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2019 CAASPP Scores Announced

California Department of Education News Release
California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-68October 9, 2019Contact: Scott RoarkE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the statewide results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) summative assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. School districts have had access to their own results since May.For CAASPP, performance continues to improve slightly overall within grades as measured by the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics assessments. Statewide results in all tested grades showed that 50.87 percent of students met or exceeded standards in ELA, a .99 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.87 percentage point increase from 2015. In mathematics, 39.73 percent of students met or exceeded standards, a 1.08 percentage point increase from 2018 and a 6.73 percentage point increase from 2015.Thurmond acknowledged the slight score increases but expressed deep concern that improvement is less consistent across the score range in the later grades of 7, 8, and 11, with a persistent percentage of students of color not meeting standards and, in several grades, showing declining scores from last year.“Disparities between students of color and their white and Asian peers continue from year to year and demonstrate the importance of our priority initiative of closing the achievement gap. Education equity should mean equity for all students and right now, we are not there,” said Thurmond. “All students should have an equal opportunity to succeed academically and enter the workforce prepared with the needed skills to compete in the industries that drive our state forward.”One plan to address disparities that Thurmond supports is working with data experts to interpret the declining scores and evaluate what is causing the results. Strategies can then be identified for how local educational agencies (LEAs) and educators can improve test scores. “The CDE can work with all educational stakeholders to identify strategies and then explore legislative efforts to support the needs of local districts and provide resources to improve test scores,” Thurmond said.Performance gaps have narrowed (based on tracking the same cohort over time and different cohorts over time) in ELA in most grades between Hispanic or Latino students and white students, Ever-English Learner students and English Only students, and Reclassified Fluent English Proficient students and English Only students.The CAASPP Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics results are the basis for the academic indicator, and the Summative ELPAC contributes to the English Learner Progress indicator of the California School Dashboard. Thurmond reinforced that test results are only one measurement out of many that the state uses to evaluate schools on the California School Dashboard, which allows educators and parents to identify strengths and weaknesses. Schools and districts that are struggling across Dashboard indicators are flagged for state assistance.This is the fifth year of the computer-based tests, which use California’s challenging academic standards and ask students to write clearly, think critically, and solve complex problems, as they will need to do in college and future careers. During this time period, less than one percent of students did not take part in...
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CALPADS Flash Update #140 - Aug 17, 2018

End-of-Year (EOY) Deadline ReminderLocal educational agencies (LEAs) are reminded that the close of the End-of-Year (EOY) submission amendment window is Friday, August 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. It is critical for LEAs to certify accurate data by this deadline, as there will be no other opportunities to amend these data.LEAs that fail to certify EOY 1 will not have college-credit bearing course information (dual enrollment) and Career Technical Education (CTE) completer data factored into the calculation of the College/Career Indicator, which will be included in the 2018 California School Dashboard, nor will LEAs that receive Perkins funding meet federal reporting requirements.Those LEAs that fai...
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DataQuest Update August 14, 2018

Dear DataQuest Users:This message is to notify you that there have been several data reports released recently to both DataQuest and the California Department of Education (CDE) Downloadable Files web page.The DataQuest Reports are available here: https://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/. The downloadable files are available here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sd/sd/.New DataQuest Reports and Downloadable Files1. The CDE has developed the following new DataQuest Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) and Outcome reports that incorporate the new business rule changes: Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (with County/District/School data) Four-Year...
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California Dashboard Video & Tech Guide

  ​Here's a video describing the California school dashboard, plus the technical guide.  Hat Tip Terri for sending me the updates! :)

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Data Submission Reminders for the 2018 California School Dashboard

 Below is the PDF file that was distributed today to Dashboard Coordinators.  
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Dashboard Coordinator Application Renewal for 18/19

Dear Dashboard Coordinators:The purpose of this e-mail is to remind you that the California Department of Education (CDE) will be requiring a new submission of the Dashboard Coordinator Application for the 2018­–19 school year in order to gain access as the coordinator for your local educational agency (LEA). Even if the coordinator information has not changed from the previous year, the application must be submitted and approved by the LEA superintendent or charter school administrator to receive the login credentials.The CDE will be resetting the 2017–18 Dashboard Coordinator data base at 5 p.m. on August 17, 2018. During this time, there will be no access to the Dashboard Coordinator Web ...
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Stakeholder Webinar on Dashboard Redesign.

