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CRUNCHED: CA School Dashboard Data is out – Hooray!

CRUNCHED!, OUSD      December, 2019     

Education data nerds across California celebrated last Thursday, December 12th, as the CDE updated the CA School Dashboard with 2018-19 data! Woo! 🎉

With this holiday data present from the CDE, there’s now updated summative data for charters that are up for renewal, slew of new data to inform selection for Blueprint Cohort 3 schools (recall the data we published around Cohort 2), and more detailed change data to track subgroup progress (think from last post Distance From Standard that Wesley Jacques mentioned).

Here are some quick 3 things I immediately noticed about the dashboard data for Oakland:

1. As expected, Oakland took a hit on Chronic Absence. Many expected that the strike last year would affect greatly the chronic absence rates in Oakland for 18-19. Of the 103 schools that received a score on the Chronic Absence indicator (elementary and middle schools only), 91% (94 schools) of them received red or orange ratings – double the amount of schools from last year (47 schools). Interestingly, it seemed to be a citywide effect, with majority of eligible charters also receiving red/orange ratings

2. As a result, only 2 schools received all green and blue ratings on all their indicators. As defined by the CDE under ESSA, schools in California are aiming for greens and blues across all indicators. This year, only 2 schools in Oakland made that cut: Yu Ming and Francophone.

3. There is an increase of Oakland’s high schools that received Greens and Blues (60% this year compared to 37% last year). It’s unknown right now whether this is due to CDE’s expansion of graduation rate definition for graduation indicator on 2018-19 CA School Dashboard or due to huge positive progress across Oakland high schools. Previously, the graduation indicator was based grad rates from a 4-year cohort, i.e. percentage of students that graduated within 4-years. For 18-19, the CDE shifted to looking at the percentage of students that are 4th-year graduates from the most current graduation class AND 5th-year graduates from the prior graduation class. This gives credit to schools who help students graduate on a slightly longer timeline – crucial if a student enters high school significantly behind and needs more time to catch up. Unclear yet the extent how this impacted Oakland’s scores – more analysis needed!

Some resources if you’d like to do some recreational data diving during the holidays:

Because of the late CDE release date and the upcoming holidays, I’ll be publishing a more in-depth analysis of the dashboard data in January. Now that there have been 3 official years of dashboard data released, I’m hoping to dive deeper into schools that have had positive growth for subgroups consistently for all 3 years. Let me know if you have other ideas!

A quick note: I’m grateful for my fellow data nerds and enthusiasts who geek out with me over data all year long on Crunched! See y’all in 2020 – it’s going to be a big year.


My name is Carrie Chan, and I’m Educate78’s data analyst (aka resident data nerd and cruncher). As a former OUSD student, I care a lot about Oakland public schools. This blog series, “Crunched!”, takes a data-driven approach to important, relevant questions facing Oakland public schools, sharing out easily digestible data takeaways. Please email me with ideas, requests, or feedback.


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