The state released the annual update of the California School Dashboard on Thursday. It’s an online report card with a 5-color rating system that tells how districts, schools and the dozen student groups who attend them are doing on multiple measures of student performance. They include test scores, graduation and suspension rates, and students’ preparation for college and careers.

We interview Debra Duardo, the superintendent of Los Angeles County Office of Education, and Morgan Polikoff, associate professor of education at USC’s Rossier School of Education, for their perspectives. Duardo cites improvement by the lowest performing student groups as an indication that the new system of county support is working. Polikoff criticizes the dashboard itself, for the inability to compare schools’ results and the way it measures academic progress. 

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