Accountability Overview

Accountability covers reports on district and individual school performance and testing. This section of the website contains information about:


Assessment is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and assists teachers in determining instructional priorities and modifying the curriculum accordingly. Entry Level Assessments measure a student’s prior knowledge so that a teacher can plan instruction to meet the needs of every student. Progress Monitoring Assessments measure student progress daily or weekly to determine if the instruction is supporting learning. And Summative Assessments, at the end of a unit or course, provide specific and detailed information about which Standards have, or have not, been achieved. Assessment data is collected and analyzed by the schools and the district to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the instructional program.

California has a new accountability and continuous improvement system, which provides information about how districts and schools are meeting the needs of their diverse student populations. To view more information on California’s new accountability and continuous improvement system, please visit California Accountability Model and School Dashboard.

The Dashboard

California School Dashboard Report
The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

California Model Five-by-Five Grid Placement Reports
California’s new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results using five colors. The reports display the schools’ (by district) and student groups’ placement on the five-by-five colored tables.

Find more information on the California Department of Education website and see the videos below from the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) and the California Department of Education.

Above video available in Spanish and Cantonese.


California Testing

California local educational agency (LEA) testing coordinators can use the CAASPP Portal to find helpful information, instructions, training, forms, and external links for the 2016 test administration.

LEAs are administering the following types of tests:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics
  • CAAs for ELA and mathematics
  • CAA for Science—pilot test
  • California Science Test (CAST)—pilot test
  • California English Language Development Test (CELDT)- CELDT 2017-18 Guides to Test Reports
  • Physical Fitness Test

For your convenience, the California Department of Education California Assessment System site is now available to provide a quick overview of all assessments to be administered in California.