California Launches New School Assessment Dashboard, Drops API Score

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A screengrab of the California School Dashboard Reference Guide. (Photo: California Department of Education)

The State Board of Education on Wednesday launched a new website to help parents assess schools, which not only includes standardized test scores but suspension and graduation rates, how well English Language Learners fare, and a bevy of other information. The new dashboard is well timed for Oakland and San Francisco families who are receiving their school placement letters in the next few weeks. In this hour we'll hear about California's new dashboard for school evaluation and discuss how parents can pick the best school for their child.

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Michael Kirst, president, California State Board of Education; professor emeritus of education, Stanford University's Graduate School of Education

Samantha Tran, senior managing director of education policy, Children Now

Miranda Martin, director of policy, Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco

Elizabeth Robitaille, senior vice president of achievement and performance managment, California Charter Schools Association