School Accountability Report Cards
A Parent's Guide to the SARC
What is a School Accountability Report Card (SARC)?Since November 1988, state law has required that schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. A similar requirement is also contained in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators.
What information does the SARC contain?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 report cards must be updated annually and published by February 1.
How can a parent obtain a SARC?The SARC is posted on thise page (below) each year that it is updated. Additionally, you may contact the school or district if to obtain a hard copy of their SARC report.
For more information about the SARC please visit the Calfornia Department of Education website: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/sa/