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Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS)

Alternative indicators that are aligned with the evaluation rubrics of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), containing robust accountability indicators to evaluate the success or progress of schools that serve high-risk students.

Dashboard Alternative School Status Background

In 2013, California's accountability system significantly changed with the adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This new accountability system, the California School Dashboard (Dashboard), contains state indicators and standards to help identify a school's strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement. Because these state indicators and standards were developed for traditional (non-alternative) schools, the State Board of Education (SBE) and stakeholders raised concerns that the state indicators and standards did not fairly evaluate the success or progress of alternative schools that serve high-risk students.

California Education Code (EC) Section 52052(g) requires:The Superintendent, with the approval of the State Board of Education, shall develop an alternative accountability system for schools under the jurisdiction of a county board of education or a county superintendent of schools, community day schools, . . . and alternative schools serving high-risk pupils, including continuation high schools and opportunity schools . . .

As a result, the SBE directed the California Department of Education (CDE) to explore the development of alternative accountability indicators for alternative schools.

At the May 2017 SBE meeting, the SBE approved the recommended participation process for the Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) program. The DASS replaces the previously administered Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) and holds alternative schools and alternative schools of choice accountable for alternative accountability indicators that will be incorporated in the Dashboard beginning with the Fall 2018 release.

Dashboard Alternative School Status Participation

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Questions: DASS Team | dass@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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  • Active DASS Schools (added 01-Aug-2017)
    Current list of schools participating in the Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) program.
  • DASS Eligibility Criteria (added 01-Aug-2017)
    Information for alternative schools considering participation in the Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) program.
  • DASS Participation Instructions (added 01-Aug-2017)
    Instructions to participate in the Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) program for alternative schools of choice and charter schools that serve high-risk students.
  • Withdrawal from DASS Participation Instructions (added 01-Aug-2017)
    Withdrawal from participation in the Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) program.