Sonoma County Office of Education

Schools & Districts

Accountability & Testing

California uses a variety of testing and reporting programs to gauge the performance of individual students and/or assess the progress of school improvement. Student tests are aligned with the state standards and accountability reports conform to federal reporting requirements.

In 2015, California began utilizing the Smarter Balanced assessment system, which focuses on the California State Standards. In the spring of 2017, California rolled out a preview version of it's new online accountability system, the California School Dashboard. This system is expected to be fully operational in the fall of 2017.

Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) | Approved District LCAPs
Beginning in 2014-15, school districts must develop LCAPs that articulate and share the performance data, needs, actions, and anticipated outcomes that guide the use of state funding.


School Accountability Report Card (SARC) | Find a SARC
Every school is required to prepare an annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the SARC is to inform the community about the conditions and progress being made at each local school.


Smarter Balanced Assessment | Information | Reports
The Smarter Balanced assessments focus on California Common Core Standards. In Spring 2014, the assessments were field-tested throughout California. Beginning in Spring 2015, the assessments are administered annually.