturing this information in the Dashboard allows parents and educators to see if there is a suspension problem at a school or across a district and whether certain student groups are suspended more than others.

Note: A student is counted as suspended in the suspension rate only once regardless of multiple suspensions or multiple days of suspension