A new way to measure student success

March 15, 2017

San José Unified performs well above statewide norms in new reports released this week by the California Department of Education as part of their online dashboard, a tool designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools.

Instead of relying exclusively on test scores, this new system provides a snapshot of how schools and districts perform in a variety of state and local indicators. The dashboard supports California’s groundbreaking Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which gives districts and schools more flexibility in using state resources.

Performance for state indicators is calculated based on the combination of current performance (status) and improvement over time (change), resulting in five color-coded performance levels for each indicator (from highest to lowest): Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red.

San José Unified receives a Green (high) rating in 4 of the 5 state indicators on the current dashboard — English language arts, mathematics, graduation rate, and suspension rate — and Yellow (medium) in English learner progress —which is ahead of many comparable districts for this indicator.

“While we recognize there is work to do, this first year of reporting validates the investments we’ve made in our students and staff since the launch of the LCFF,” said Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. “Our district has led the way in using data-driven analysis to inform our decision-making, and we’re excited to use these new state reports to guide our next steps in aligning resources to best serve our needs.

The CDE has launched a public portal for accessing the dashboard results. We encourage you to have a look and see how we stack up.