California School Dashboard Guide

Thank you to everyone who registered for GO’s Guide to the California School Dashboard virtual event. For those who were unable to attend, we’re pleased to share a recording of Part 1 of the webinar. Part 1 provided an overview of the California School Dashboard, exploring the multiple, holistic measures and how to interpret them, highlighting overall trends, and addressing evident equity gaps. 

In Part 2, we split into four groups corresponding to the four guides we released. These guides examine statewide trends and the trends in our current local regions of Fresno, Oakland, and West Contra Costa. We showcased schools and districts that showed particular success or growth on their dashboard results last year. The sessions in Part 2 involved lively discussion and interactive Q&A. While we did not record those sections, in order to foster meaningful engagement, we encourage you to access the local guides, and reach out with questions or ideas.

Wondering what to do next with what you’ve learned about the Dashboard? Here are some recommendations from our guide:

  1. Explore your school’s data, in our local-schools chart at the end of the guide, or on the dashboard itself (
  2. Identify schools that are showing outpaced growth and learn from their practices. Schools and districts identified in our “spotlights” are a great place to start.
  3. Dive into this data in school and district committees. Bring this report or dashboard data to your next SSC, ELAC, or other advisory committee meetings.
  4. Use the Dashboard data to monitor progress and drive decision making.  Identify programs and interventions that are showing progress and which have not shown improvement in results, to identify what to continue, grow, or discontinue.
  5. Hold systems accountable to using this data. Urge school and district leaders to set publicly shared, bold annual goals and to regularly share progress on meeting these.

If you’d like to explore this data further, or if you’d like to bring a version of our data talk to your site, committee, or organization, please reach out to Molly Moloney, Director of Policy and Data, (!

Thank you for your continued engagement and support in improving education outcomes for all students in California.

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