- California aims to prepare students to thrive in a highly connected world. To realize this aspiration, the state adopted college-ready standards and high-quality, aligned assessments, and set rigorous academic goals.
- California identified a meaningful set of accountability indicators that will measure student performance across many different dimensions. Importantly, including suspension rates in its accountability system will send a message to schools and districts to pay attention to disparities in student disciplinary actions.
- The state should also be praised for its dual focus on current performance and change over time. This reflects a desire for all schools to improve, and provides all schools a path to demonstrate success.
- Overall, California’s plan could be strengthened by providing additional detail throughout the plan.
- The state’s dashboard accountability system is complicated and incomplete and the state’s system depends on a color-coded, 25-square performance grid for each indicator that will create a number of arbitrary cut points between performance levels.
- The state has not fully articulated a method for how it will use the dashboard to identify schools in need of additional support, how the state would identify schools with low-performing subgroups, or what the state would do about that low performance.
- While it is positive that California attempts to include both current performance and growth in its accountability system, the state lacks a method of measuring individual student growth over time.
- As the state indicates it intends to do in the near future, California should move to adopt an individual student growth measure into its accountability framework to encourage schools to improve both student proficiency and growth.