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What is a School Accountability Report Card (SARC)?

Since November 1988, state law has required all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a School Accountability Report Card. Proposition 98, passed by California voters, is also known as The Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act and provides California public schools with a stable funding source. In return, all public schools are required to annually prepare a SARC and disseminate the information containing the school's progress in achieving its goals to the public.

 

What information does the SARC contain?

Although there is great variation in the design of school report cards, they generally begin with a profile that provides background information about the school and its students. The profile usually summarizes the school's mission, goals, and accomplishments. State law requires that the SARC contain all of the following:

 

  • Demographic data
  • School safety and climate for learning information
  • Academic data
  • School completion rates
  • Class sizes
  • Teacher and staff information
  • Curriculum and instruction descriptions
  • Postsecondary preparation information
  • Fiscal and expenditure data
 
How often must a SARC be updated?

School Accountability Report Cards must be updated annually and published by February 1st.

 

Are schools required to publish and disseminate the SARC?

Yes, all active public schools and nonpublic, nonsectarian schools are required to prepare and disseminate a SARC for the primary purpose of providing parents with data and information to make meaningful comparisons between schools (inclusive of charter schools).

 

Charter schools are required to prepare SARC reports as a method by which to measure pupil progress in meeting pupil outcomes for state priorities.

 

How can a parent obtain a SARC?

Parents with Internet access can go to the CDE Find a SARC Web page . This CDE Web page provides actual SARC reports or SARC Web links to the school or district Web site where the school's SARC is located.

 

On the CDE 'Find a SARC Web page', simply begin typing in the search box. You can search by school name, County-District-School (CDS) code, district name, county name, or city name. You can sort any column by selecting the down arrow located at the top of each column. Once you locate the school's SARC that you desire to view, select the icon located in the 'View SARC' column.

 

Contact the district office if the school's SARC report or Web link to their SARC report is not available on the CDE 'Find a SARC Web page' or to obtain a hard copy of their SARC report.

 

How can a parent find out more about California's public schools?

If you have questions or need information about a specific school, you can call or write to the school or the district office. You can also schedule an appointment to visit the school and meet with the school's administrators and staff.

 

 

Please click on the campus of the SARC you would like to view.