Funding Restored to Time Saving Accountability System2011 | Admin | November 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the California Department of Education (CDE) has restored a time-saving Web tool to make it easier for school districts to create state-mandated School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs).
“The few dollars the state saved by eliminating this service were clearly outweighed by the time and trouble being shifted to California’s more than a 1,000 school districts,” Torlakson said. “I’m glad we’ve found a creative way to restore this tool, and I’m grateful to Ed-Data for stepping up to the plate to help us meet this need.”
SARCs contain valuable accountability information on schools to help parents and the public evaluate and compare their progress in achieving goals.
Deep budget cuts to the CDE forced the department to discontinue its SARC Web tool in 2010. The SARC Web tool conveniently provided districts with templates pre-populated with data on each of their schools. As a result of the cuts, local educational agencies were forced to fill out the forms manually—increasing the workloads at districts. With system restored schools and families once again have access to this resource.