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School Accountability Report Card   

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The Board of Education views the school accountability report card as an excellent way to inform the community about conditions, needs, and progress at each school site and to provide data by which parents/guardians can make meaningful comparisons between schools. The process of gathering and analyzing data also provides school and district staff opportunities to review achievements, identify areas for improvement, enlist local support, and establish a vision in the future.

The board shall annually issue a school accountability report card (SARC) for each school site. (Education Code 35256)

In preparing the district's report cards, the superintendent or designee may choose to use or adapt the model template provided by the California Department of Education. If the model template is not used, the superintendent or designee shall ensure that data are reported in a manner that is consistent with the definitions for school conditions as provided in the template. At least every three years, the board shall compare the content of the district's report cards to the state's model template, recognizing that variances are allowed by law as necessary to meet local needs. (Education Code 33126.1, 35256)

The board shall annually approve the SARCs for all district schools and shall evaluate the data contained in the SARCs as part of the board's regular review of the effectiveness of the district's programs, personnel, and fiscal operations.

The superintendent or designee shall develop strategies for communicating the information contained in the SARCs to all stakeholders, including opportunities for staff and the community to discuss the content.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)


Each year, the principal or designee at each school shall prepare an annual school accountability report card which assesses all of the following school conditions: (Education Code 33126, 35294.6, 52056)

1. Student achievement in and progress toward meeting reading, writing, arithmetic, and other academic goals, including results by grade level from the assessment tools used by the district, including the statewide assessment scores, using percentiles when available for the most recent three-year period

2. Progress toward reducing dropout rates

3. Estimated expenditures per student and types of services funded

4. Progress toward reducing class sizes and teaching loads

5. The total number of the school's fully credentialed teachers, the number of teachers relying on emergency credentials, and any assignment of teachers outside their subject areas of competence

6. Quality and currency of textbooks and other instructional materials, including whether textbooks and materials have been adopted by the State Board of Education for grades kindergarten through eight, the ratio of textbooks per student, and the year the textbooks were adopted

7. Availability of qualified personnel to provide counseling and other student support services

8. Safety, cleanliness, and adequacy of school facilities

9. Adequacy of teacher evaluations and opportunities for professional improvement, including number of school days dedicated to staff development

10. Teacher and staff training and curriculum improvement programs

11. The total number of instructional minutes offered in each school year, separately stated for each grade level

12. The total number of minimum days in the school year

13. The Academic Performance Index including (a) the disaggregation of subgroups, the decile rankings, and a comparison of schools, and (b) a description of the school's ranking on the Academic Performance Index and the components of the ranking

14. Contact information pertaining to any organized opportunities for parental involvement

15. The status of the school's safety plan, including a description of the plan's key elements

In determining the indicators that assess the above conditions, the principal, or designee shall review the State Board of Education model report card and guidelines and solicit suggestions from the school staff and community.

School accountability report cards shall also include the following information:

1. The beginning, median, and highest salary paid to teachers in the district, as reflected in the district's salary scale

2. The average salary for school-site principals in the district

3. The salary of the district superintendent

4. The percentage of the district's budget allocated to teacher's salaries

5. The percentage of the district's budget allocated to administrative salaries

6. The statewide average, in districts of the same size and type for:

a. Beginning, mid-range and highest teacher's salary

b. School-site principal's salary

c. District superintendent's salary

The statewide average, in districts of the same size and type, of the percentage of the district budget allocated to:

a. Teachers' salaries

b. Administrative salaries

Report card information about statewide averages shall be based on information provided by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. (Education Code 41409.3)


The superintendent or designee shall annually publicize the issuance of the SARCs and notify parents/guardians that a paper copy will be provided upon request. On or before February 1 of each year, the superintendent or designee shall make the SARCs available in paper copy and on the Internet. (Education Code 35256)

(cf. 5145.6- Parental Notification)

Legal Reference:


1240 County superintendent, general duties

17002 Definition, including good repair

17014 Plan for building maintenance

17032.5 Portable classroom maintenance

17070.15 School Facilities Act; definitions

17089 Portable classroom maintenance

33126 School Accountability Report Card

33126.1 School Accountability Report Card model template

33126.15 School Accountability Report Card template

33126.2 Secretary of Education school accountability report card study

35256 School Accountability Report Card

35256.1 Information required in the School Accountability Report Card

35258 Internet access to the School Accountability Report Card

41409 Calculation of statewide averages

41409.3 Salary information required in the School Accountability Report Card

46112 Minimum school day for grades 1 through 3

46113 Minimum school day for grades 4 through 8

46117 Minimum kindergarten school day

46141 Minimum school day (high school)

51225.3 Requirements for graduation

52052 Academic performance index

52056 Meeting growth targets

60119 Textbook sufficiency

60600-60618 General provisions

60640-60648 Standardized testing and reporting program

60800 Physical fitness testing

60850 High school exit examination

60851 High school exit examination


Article 16, Section 8.5(e) Allocations to State School Fund


6311 State plans, including local educational agency report cards

Management Resources:


Report Cards, September 12, 2003


CSBA, SARC Select:

California Department of Education, School Accountability Report Card:

U.S. Department of Education, No Child Left Behind Act:


adopted: October 23, 2003 Escondido, California

revised: September 24, 2009