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March 14, 2017 > New California school Dashboard debuts this week

New California school Dashboard debuts this week

Submitted By Brian Kilgore, Fremont Unified School District

Starting March 15, the California Department of Education is field testing a new website designed to help families access important information about KÐ12 districts and schools. Called the California School Dashboard, the site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, and English-Learner progress and suspension rates.

The Dashboard is part of California's new school accountability system. It 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.

CaliforniaÕs future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate ready for college, careers and life. For schools to reach this goal, teachers, parents and the community need clear and useful measures of progress. As an accountability tool, the Dashboard will help the state identify schools and districts needing targeted assistance.

In the past, accountability systems relied solely on test scores. But one test taken on one particular day doesn't provide a complete picture of all the ways schools are helping students succeed. The Dashboard provides information on different aspects of student performance, which will give a more complete picture of a schoolÕs progress. The Dashboard also reports on growth to show a schoolÕs trajectory over time.

The Dashboard is deliberately designed to be a work in progress: metrics and reports will be added over time. During the field testing phase, the state will be gathering feedback to make additional modifications.

While schools are making progress in many key areas there is always more work to do. The Dashboard is part of an ongoing conversation with the community on both how schools are doing and what they can do better. Meeting goals will take a united effort, and Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) looks forward to working with families to ensure success for every student.

An instructional video about the new Dashboard can be found on the Assessment & Accountability Department page of the FUSD website at www.fremont.k12.ca.us.

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