It may have been prompted by the threat of a lawsuit — and then, indeed, a lawsuit — but the Oakland school district has plugged the gaping holes in its state mandated “School Accountability Report Cards.”
Now, you can see how much money each school (including charters) spent per student, how many teachers were teaching out of their areas of expertise, what the safety situation is like, and so on.
Si usted habla espanol, se traduce la informacion. The report cards are translated into other languages, too.
All of this has been required for almost 20 years, but the district acknowledged in a legal settlement signed today that it had failed to provide it all.
The only catch is that the “snapshot” these report cards present is outdated the moment it comes out. The most recent school year represented in the data is 2005-06.
Want to see the profile of a particular Oakland school? Click on this link.
image from Mobilski’s site at flickr.com