California Releases Updated School Quality Snapshot Tool
Chase Niesner | October 7, 2013
The California Department of Education’s School Quality Snapshot tool, a searchable database providing essential information on the performance of individual school sties across the state, has been updated with the latest possible information.
Since the program was unveiled last October, more than 115,000 “snapshots” of local schools have been downloaded by Californians interested in learning more about a school’s academic performance and demographics, State Schools Chief Torlakson said in a press release.
The data is concisely displayed in two page reports providing information on the school’s California Standards Test (CSTs) scores, enrollment by various subgroups such as race/ethnicity and English language learners (ESL) and the percentage of students that pass the California High School Exit Exams. The reports also offers the percentage of graduates which meet the University of California “a-g” curriculum requirements as well as information on the school’s suspension and expulsion rates.
The information in the snapshot reports was previously compiled on more than a dozen CDE web pages.
Tina Jung, the department spokesperson, said all California public schools are available in the School Quality Snapshot database, even charters, although the reports only reflect information the schools submitted. Jung said this means not all reports will provide the same amount of information.