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    California Department of Education releases new way to display school data. Called the California Dashboard, the new website will help you see how Pittsburg Unified School District's schools are performing. Instead of schools receiving a number rating for performance (Academic Performance Index or API), the Dashboard gives a comprehensive view of particular focus areas.

    Dashboard Focus Areas:

    • Graduation rates
    • English language learners progress
    • Reducing Suspension rates
    • Progress for 3-8 grades on assessment in English
    • Progress for 3-8 grades on the state assessment in Math

    View Dashboard:

    Go to the California Dashboard and type "Pittsburg" in the box, to explore our schools. You can also enter a school name to drill down into a particular school's data. You are able to see data for the entire district, our schools, and our various student groups. You are not able to see any data from individual students.

    How to Understand Dashboard:

    Please use the reference guide, below information, and videos from Alameda County Office of Education and the California Department of Education to give you guidance on how to understand the new Dashboard. Keep in mind, the Dashboard is in beta phase and will be completed for the 2017/2018 School Year. 

    PUSD's Dashboard Highlights:

    • We have made positive progress in almost all areas. In our grades 3-8 English and Math on the State Assessment we have had a little growth or maintained.
    • We have made the most significant growth in our graduation rates for all of our students! We continue to be above the State for our graduation rates and above the County and State for our graduation rates for our main student groups!
    • We have decreased our suspensions significantly.
    • We continue to show positive progress for our students who are English language learners in becoming proficient in English.

What Is the Dashboard Based On?

  • State and Local Indicators:

    The California School Dashboard displays scores based on state and local indicators. These indicators are specifically aligned with 10 priority areas spelled out in the state’s funding formula. The same priority areas are also embedded in the local control accountability plans (LCAP) that Pittsburg Unified School District prepares each year.

    The state indicators are:

    • Chronic absenteeism
    • Suspension rate
    • English learner progress
    • Academic (English language arts and math)
    • Graduation rate
    • College and career

    State indicator results are based on how schools or subgroups performed overall (known as their “status”), as well as how much they improved or declined over a three-year period (referred to as “change”).

    The local indicators are:

    • Appropriately assigned teachers, access to curriculum-aligned instructional materials and safe, clean and functional school facilities
    • Implementation of academic standards
    • Parent engagement
    • School climate

Reading the California School Dashboard: Colored Pies and Five-by-Five Grid

  • Color coded pie scale for California Dashboard

    Color-Coded Pies:

    Color-coded pies represent performance levels. Ranked from least favorable (Red) to most favorable (Blue). Learn more about how each color is assigned by visiting the California Accountability Model & School Dashboard webpage. The main idea is that the colors are gauges of how well the school or subgroup performed overall (status) and how much it improved or worsened over a three-year period (change).

    Five-by-Five Colored Tables:

    Another way to view performance levels is to look at the Five-by-Five colored tables on the California Dashboard. Five Status and Change levels create a five-by-five grid that showcases twenty-five results. The calculations are based on current performance (Status) and improvement over time (Change). The result is a five-color-coded performance level for each indicator. Visit the California Department of Education website for additional information. The below example is how Suspension would be showcased in a five-by-five grid for an elementary school.

    Five by Five Example Chart of California Dashboard, showing suspensions