San Marino Unified School District

SMUSD Achieves Very High Performance on California’s New Accountability System

SAN MARINO, CA The California Department of Education (CDE) recently created a new accountability system, which replaces the former accountability report for California public schools, the Academic Performance Index ("API").  Just as the San Marino Unified School District was the top performing unified school district under the API for fourteen (14) consecutive years, SMUSD is a top performer under the new accountability system.  Unlike the API, the new system does not rank school districts or individual schools.

The CDE launched the California School Dashboard ( to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools.  The Dashboard reports on California’s new accountability system and displays the performance of districts, schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

The Dashboard features reports on multiple measures or indicators of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress, and suspension rates.  For each state indicator on the Dashboard, districts, schools, and student groups receive a color-coded performance level indicated by a graphically displayed circle. The five color-coded performance levels are: blue (highest), green, yellow, orange, and red (lowest).

The state goal for all indicators is to reach the green performance level.  SMUSD has already surpassed that goal in this inaugural year by achieving the highest level of achievement (blue) in four of the five categories and green in one category (suspension rates).

Already low at 1.1%, the District improved its Suspension Rate with a slight 0.3% decline. Other indicators, such as Chronic Absenteeism and College / Career, will become available in the future.  As SMUSD has historically had low chronic absenteeism and high college placement statistics, it is expected that the District will meet or exceed the state goal in these areas as well.

Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss stated, “The San Marino Unified School District should be very proud of these performance levels.  We already perform at very high levels yet we manage to continuously improve.”

Board President, C. Joseph Chang, stated “Congratulations to every teacher, administrator, staff member, and parent for this remarkable success. And special congratulations to our students who consistently show that they are the best!"


To learn more about California's accountability efforts, please visit the CDE Dashboard Web page.



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