California School Dashboard

In March of 2017, California launched the California School Dashboard, a new website designed to help communities across the state access accountability information about K-12 districts and schools.

The Dashboard is part of the state’s new accountability system, based on the Local Control Funding Formula. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that has created more rigorous academic standards for students, changed how students are assessed, and placed the focus on equity for all students.

The Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English-learner progress, and suspension rates.

The Dashboard uses color-coded pie pieces to measure how well schools and students are doing (status) and whether or not the status is moving in the right direction (growth). Both status and growth are used to determine performance levels.

The five performance levels are: blue (highest), green, yellow, orange, and red (lowest). Performance levels are also indicated by the number of pieces in the pie symbol. A pie with five-out-of-five pieces shaded in corresponds to a blue (highest) performance level. A performance level of red is also indicated as a pie with only one shaded-in piece.

The California School Dashboard can be at:

There are many resources available to help parents, educators, and the community better understand the California School Dashboard.

More information from the CDE can be found at California Accountability Model & School Dashboard.

The 2022 Dashboard

The 2021-22 school year was the first year of a full return to the classroom at schools across California. This included the resumption of the collection of information and student outcomes reported in the online tool known as the California School Dashboard

The Dashboard displays the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local indicators to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement. It goes beyond test scores and measures six areas: academic performance, chronic absenteeism, college/career readiness, English learner progress, graduation rates, and suspension rates.

California relaunched the Dashboard in December 2022, following a pause due to the waiving of many state and federal accountability requirements. The 2022 Dashboard establishes a new baseline with the first reporting of this data since before the pandemic (2019). Data from future years will be used to measure the growth of student outcomes. This will be an important indicator of how schools are growing and improving. 

Learn more from the California Department of Education online at the California School Dashboard and System of Support website.

Dashboard 101 and What's New


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Getting to Know the 2022 California School Dashboard

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Getting to Know the 2022 State Measures

Resources for parents:

Video explaining the Dashboard from the Association of California School Administrators

Resources for schools:

California School Dashboard and System of Support