SchoolMatters.com Provides Powerful Information on Student Achievement
Recently, the School Information Partnership announced that "student achievement data from all public schools in Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin are now available online at www.SchoolMatters.com." The following excerpt is from the press release covering the announcement:
"'Parents have a right to know how their students are performing in school, and whether they are learning in a particular school,' said Dan Katzir, Managing Director of The Broad Foundation. 'The School Information Partnership provides a powerful tool for parents so that they can acquire the information they need to make informed decisions about their children's futures.'
"SIP is an unprecedented public-private initiative between The Broad Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. SIP's goal is to dramatically improve the general public's access to easy-to-understand information about public schools, districts and state academic achievement results. SIP is focused on:
- Giving parents powerful and comparable information about the performance and demographic makeup of their children's schools, as well as other schools and districts across their state;
- Providing educators useful tools to diagnose areas that need improvement and identify other schools from which to learn effective practices;
- Empowering state and local policymakers with comparative tools and benchmarks to monitor the relative progress of their state's schools and districts in order to make better informed policy decisions; and
- Reporting critical student achievement data to members of the media to help inform their readers about their local schools and the progress they are making under the historic No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
"'The School Information Partnership will allow parents, teachers, and administrators to see what is working well in our education system and where we need to devote more attention,' said Governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue. 'I thank the Broad Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education for making this resource a reality in Georgia.'
"The newly added states join Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Virginia on www.SchoolMatters.com. By the end of 2004, data from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will be available on the web site."
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