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201011 School Accountability Report Card Update

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

August 3, 2011

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

2010–11 SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT CARD UPDATE

I am pleased to announce that the California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with the Ed-Data Partnership, will provide local educational agencies (LEAs) with 2010–11 School Accountability Report Card (SARC) templates that can be downloaded with data. The 2010–11 SARC template was approved by the State Board of Education (SBE) at its July 2011 meeting and is posted on the CDE SARC Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/sa/.

Last year, due to significant budget cuts, the SARC template with data was not provided. I heard from LEAs throughout the state and saw first-hand, through the hundreds of LEAs that submitted waivers to the SBE requesting an extension of the SARC publication deadline, the burden not providing the SARC template with data placed on already overloaded LEA staff. Despite the budget constraints that we are all facing, I challenged my staff to evaluate all possibilities for providing LEAs a SARC template with data for the 2010–11 school year.

Through the CDE’s work with the Ed-Data Partnership, a three-member partnership that includes the CDE, EdSource, and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, the Ed-Data Web site was identified as a vehicle for providing the SARC template as the Ed-Data Web site already reported much of the data required in the SARC. I am excited about the expansion of the Ed-Data Web site and believe that it is a step in the right direction because it capitalizes on an existing resource, uses taxpayer resources efficiently, reduces duplicative reporting and data analysis, and most importantly provides a valuable and much needed service to LEAs.

Additional information regarding how to access the Ed-Data Web site will be provided to your SARC Coordinator. If you have any questions regarding the SARC, please contact Dana Kertel, Research Analyst, Technology and Reporting Unit, by phone at 916-319-0406 or by e-mail at dkertel@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

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