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California School Dashboard

Date:   March 15, 2017

To:       EUHSD Parents and Guardians

From:  Steve Boyle, Superintendent

RE:       New Evaluation Rubrics Establish Baseline for Progress

As parents and guardians of students attending the Escondido Union High School District, you have an important role in helping to shape your child’s academic and personal success. We value your input and strive to keep you well informed on changes impacting education at the local, state or federal levels. Recently, changes have occurred with regards to measuring student progress, along with student and school performance.

When the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was implemented by the state of California in 2013, school districts received more freedom with how to spend money in exchange for a different level of accountability. As part of the budget planning process, school districts now have to put together a Local Control and Accountability Plan, or LCAP. Our LCAP, written with parent and public input, identifies our goals and how we will measure student progress.

Another important change with LCFF and LCAP is a shift from a single number – the Academic Performance Index, or API – to judge how well schools are doing to now looking at multiple measures of performance. We believe schools and students are much more than just test scores. The new LCFF Evaluation Rubrics and the California School Dashboard will give a more comprehensive look at district and school performance.

The rubrics look at 11 indicators -- or topics -- and determine a district or school’s performance based on the current rate and whether there was improvement over several years. Those indicators are: chronic absenteeism, suspension rates, graduation rates, student performance in English language arts and math, parent engagement, school climate, progress of English learners, college and career readiness, implementation of state standards, and basics, such as teachers, materials, and facilities. For each of these measures, we can see overall student performance and filter the results for particular groups of students, such as English learners.

The Dashboard gives a snapshot of opportunities, challenges, and successes within each of the indicators and for our specific student groups. As a high school district, initial indicators will only include graduation and suspension rates, as well as progress of English learners. The dashboard uses colored “pies” to indicate the performance level -- blue is best, followed by green, yellow, orange, and red -- making it easy for families and community members to get an overview and dig deeper for more information.

With this layered look and by continuing to work together, we will be better able to improve the educational experience for your student. This year’s results shown on the California School Dashboard establish a baseline that will allow us to monitor the progress we expect to make over time.

We’ll be looking at the data carefully and invite you to do the same. Along with the principal at your school site, the EUHSD staff is here to assist you in understanding the new LCFF Evaluation Rubrics and the California School Dashboard.

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