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California State PTA Responds to Release of New School Dashboard

November 6, 2017

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SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Education (CDE) released a new online school accountability resource that shows how local schools are performing based on different indicators at the state and local level. California State PTA Vice President for Education, Mary Perry, released the following statement:

“The School Dashboard will let parents and educators dig deeper into how their school is doing in a variety of different areas and at multiple levels. This is a great asset for California families to further invest in their children’s education.

“California State PTA has long supported the use of multiple measures for state accountability. We are in agreement with the concept underlying California’s new system – that educating students is complex work and that many different things affect their success. A single number ranking can be deceptive in its simplicity.

“The new Dashboard, by contrast, should open up conversations about the progress and performance of our students, our schools and our school districts. It can help parents, community members and school employees identify the important questions to ask and compel district leaders to address those questions honestly and openly.

“In the spirit of continuous improvement, California State PTA will continue to work with other organizations, the California Department of Education and the State Board to make the Dashboard an increasingly effective tool for measuring school success.”

Visit the California School Dashboard at www.caschooldashboard.org.