The PAUSD Promise

Provide students what they need to be successful

Moving the Needle

The California School Dashboard is an online accountability tool that visually illustrates Palo Alto Unified's performance on state and local indicators. The Dashboard is utilized by all public school districts across California and categorizes performance into color bands in order of level: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red. Performance levels are based on current year results and whether results improved from the prior year.

Complete information can be found at the California School Dashboard website. A summarized view of these results can be found in the Student Group Report for 2018 from the California Department of Education.

While the overall measures indicate high performance (Blue and Green) for our district, some student subgroups are not experiencing the same levels of success. By executing on each of the key strategies listed in the priority areas, we will move the needle for all under-performing student groups (Red and Orange).

Overall District Results for 2018

Student Groups by State Indicator

The sections below represent the six state indicators used to measure school performance. The state identified student groups are listed individually by performance level on the specific measure.

English Language Arts

This measure is based on student performance on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, which is taken annually by students in grades 3–8 and grade 11.

Mathematics

This measure is based on student performance on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, which is taken annually by students in grades 3–8 and grade 11.

College/Career

This information shows the percentage of high school graduates who are placed in the "Prepared" level on the College/Career Indicator.

Chronic Absenteeism

This is information about the percentage of students in kindergarten through grade 8 who are absent 10 percent or more of the instructional days they were enrolled.

Graduation Rate

This information is about students completing high school, which includes students who receive a standard high school diploma or complete their graduation requirements at an alternative school.

Suspension Rate

This information is about the percentage of students in kindergarten through grade 12 who have been suspended at least once in a given school year. Students who are suspended multiple times are only counted once.

District Office Operations

This chart displays the average scores for each of the 9 scales measured by the baseline Orgametrics staff survey.

Think of each score as an Alignment Indicator: The higher your score, the stronger the alignment as an organization in that area or scale. Overall alignment occurs when the assessment reveals strong scores on each of the 9 areas of focus and an overall measure of alignment.