Get insight into the foundations for school district improvement and innovation in California

What Is the DRI?

The District Readiness Index compiles 30 measures across 5 domains to help education leaders across California better understand the conditions for launching and sustaining improvement and innovation initiatives.

History of the Project

Who It’s For

School districts, families, and community partners can use this tool to identify areas where they can increase their capacity to sustain improvement and innovation.

What You Can Do with This Information

Why It Matters

Research shows that strengthening these 5 domains can make a school district more capable of maintaining innovation and improvement initiatives. Sustained improvement means better and more equitable outcomes for students.

Research & Methodology

Find a district or county

Few Foundations
Partial Foundations
Strong Foundations

For the initial iteration of the DRI, the database only includes LEAs identified as Elementary, Unified, and High
School Districts with 2,500 or more enrolled students. The DRI does not include:

  • Districts with student enrollment under 2,500
  • Charter schools
  • County Offices of Education
  • Private schools
  • Unique Local Educational Agencies (e.g., State Special Schools; Regional Occupation Centers)

How the District Readiness Index works

With the District Readiness Index, not only can you review areas to strengthen in a single district, but you can also compare information across districts in a number of ways.

Infographic of tool functionality. Go to methodology page to learn about tool in written form.

What goes into the ratings?

A summative rating has been compiled using data from measures across 5 domains:


Family & Community Engagement

Do district decision-making processes, resources, and capacities provide local stakeholders a seat at the table?


Financial Management

Does the district maintain enough financial flexibility to invest in sustainable reforms?


Leadership & Governance

Do district leaders stay long enough and adopt policies to sustain major initiatives?


School Personnel

Has the district adequately and equitably recruited personnel to & retained them in its schools?


Work Environment

Does the district demonstrate the ability to collaborate with its teacher’s union and its investment in educators?

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