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An Introduction to the California Schools Dashboard

In March 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) released the “California School Dashboard,” a website that communicates information about public schools and school districts with easy-to-use indicators and graphics.

The dashboard, a key piece in California’s new school accountability system, replaces the Academic Performance Index (API). That system, which relied exclusively on standardized tests and gave each school just one numerical score, was suspended three years ago. The new system provides 11 different measures (six state and five local) of a school’s “performance,” which is a combination of its current status and its change over time.


State Indicators Local Indicators
Academic Achievement Basic Conditions
Career/College Readiness Parent Engagement
Graduation Rate Implementation of Academic Standards
Suspension Rate School Climate
Chronic Absenteeism Access to Broad Course of Study
English Learner Progress  


State indicators are collected and published by the state. Local indicators are collected and reported by local school districts.

Summar of AUSD results

It's best to go directly to the California Department of Education Dashboard website to find results for individual schools. (See our directions above on how to navigate the website).

The Dashboard also allows users to look at the district's performance as a whole for each of the state indicators, however. The reports also allow users to drill down to get more detailed information on the performance of specific subgroups, such as English Learners, Students with Disabilities, and various ethnicities.

AUSD Fall 2018 Results

The 5x5 Reports created by the CDE allow you to see the status of each AUSD school on the state indicators, as well as the school's change over time. 

graduation rate 5 x 5 example


AUSD Dashboard information

How to Find your School's Dashboard

1. Go to the CDE School Dashboard Page.

2. Type "Alameda" in the search bar. 

3. Follow our easy-to-read instructions here to learn how to navigate the new dashboard!