California’s New Continuous Improvement System

Madera Unified’s Performance Results

By Babatunde Ilori, Executive Director of Accountability and Communications

On Thursday, December 6, the 2018 California School Dashboard was released, which highlights multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, college and career readiness rates, chronic absenteeism, and suspension rates. California’s new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table. From highest to lowest, the categories are: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red. The Dashboard is part of California’s new school accountability system based on 2013’s Local Control Funding Formula. The following six indicators allow for comparisons across schools and districts: Graduation Rate, ELA Performance, Math Performance, Suspension Rate, Preparation for College and Career and Chronic Absenteeism. Results are available for all districts, all schools, and all defined student groups (e.g., ethnic groups, low income, English learners) with more than 30 students. Figure 1 shows a summary of Madera Unified’s California Dashboard Results. Madera Unified met the requirements for all five local indicators: Basic Services, Implementation of Academic Standards, Access to a Broad Course of Study, Parent Engagement and Local Climate Survey. The dashboard’s main purpose is to help communities identify strengths and areas of growth to support students who are struggling academically or socio-emotionally. Furthermore, the dashboard is used by the state to determine which districts are eligible for differentiated assistance through the State System of Support. Based on the requirements within the technical guide of the California Dashboard and Madera Unified’s dashboard results, the subgroups in Figure 2 were identified for assistance through the State System of Support. During the 2017-18 school year, Madera Unified partnered with West Ed, a non-profit research development service agency, and West Ed completed a comprehensive report evaluating Madera Unified’s Special Education programs. The report evaluation includes a number of recommendations which Madera Unified will be prioritizing for implementation. Furthermore, Madera Unified is also working with West Ed to provide support on the development of an action plan to improve African American student achievement. Lastly, Madera Unified is working with California Youth Connection, a youth-lead organization created to improve conditions for our students in the  Foster Youth programs. The collaborative work Madera Unified is doing with West Ed and the California Youth Connection, in addition to working with the State’s System of Support will be key for district improvements to be made for these student subgroups.

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