What is the California School Dashboard?

The California School Dashboard (Dashboard) is an online tool designed to help communities across the state access important information about kindergarten through grade twelve schools and districts. The Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success.

The Dashboard is just one step in a series of changes in the past decade that have raised the bar for student learning, increased the focus on equity, and expanded the review of performance data to a specific set of state and local indicators. For more information, please visit the Dashboard website at .

The California School Dashboard currently includes data in priority areas that the State has identified as predictors of student success. These areas, called measures, are based on state and local data. State-generated data is transmitted through five color-coded performance levels for each measure and student group. Schools and districts can create additional measures that reflect local data in areas most meaningful to the community. The Dashboard organizes this information in multiple ways to allow comparisons of current and past performance as well as comparisons of performance among student groups.

Below is a short summary of the Dashboard's measures, how to read a report on the Dashboard, and how a district can be eligible for additional assistance. This information is also provided in a PDF (English, Spanish).

Measures on the California School Dashboard

State Measures

Six state measures allow for comparisons across schools and districts.

  • Academic Performance
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • College/Career Readiness
  • English Learner Progress
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • Suspension Rate

Results are presented for all districts, schools, and defined student groups (e.g., racial/ethnic groups, low income, English learners, homeless, foster youth, and students with disabilities).

Local Measures

Five local measures are based on information collected by districts, county offices of education, and charter schools.

  • Basic Conditions
    • Teacher assignments, safe and clean buildings, instructional materials for all students
  • Implementation of Academic Standards
  • School Climate Surveys
    • Student safety, connection to the school
  • Parent Involvement and Family Engagement
  • Access to Courses

Districts receive one of two ratings for each of the local measures:

  • Met
  • Not Met

School and student group information is not available for local measures.

For more information, please visit the California Department of Education California School Dashboard and System of Support web page at

Getting to Know the Measures

Informational materials that help explain the data reported on the 2023 California School Dashboard.

Joy Dardenelle

Executive Director, Systems for District Improvement

Email: jdardenelle@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5315