The close of 2017 opens a season of celebration and reflection. We are well positioned for the New Year! The collaboration between voters, parents, teachers and staff has resulted in student achievement growth, improved facilities and playing fields under Measure V, and new instructional technology for classrooms. Under our state accountability system, this season also marks the Fall 2017 update to the California School Dashboard.
California Department of Education’s current school Dashboard shows LEUSD schools are making progress. The Dashboard is powered by six state indicators and four local indicators, along with a variety of custom reports by which to compare schools, districts, and student subgroups. The Dashboard provides teachers and principals with valuable performance data that is examined weekly during their PLC collaboration time, and used to guide instruction. View how LEUSD is performing at www.caschooldashboard.org.
LEUSD improved in several areas, though English Language Arts and Math growth indicators are little changed from a year ago, a trend statewide. Dashboard color codes reflect status and change depicting achievement growth ranging from Red (lowest) to Blue (highest). District wide performance indicators include the following:
SUSPENSION RATES—by lowering suspensions, results for the 'Suspension' indicator have IMPROVED from orange to yellow, changing from a high suspension rating to a medium suspension rating.
‘EL’ PROGRESS—English Learners IMPROVED from yellow to green, changing from 'Medium' to 'High' as a result of an additional 3.1% students making progress towards English proficiency.
GRADUATION RATE—this indicator has IMPROVED from green to blue. The District continues to have a 'High' rating due to an increase in graduating students of 1.5%.
COLLEGE/CAREER PREPAREDNESS—growing College & Career Preparedness is an area for increased attention. The CA School Dashboard shows 35.2% of LEUSD graduates as being 'Prepared.” The State will not have a color indicator for College & Career Preparedness until 2018, but notably, LEUSD 11th grade students' ELA and Mathematics scaled scores increased in both areas respectively by 0.3 points and 4.2 points, a positive college readiness indicator.
CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM—for the first time, the CA Schools Dashboard includes District and school Chronic Absenteeism rates, though a Chronic Absenteeism color indicator does not appear on the Fall 2017 report. District wide, LEUSD’s Chronically Absent statistic is 12.8%.
LEUSD met all local indicators for implementing state standards, providing safe school facilities, adequate books and instructional materials, as well as meeting indicators for school climate, and student and parent engagement.
These are positive indicators, so let’s be mindful of the many positive accomplishments of 2017 to help set the bar high for 2018. On behalf of the Governing Board, I wish you all a Happy Holiday season and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the time with family and friends, and we will see all students back in school on January 17th, 2018.