"I hope the new dashboard is in 3-D!"

Dear Accountability Coordinators:Governor Brown's FY 2018-19 budget includes funding for improvements to the California School Dashboard (Dashboard). The California Department of Education and State Board of Education are gathering stakeholder feedback to help inform potential updates to the look and feel of the Dashboard.This meeting will take place on Monday, July 23rd, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., over WebEx. Please use the following connection information to sign in:Topic: Broad Stakeholder Webinar on Dashboard RedesignDate and Time: Monday, July 23, 2018 1:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)Event number: 668 426 813Event password: 155428Event registration/address for atte...
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2018 CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DASHBOARD WEBINAR

Dear Accountability Coordinators:2018 CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DASHBOARD WEBINAR This e-mail is to invite you to participate in a Webinar on May 30, 2018, at 10 a.m., to assist local educational agencies prepare for the 2018 California School Dashboard (Dashboard) release. The Webinar will provide information and respond to questions on the following topics:1.  Information on the proposed student-level growth model2.  New business rule on the exclusion of English learners enrolled in a U.S. school for less than one year from the calculation of the English language arts participation rate for the Academic Indicator3.  Upcoming timeline to submit data in the California L...
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Two new training sessions offered for DASHBOARD

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence is excited to offer a two-part training series that dives deeper into Dashboard data to help local education agencies (LEAs) make decisions that are research-based, equity focused, and informed by stakeholder engagement.The two-part training series will be livestreamed via a Zoom webinar. Below are the specific dates, topics, and registration details for each session.-------------------------------------------------------------Data and Evaluation Module/Part 1THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 10am—12pmBuild Your CA School Dashboard Data LiteracyDive deep into particular aspects of the Dashboard including status and change calculations for speci...
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Dashboard Aficionados! Join the LCFF Review Team!

Good afternoon!The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) is seeking qualified individuals to serve as leads and as members of LCFF Content Library Review Teams. If you are interested in serving on a review team, please complete the Application to Serve as Lead/Member of LCFF Content Library Review Team. The deadline to submit an application is September 1, 2017.As background, the CCEE, in partnership with many other stakeholders, is developing the LCFF Content Library, a free repository of files (e.g., slides, handouts, videos, and other physical or electronic content) on California's accountability and continuous improvement system. The CCEE supports and curates the Lib...
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CA Accountability Coordinators Update for May 24, 2017

(Editor's Note - From an email distributed today to all CA Accountablity Coordinators)Dear Accountability Coordinators: The purpose of this e-mail is to inform you of two important notifications announcing the opening of the 2016–17 End-of-Year (EOY) data submission to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). These notifications are attached and are also available online on the California Department of Education’s Web site at: 2016–17 Data Collections: Mid-Year Update (May 5, 2017 Letter to Superintendents and Charter Administrators): http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/data1617midyearupdate.asp CALPADS Update FLASH #127: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp...
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New Dashboard Features preview May 9th

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the availability of new features on the California School Dashboard (Dashboard) being field-tested this spring. These features include the reporting of local indicator data for local educational agencies (LEAs) that have submitted information through the self-reflection tools and the release of the Detailed Reports. To assist stakeholders, LEAs, and the public understand these new features, the CDE is hosting a Webinar on May 9, 2017, at 2 p.m. that will review these new features. The PowerPoint slides from the Webinar will be subsequently posted on the CDE California Accountability Model and School Dashboard Web page a...
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What are the LCFF and LCAP?

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)Big Changes in School FundingCalifornia's system for funding schools is getting its biggest overhaul since Prop 13, which significantly altered funding sources, passed in the 1970s. Beginning this school year, California Public Schools (including Charter Schools) will be funded through a new system that replaces the old "categorical" approach of the last several decades. The new system is known as the Local Control Funding Formula or LCFF for short.What is LCFF?The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) establishes a base grant for every student attending a public school in California. It then provides a supplemental grant for every student in a district who...
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