Sonoma County Office of Education

Data & Assessment

California School Dashboard

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Sonoma County parents and educators have a powerful online tool that allows them to see how a school or district is doing in areas ranging from test scores to parent engagement to the success of English Learners. This state accountability website provides transparency and school performance information that goes far beyond what was previously available. A range of data give a more complete picture of how schools are serving the county’s diverse student population.

Beyond Winners and Losers: Promoting Continuous Improvement

Student and TeacherThe California School Dashboard is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education in California. These shifts have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing, and placed the focus on equity for all students. It is part of the state’s new accountability system based on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). It supports the performance goals that all school districts set in their annually updated Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs). Rather than encouraging comparisons between districts, it is designed to promote deeper analysis and self-reflection within districts.

The new system encourages continuous improvement—the ongoing effort to do better and increase all students’ success. To that end, schools and districts are “graded” not only on their performance in a given year, but also on changes in their performance over the last two to three years.

Some schools or districts that have traditionally earned the highest marks on standardized tests may see their performance levels drop below the top tier if they are not showing continued progress or if one student demographic is falling behind. Likewise, other schools that have traditionally been in the lowest performance categories may score better in the new system if they are demonstrating student growth and progress.

“We are moving from an old system that called out “good” and “bad” schools to one that supports all schools in their efforts to continually improve,” Herrington said. “The dashboard will be a powerful tool for schools and districts in identifying their successful programs so they can put more resources toward them in the future. It will also help identify programs that aren’t working so well or student groups that need more support.”

Quick Guide to Reading the Dashboard

Performance Indicators

The dashboard offers a variety of reports for individual schools as well as districts. These reports give information about performance in different areas, or “indicators.”

Understanding Performance Levels

Performance in each area is represented by color-coded pie pieces (shown below). Blue is the highest level, while red is the lowest. The number of slices in the pie correspond to the color, so blue will always have five slices and red will always have one.

Dashboard Pies

What the levels mean

Levels are based on two things:

  1. A school or district’s performance in the most current year available (called STATUS)
  2. Change in performance over time (CHANGE)

Dashboard Reports

The dashboard provides four types of reports:
Equity Report - performance levels for all students
Status and Change Report - current performance and change over time
Detailed Reports - year-by-year data for the state and local indicators
Student Group Report - breaks down performance by demographic groups

Other Ways of Seeing Dashboard Info