The state Board of Education unanimously approved technical tweaks to the California School Dashboard this week, saying it was necessary to recalibrate the color-coded rating system so that it better reflects student test scores.
Previewed earlier this year, the California School Dashboard is a new accountability tool designed to display a broader view of how K-12 campuses are doing, with colors indicating performance and progress in a number of categories. In a nutshell, blue is great; red, not so much.
According to this story from EdSource, technical advisers to the state Department of Education recently proposed a methodology fix because they were concerned that some schools with minor changes to their test scores would see large color shifts on the Dashboard, with many falling into the red zone.
That prompted a group of education advocacy organizations to write a letter claiming such a fix would lower expectations by making low-performing schools look better, as the Los Angeles Times also reported.
The OCDE Newsroom recently sat down with Dr. Lucy Vezzuto, the department’s coordinator of social-emotional learning and student mental health, for a Q&A on mental health trends, the Resilient Mindful Learner Project, misconceptions about mindfulness and the benefits of stress management techniques.