Dash­board up­date gives school dis­trict data in par­ent-friendly for­mat

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIN­CENT OSUNA Staff Writer

EL CEN­TRO — The Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion on Thurs­day launched the sec­ond it­er­a­tion of the Cal­i­for­nia School Dash­board, a web­site that gives par­ents, stu­dents and ed­u­ca­tors un­prece­dented ac­cess to valu­able school and dis­trict data.

The 2018 dash­board, which can be found at www.caschooldash­board.org, fea­tures easy-to-read re­ports on mul­ti­ple mea­sures of school suc­cess in both English and Span­ish.

The dash­board is now fully ac­ces­si­ble on smart phones and tablets, is eas­ier to nav­i­gate, and has im­proved graph­ics, a CDE news re­lease ex­plained.

The new dash­board also has the most cur­rent data avail­able, in­clud­ing 2018 test scores and grad­u­a­tion rates.

“One im­por­tant fea­ture of the dash­board is the fo­cus on ac­cess and eq­uity for all stu­dents”, said Dr. Todd Fin­nell, Im­pe­rial County Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools. “The dash­board is a pow­er­ful tool for dis­tricts, schools, and our com­mu­ni­ties as they plan their im­prove­ment ef­forts.”

This year, the dash­board in­cludes two new met­rics, chronic ab­sen­teeism, and col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness, for eval­u­at­ing school and dis­trict per­for­mance.

Chronic ab­sen­teeism is re­ported for the first time and mea­sures how many stu­dents were ab­sent for 10 per­cent or more of the to­tal in­struc­tional school year.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness in­di­ca­tor mea­sures how many stu­dents grad­u­ate from high school pre­pared for col­lege and/or a ca­reer.

Th­ese mea­sures, along with four other state mea­sures — high school grad­u­a­tion rate, aca­demic per­for­mance, sus­pen­sion rate and English learner progress, are shown on the web­site us­ing a new, user-friendly in­ter­face that makes com­plex data eas­ier to un­der­stand.

Schools and dis­tricts re­ceive one of five color-coded per­for­mance lev­els, with red be­ing the low­est and blue the high­est, on each of the six met­rics.

For ex­am­ple, ac­cord­ing to the dash­board, Calex­ico High School re­ceived yel­low for its grad­u­a­tion rate, orange for its sus­pen­sion rate and green for its col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness.

Cen­tral Union High School re­ceived green in both its sus­pen­sion and grad­u­a­tion rates, and yel­low in its col­lege and ca­reer rate. Braw­ley Union High School re­ceived green for its sus­pen­sion rate and col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness, and blue for its grad­u­a­tion rate.

An­other change this year is that all al­ter­na­tive schools and county of­fices of ed­u­ca­tion are re­ceiv­ing a dash­board re­port for the first time.

“The dash­board helps schools iden­tify strengths and weak­nesses in many dif­fer­ent ar­eas that mea­sure suc­cess,” State Su­per­in­ten­dent Tom Tor­lak­son said. “I urge ed­u­ca­tors, par­ents and com­mu­ni­ties to turn this data into pos­i­tive ac­tion by us­ing it to tar­get re­sources where im­prove­ment is needed and to share prac­tices where suc­cess is demon­strated.”

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