State Accountability

Similar to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires the use of multiple measures for school accountability. Since ESSA’s enactment in December 2015, the California State Board of Education has proceeded with the goal of developing an integrated local, state and federal accountability system. Consistent with this goal, the State Board of Education’s recent actions to approve the new accountability tool required by LCFF address some of the ESSA statutory requirements. Furthermore, the State Board of Education has directed the California Department of Education to develop a separate, but robust, accountability system for alternative schools, including schools under the jurisdiction of a county board of education, community day schools, and continuation schools.

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California School Dashboard

Per the LCFF statute, the California State Board of Education is required to develop an accountability tool, formerly known as the evaluation rubrics and now referred to as the California School Dashboard, that includes state and local performance standards for all eight state LCFF priorities. The primary purpose of the evaluation rubrics is to provide local education leaders and stakeholders with a way to assess their strengths, weaknesses, and areas that need particular attention for improvement for the local educational agency (LEA) and its schools. The Dashboard will also serve as a tool to assist in identifying LEAs in need of additional assistance or intervention based on low performance over multiple years across the LCFF priorities for one or more student groups.

This section will connect you to most recent changes in the development and implementation of the Dashboard.

The Dashboard includes a concise set of state and local indicators that reflect performance on the LCFF priorities that apply to both the LEA and the school level. This state-level data provided by LEAs through CALPADS will be made available in a pre-populated top-level data summary display that can be analyzed at the LEA and school levels for all students and for numerically significant student groups.

Resources on Communicating the Dashboard:

Resources on the System of Support and Differentiated Assistance:

Resources on the CA School Dashboard:

State Performance Indicators

  • Academic Indicator: Student test scores on English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3-8, including a measure of individual student growth, when feasible, and results of the Next Generation Science Standards assessment, when available. | LCFF Priority 4
  • College and Career Indicator: Combines grade 11 test score on ELA and mathematics and other measures of college and career readiness. | LCFF Priorities 4, 7 and 8
  • English Learner Indicator: Measures progress of English learners toward English language proficiency and incorporates data on reclassification rates. | LCFF Priority 4
  • High School Graduation Rate: Four-year cohort | LCFF Priority 5
  • Suspension Rates: Information by grade span | LCFF Priority 6
  • Chronic Absence Rates: Information will be available for the first time in fall 2017 | LCFF Priority 5
  • Reference Guides

Local Performance Indicators | Self-Reflection Tools

There are several LCFF priorities that are not addressed by the approved state performance indicators because data for these indicators is not collected at the state level. LEAs will therefore measure and report on their progress based on locally collected data. LEAs will be required to report the results to the LEAs local governing board at a regularly scheduled meeting of the local governing board and to stakeholders and the public through the evaluation rubrics using a Met, Not Met or Not Met for More than Two Years scale.

The California State Board of Education approved in November 2016 the self-reflection tools that will be included in the evaluation rubrics for the following local performance indicators:


The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is an important component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which requires all local educational agencies to prepare an LCAP that describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all students and each student group, with specific activities to address state and local priorities. In November 2016, the California State Board of Education adopted a revised LCAP template to incorporate information on the new evaluation rubrics and clarify sections of the previous template.

As additional changes are adopted, and new information emerges, this page will provide information regarding LCFF and LCAP from very basic information to new resources and information for implementation.

New LCAP Template (2017-2020) | LCAP Template (adopted by SBE on 11/2/16)

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State Accountability