Monthly News Article for December 2018


Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools • (530) 623-2861


What is the California School Dashboard?

The California School Dashboard provides parents and educators with meaningful information on school and district progress so they can participate in decisions to improve student learning.  This year, the Dashboard was released to the public on December 6, 2018 and can be found at  The Dashboard is the new state accountability system that meets the requirements of the newer Federal system called “Every Student Succeeds Act”, or ESSA. There is no more “No Child Left Behind”, or NCLB.


As part of the state’s education plan, the California Department of Education holds all schools accountable for the following:

Academic performance is determined through a test taken annually by students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 in both English Language Arts and Mathematics, and by college and career indicators.

Academic Engagement shows how well schools are engaging students in their learning and measures chronic absenteeism, and graduation rate.

Conditions and Climate shows how well schools are providing a healthy, safe and welcoming environment by measuring suspension rates.

Each area is measured in two ways:  Status and Change.  “Status” indicates the most recent year’s data, while “Change” indicates how a school district has either increased or decreased from the previous year.  Both measures are used to classify each area of accountability with a color.  The colors, in order of low to high, are red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.  All schools are directed by the California Department of Education to attain green in each category within the next six years.

Each of the above areas hold school districts accountable for measuring all students as well as each “significant subgroup” within a school district.  A student group becomes a significant subgroup if the total number of students in a category is 30 or more.  The following subgroups are measured on the Dashboard:  Asian, American Indian, African American, English Learners, Foster Youth, Hispanic, Homeless, Two or More Races, Pacific Islander, students with disabilities, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and White.  There may be more subgroups identified based on an individual school district’s student population.

The Dashboard was revamped this year based on the public’s feedback of the previous year’s template.  It has been changed for accessibility and ease of understanding to allow as much transparency as possible between school districts and their individual stakeholders.

For more information, please contact Tim Nordstrom, Educational Services Director, Trinity County Office of Education at tnordstrom [AT] tcoek12 [DOT] org

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