2018 California Dashboard Update shows continued academic excellence, opportunity for improvement for PUSD

The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) has received high performance ratings in the California Department of Education’s update of the California School Dashboard, the State's integrated accountability system, released on December 6, 2018. PUSD’s high performance ratings, based on 2017-2018 data, continue to be consistent with the high academic achievement and progress of its students and schools.  


The California School Dashboard includes six state indicators developed by the State Board of Education to measure District performance levels in the areas of Suspensions, Chronic Absenteeism, Graduation Rate, College and Career Readiness, and Academic Proficiency measured for English Language Arts and Mathematics in addition to five local indicators. The District met standards for all five local indicators, which include Parent Engagement; Access to a Broad Coast of Study; Local Climate Survey; Implementation of Academic Standards; and Basics: Teachers, Instructional Materials, Facilities. The State and Local Indicators are organized in three parts on the California Dashboard website: Academic Performance, Academic Engagement and Conditions and Climate.


PUSD has maintained the highest performance rating, indicated by the color blue, on three of the six state indicators, including Academic Indicators for English Language Arts and Math, which illustrates the continued strong academic performance of PUSD students. The District saw an increase of 2.4% in the overall number of graduating students who are College and Career Ready and a 1.6% increase in the District Graduation Rate.  


The District recognizes that there is still work to be done. While the number of suspensions is relatively low in the District, there was a 0.3% increase in the number of students who were suspended across PUSD during the 2017-18 school year.  Nonetheless, the District saw a decrease in the number of African American students and students with disabilities being suspended, moving these student groups from red to yellow on the State Indicator.


“The consistent excellence and gains in academic performance and engagement are a testament to the strong commitment and high achievement of our students, teachers, families and broader school communities,” said Superintendent David Haglund. “As identified in PUSD’s Organizational Goals, we remain committed to providing alternatives to suspension, restorative practices, the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and other related supports to reduce our suspension rates and best serve all students.”


PUSD offers before and after school programs and resources, support to foster and kinship students, as well as a team of parent liaisons who provide focused outreach to ensure all families have access to resources and tools to help their children succeed.  PUSD continues to develop and implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). PBIS contributes to healthy school climates, increased student engagement and positive interactions between students and staff.


In addition, through the model of a multi-tiered system of supports, staff is able to provide increasingly supportive levels of intervention for students in academics and social emotional behaviors.  This effort includes the addition of Intervention and Integration Specialists at all schools who work with students and staff to develop appropriate instruction, intervention and enrichment for all students.


PUSD uses multiple measures of performance and progress to determine its progress toward meeting the needs of all students. The District continues to strive towards academic excellence in all its schools.  This effort is reflected in PUSD’s commitment to high quality programming and support for staff, students and families and is shared in the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan and District Organizational Goals.


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