July 20, 2008

Web Site Gives Parents Snapshot of Schools

By Gretchen Losi, Daily Press, Victorville, Calif.

Jul. 20--California's parents now have another source for their child's school data.

G ove r n o r A r n o l d Schwarzenegger has launched a new Web site -- California School Finder.

"This vital information, compiled in one easy-to-navigate site, will increase school accountability and transparency, and put power back into the hands of California parents. The facts of achievement for every school in California are now easily accessible -- not buried in bureaucracy," Schwarzenegger said.

Created in partnership with Microsoft and Google, this new Web site allows parents to find and compare schools side-byside on data such as graduation rates and Academic Performance Index scores, as well as information on student support services and advanced placement courses, in a one-stop easy-to-navigate Web site.

The Web site streamlines data reported by California's schools to the California Department of Education.

"School Finder is an important tool for improving transparency and accountability in our education system," said Secretary of Education Dave Long. "This site will provide accurate and valuable school data in a clear and concise way that will empower parents to make meaningful decisions regarding the education of their children."

To see how your local schools are doing, visit the site at www. schoolfinder.ca.gov.


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