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State Accountability

California Accountability Model & School Dashboard

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


This 4-minute video provides an overview of California's multiple measures accountability system. It describes the measures in the Dashboard report and how statewide data are used to determine the performance colors.

California School Dashboard Report

The California School Dashboard is a powerful online tool to help districts and schools identify strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint student groups that may be struggling. It reports performance and progress on the following indicators:

State Indicators

Performance for state indicators is calculated based on the combination of current performance (Status) and improvement over time (Change), resulting in five color-coded performance levels for each indicator. From highest to lowest the performance levels are: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red.

The five color-coded performance levels are calculated using percentiles to create a five-by-five colored table (giving 25 results) that combine Status and Change.

This section provides the five-by-five colored table for each of the state indicators:

Local Indicators

The State Board of Education (SBE) approved standards for the local indicators that support local educational agencies (LEAs) in measuring and reporting their progress within the appropriate priority area. For each local indicator, the approved standard includes:

  1. Measuring LEA progress on the local indicator based on locally available information, and
  2. Reporting the results to the LEA's local governing board at a regularly scheduled meeting of the local governing board and to stakeholders and the public through the Dashboard.

For each applicable local indicator, LEAs assign one of three performance levels:

  • Met
  • Not Met
  • Not Met for Two or More Years

LEAs make the determination for each applicable local indicator by using self-reflection tools to measure and report their progress through the Dashboard. The collection and reflection on locally available information relevant to progress on local priority areas will support LEAs in local planning and improvement efforts.

California Model Five-by-Five Grid Placement Reports

California's new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results using five colors. They graphically display which schools or student groups are: a) performing well, or b) in need of additional support. These provide an 'at a glance' display on how a district or school is performing on the following state indicators:

Click on the following indicators:

To search by district/school:

College/Career Indicator Reports and Data  

The College/Career Indicator uses multiple measures to provide a performance level based on the number of students who are likely prepared for success after high school. This report displays the number of students that met each of the CCI measures in the Prepared and Approaching Prepared Levels. 

Parent Resources

This Parent Web page provides several resources to help parents understand the new accountability system and access the Dashboard. 

School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

State law requires all public schools to create a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about your child's school, which includes:

  • School Description and Mission
  • School Programs and Instructional Materials
  • Opportunities for Parent Involvement
  • Test Results
  • Safety Plan
  • Facilities

We invite you to view the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for your child's school by visiting the following link:

http://www.lbschools.net/Schools/sarcs.cfm