The California School Dashboard is the state's main tool for school accountability. Does it work? Steve Rees, founder of School Wise Press, argues that flaws in the Dashboard's design can lead schools and districts to bad decisions.
Created by and for each school district (not for individual schools), the "local indicators" on the California School Dashboard aren't visually attractive, but they are hidden gems. They succinctly express important goals and the district's the plan to achieve them.
Ed100 Chapter 9 explores the meanings of success in education. How is success measured, for individuals and systems? How does the California school Dashboard work? Are kids making it to college, and can they afford it? Where do career goals fit in?
Graduating from high school is an important milestone, achieved in four years by nearly 85% of California's students. Students who do not graduate are at elevated risk of a hard life. Here's how California keeps track of patterns in graduation rates in the California School Dashboard.
When students misbehave or disrupt class, teachers and administrators need tools to respond. For generations, one disciplinary tool has been suspension: temporarily removing a misbehaving student from school. Suspensions are tracked in the California School Dashboard. Here's how it works.
When kids miss school it's a warning sign of bad outcomes down the road. The California School Dashboard includes an indicator that focuses on chronic absences. Here's how it works, and why using it might add money to your school's budget.
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