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Dear Parent/Guardian

Data is available on district and schools via Ed-Data, DataQuest and the California School DashboardData on English Learners can be accessed at each referenced as well as at the Calfornia Department of Education (CDE) website on the ELPAC language proficiency assessment. 

The CDE collects, analyzes, and publishes a wide variety of fiscal, demographic, attendance, and student performance data from local educational agencies. This information is the source of Ed-Data's profiles and reports. CDE staff administer the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) the longitudinal data system used to collect much of the students and staff data displayed on the Ed-Data website. CDE staff provide expertise to make the data available to the Partnership, assist in the design of the site, and participate in determining how to use the data to make meaningful and useful analyses and comparisons.

DataQuest provides meaningful data and statistics about California's K-12 public educational system that supports a wide variety of informational, research, and policy needs. Summary and detailed data reports are available for multiple subject areas at the school, district, county, and state levels.

The California School Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress,  and  English Learner School 5 by 5 Progress and suspension rates. The Dashboard is part of California’s new school accountability system based on 2013's Local Control Funding Formula. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students.

To learn more about California's accountability and continuous improvement efforts, click on this link to visit the CDE Dashboard Web page.

The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language. It is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards and consists of two separate assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners or not, and one to annually measure a student’s progress in learning English. Students are assessed on the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Identifying students who need help learning English is important so these students can get the extra help they need to do well in school and access the full curriculum. Every year students who are English learners will take the summative ELPAC to measure their progress in learning English. These young people are assets to our state and their local communities. Like all students, they bring a rich cultural and linguistic heritage to our classrooms.