Want to compare public schools? The California Department of Education has a new tool to make it easier.
Called the School Quality Snapshot, you just plug in a school name and wait for it to generate a couple-page report that includes all sorts of information, such as academic performance, ethnic make-up, class sizes and more.
It also includes averages for the school district the school's in and for the state. For example, for San Juan Elementary, the report shows that while the school used to have smaller class sizes than Capistrano Unified School District as a whole, it's now in line with the rest of the schools. And math scores there now exceed district averages while English and science scores lag.