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WELCOME to the USC / School Performance Dashboard!

With this Interactive Report, you can:

1 > Evaluate individual schools;

2 > Compare the performance of multiple schools;

3 > Review the performance of a single school across several years; or

4 > Download the entire data set.


The USC School Performance Dashboard is in its seventh year. This interactive version provides online access to all charter school performance data over multiple years. You can evaluate individual schools; compare the performance of multiple schools; review the performance of a single school across several years; or download the entire data set.

Charter school expansion, After two decades of offering school choice to families, the charter school movement in California has spurred the creation of 1,065 of the nation’s 6,000 charter schools. The growth, moreover, has been explosive: Nationwide, one in five of the new public charter schools that opened last year was based in California. Statewide, the number of charter schools has doubled every five years.

The School Performance Dashboard rates California charter schools on 12 measures assessing financial resources and investment; school performance; academic productivity; and high school performance. Unlike other school databases, ours assigns values – high, medium, low – to the measures and goes beyond state test scores. Dashboard users like knowing which schools are doing well, which are in the middle, and which are struggling. We also identify the state's Top 10 charter elementary schools and a second Top 10 list for charter high schools. Both are visible via a button on this interactive site.

New this year: The Dashboard Team keeps up with new trends in education and schooling that may offer ideas for refining the indicators. The District of Columbia and 45 states, including California, have adopted the Common Core State Standards to better prepare students for college and careers. This development led the Dashboard Team to develop three new high school-specific performance indices: curriculum rigor, high school graduate rate, and college-readiness.

With the help of the California Charter Schools Association, we categorized California charter schools into two types: autonomous charter schools that have total budgetary control, and non-autonomous charter schools, which operate under the districts’ collective bargaining agreements. Only financial data for the autonomous schools are reported and we will continue this practice in the future.

The School Performance Dashboard is released annually by USC’s Center on Educational Governance (www.uscrossier.org/ceg/), under the direction of founder Professor Priscilla Wohlstetter who now is at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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