New California School Accountability System Implemented
Castro Valley Unified School District
4400 Alma Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546
New California School Accountability System Implemented In Castro Valley Unified School District
Castro Valley, CA – (March 15, 2017) – California’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students to ensure that they graduate ready for college, careers, and life. Rather than using a single numeric system of rating schools and districts as was the practice in the past with the Academic Performance Index (API), California Department of Education has developed a new system for evaluating schools and districts that includes multiple measures of student success. The new California School Dashboard (www.caschooldashboard.org) includes graphic representations of Literacy and Math test scores, high school graduation rates, English learner progress rates, and suspension rates for all students and for student subgroups. The Dashboard will soon also include additional rates for students’ college and career readiness and attendance.
“Equity is at the heart of the new accountability system,” said Parvin Ahmadi, Superintendent of Castro Valley Unified School District. “The Dashboard puts student group progress on key measurements tied to career and college readiness front and center.” The additional information in the California School Dashboard can help ensure that schools keep their promise to the community to improve learning for all students by revealing where disparities exist among student groups and puts all the information in one location. Highlighting where one or more student group is struggling will help parents, educators, and community members pinpoint specific areas in need of growth.
The Dashboard supports California’s landmark Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which gives districts and schools more flexibility in using state resources. Districts and schools have access to the information they need to make the best local decisions about the education of children.
“Castro Valley Unified School District is extremely proud of the positive results shown on the new California School Dashboard for the district as a whole and for each of our individual school sites”, said Mary Boyle, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. “The color-coded performance indicators show that in the areas of mathematics and literacy, our shifts to the New California Standards (formerly called Common Core) and the professional development provided to our staff have resulted in high levels of learning on the parts of our students,” Boyle added. “Our English Learners and other students of promise are showing significant gains in their learning. Our graduation rates are extremely high and our suspension rates have fallen significantly, although the data the State is reporting is old – from 2014-2015 before the programs such as PBIS – Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports – were implemented.”
Parents are encouraged to look at the information provided for Castro Valley Unified on the California School Dashboard website. “The new format of rating a variety of areas with color-coded pie charts may take some getting used to, but it ensures greater transparency of the positive work that is happening in our schools, and sunshines the areas where more focus is needed,” said Superintendent Ahmadi.
If families have questions, they are encouraged to speak with their child’s school principal or contact Mary Boyle, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at the District Office.