State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced the release of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) first-ever mobile app for the California School Dashboard, the new accountability system that helps identify strengths and improvement areas for every public school district and school statewide.
Everyone can use this mobile app to access information based on the Dashboard, providing parents and educators the critical information that empowers them in decisions to improve student learning. Through the Dashboard, California reports how districts, schools (including alternative schools serving high-risk students), and student groups are performing across state and local measures.
“Parents need to know what’s going on at their children’s school, and educators need an evaluation of their respective schools to serve our students better. This app is an excellent tool for both,” said Thurmond. “It not only evaluates academic performance and progress, but engagement and school climate, among other things—all critical factors to student well-being and success.”
The app is also important for many parents who may not have access to a personal computer with an internet connection. It allows easy access to state and local indicators such as English language arts, mathematics, English learner progress, and college/career preparation along with chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, suspension rates, facilities, parent engagement, and services for foster and expelled youth.
Funding to support the development and launch of the Dashboard mobile app was provided to the San Joaquin County Office of Education through the 2018–19 State Budget trailer bill (Assembly Bill 99, Sec. 77).
The California School Dashboard app is available on the iOS App Store, the Google Play Store, and the Microsoft Store by searching for the term “CA Dashboard.” More information about the app and links to the app stores are on the CDE CA Dashboard Mobile Application web page.
Please visit the California School Dashboard website. More information is available on the CDE California School Dashboard and System of Support web page.