Policy Brief

Gauging the Revised California School Dashboard

Evidence from the 2019 PACE/USC Rossier Voter Poll
Voter Awareness, Support, and Participation
Authors
Morgan Polikoff
University of Southern California
Published
Summary

Late in 2018, the California Department of Education rolled out an updated version of the California School Dashboard. This revision altered the look and feel of the Dashboard and added new indicators based on newly available data. This brief updates a 2018 analysis of the Dashboard. First, I examine whether the state’s revisions are in line with the suggestions made in the 2018 report. I find that the state has made some improvements to the system, but that there is room for continued improvement. Second, I use data from the 2019 PACE/USC Rossier poll to characterize use of and support for the Dashboard. I find continued low use and potentially troubling equity gaps, but I also find high support for the Dashboard and a strong preference for the new Dashboard over the old. 

Full poll results can be found in the Poll Archive.