Schools, Districts Performance Measures Get Huge Face Lift

Gone are the days where test scores are the only things that matter to California schools.url

The State Board of Education will face new challenges in 2014 as test results on the Academic Performance Index (API) become just one piece of a collection of assessments for schools and districts.

The challenge will be how all of the moving parts will fit together and whether or not they can be combined in a cohesive way that accurately reflects a schools performance.

A few potential new measures may include: high school and middle school graduation rates, rates of absenteeism, reclassification of English learners, passage on Advanced Placement exams or a mix of other indicators.

By October 2015, the board must approve three sets of evaluation criteria that will replace the previous system of placing full dependence standardized tests, including the California Standards Test and high school exit exam that encompasses the current API.

One of the main factors for this shift is to determine whether districts and schools could use more support or more serious forms of intervention. More qualitative factors such as parent involvement and school climate can often be hard to measure, which is another reason the measurements will be redrawn.

There is no doubt that the transition will be rocky. The goal here is to look into the future and recognize the vast benefit and increased efficiency of California schools and districts.