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California introduces a new way for parents to learn about schools
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012 16:12 PM

Most parents realize that the quality of the instruction their children receive during elementary, middle and high school has the potential to affect their college and career prospects. As a result, parents may be extra curious to see how well their kids' schools are preparing them for the future. In California, this is now a little easier thanks to the School Quality Snapshot.

The California Department of Education recently announced the launch of this new online accountability tool. When parents and members of the general public access a school's Quality Snapshot, they can view data on class size, graduation rates, fitness levels and more, all in an easy-to-read format.

Data from the California STAR Testing Program is also included on the School Quality Snapshots, as five years' worth of results from the California Standards Tests are featured.

"Until now, parents had to scan more than a dozen different web pages to compile this much information about their child's school," said Tom Torlakson, California's state superintendent of public instruction, in a statement. "The School Quality Snapshot brings it all together in real time - in a colorful and concise format that's easy to follow and understand."