California’s New Accountability Model & School Dashboard

California’s new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how schools and districts are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population based on a concise set of measures.

The new accountability Dashboard replaces the former Academic Performance Index (API), which was based on testing results only, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The following video provides you with an overview of the California’s Accountability Model and System.

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Focus on Equity – Success for Every Student

Equity is at the heart of the new accountability system and equity indicators are up front and center on the Dashboard. The Dashboard is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. California’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students — no matter where they live — so they graduate ready for college, careers and life. In addition, the California School Dashboard aims to synthesize and make accessible a wealth of state and local data to help schools achieve better outcomes for California’s students.

Under the previous system, data about student group performance was limited to test scores only. The new system provides information on test scores, suspension data and English learner progress disaggregated by student group. Highlighting disparities among student groups will help parents, educators and community members pinpoint specific areas in need of targeted assistance.