Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
The California Department of Education is conducting an online survey and hosting regional focus group meetings to gather information regarding potential improvements to future School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs).
One of the key ways for parents and community members to learn about their school is through the SARC. With 35 data tables, the SARC reports on information such as student enrollment, facilities, textbooks, student academic achievement, and graduation rates. The SARC is one of the most comprehensive data tools available to gauge the performance of schools.
As we begin the 2012–13 SARC template development, we are collecting information from SARC preparers and members of the public to improve the usability and readability of the SARC. We will collate survey responses and use aggregate data that are not tied to a single respondent to identify areas for improvement and possible solutions. Your participation is voluntary, but critically important in guiding the 2012–13 statewide SARC template development. The survey:
Thank you for your time and assistance with this important work.Sincerely,
cc: School Accountability Report Card Preparers