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Riverbank School District Utilizes California Dashboard To Improve

The recent release of the new California School Dashboard demonstrates that the Riverbank Unified School District is doing great job of graduating students and the district continues to seek improvement in a number of areas.

In December 2017, the California Department of Education released the latest report of the newly established California Dashboard. The Dashboard shows how schools and school districts are doing in a number of areas, including chronic absenteeism, suspensions, the progress of English Learners, graduation, English Language Arts and mathematics in grades 3 through 8. The new Dashboard uses a color coded system to evaluate performance in these areas. The performance levels range from blue as the highest performance level to green, yellow, orange and red in descending order, with red being the lowest performance level. For each area, a school, school district and various student groups receive a performance color based on how students are doing and how the performance in one year compares to previous years. Various student groups also receive a performance rating.

The Riverbank Unified School District received its highest rating in Graduation Rate because almost 92 percent of students graduated last year and that was about a one percent increase from previous years. The high graduation rate is exceptional for a school district where about 85 percent of students are considered to be socioeconomically disadvantaged because the family qualifies to receive free or reduced priced meals. Also, about 45 percent of students in Riverbank Unified come from households where a language other than English is spoken.

In the other areas, the school district was rated as follows: Suspension Rate in yellow, English Learner Progress in yellow, Graduation Rate in green, English Language Arts the rating was orange, Mathematics was yellow, and Chronic Absenteeism was not applicable.

This new website is designed to help communities across the state access the wide variety of information about K-12 districts and schools. The California School Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on the multiple measures of school success. 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, visit the CDE Dashboard Web page.

Local residents are also encouraged to attend the next Joint Meeting of the Parent Advisory and the LCAP Stakeholders community meeting to share their thoughts on what is needed to further support students in the Riverbank Unified School District. The meetings are at the following dates/times:

Morning Meetings: Monday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at California Avenue Elementary School; Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Riverbank High School; Wednesday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Mesa Verde Elementary.

Evening Meetings: Monday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at California Avenue Elementary School; Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at Riverbank High School; Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at Mesa Verde Elementary.