"Parents in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Kansas, and Rhode Island can now check-in on their child's school performance and test scores with the click of a mouse. Free, easily accessible data is now available online that compares all of a state's public schools to each other so that parents, policy makers and community leaders can determine which schools are measuring up and which schools need help."
"The data was compiled and paid for by the School Information Partnership (SIP). 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.
"The goal of SIP is to:
- Give 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.
- Provide educators useful tools to diagnose areas that need improvement and identify other schools from which to learn effective practices.
- Empower 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.
- Report 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).
"Alaska, California, Hawaii, Kansas and Rhode Island join Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West 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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