January 2, 2018 > California School Dashboard - Alameda County results
California School Dashboard - Alameda County results
Submitted By L. Autumn King
The California Department of Education recently released the results of the California School Dashboard. Using these findings, districts across the state have a comprehensive view of how their schools are performing based on very specific indicators.
ÒThe Dashboard, as an accountability system,Ó says Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, L. Karen Monroe, Òhelps to ensure that we are tracking the performance of our students on the state assessment, and, that students most in need of help do not go unseen. The recent results provide reason to celebrate the many successes of our teachers and administrators, while calling attention to the important work still outstanding for specific student groups, allowing us to concentrate efforts and resources to best meet their needs.Ó
Recent data results for Alameda County school districts demonstrate many strengths across the board. All districts in the county are in the top three performance levels in graduation rates, with more students graduating from high school than ever before; moreover, all districts continue to make progress for students in reaching language proficiency, landing in the top three performance levels of the English Learner Progress Indicator.
However, all Alameda County districts continue to show the need for improvement on most indicators for historically underserved student groups, particularly students with disabilities and homeless students. With the introduction of data for homeless students and foster youth, it is apparent that these additional student groups show significant gaps in outcomes.
Based on the latest Dashboard results, some districts in Alameda County have been identified to receive Differentiated Assistance. Differentiated Assistance calls on specialized teams of Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) staff to work closely with districts to assess their strengths and weaknesses and develop recommendations, including resource allocation and strategic planning.
Superintendent Monroe adds, ÒUsing the Dashboard results as a roadmap, our team here at ACOE will work in partnership with our districts to ensure success for every student in our county.Ó
A leader in equity-focused data tools, ACOE has created a video and a series of infographics to explain the new California School Dashboard. ACOE, in partnership with the Alameda County School Boards Association, recently presented these tools at the California School Board Association Conference. At the California Educational Research Association Conference, ACOE staff presented on best practices of how to access and utilize resources to improve outcomes for students. For more Dashboard related resources visit acoe.org/dashboard.