School Accountability Report Cards (SARC)
What is a School Accountability Report Card (SARC) ?
Since 1988, state law requires all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. A similar requirement is found in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals.
What information does the SARC contain?
A SARC provides background information about the school and its students. It summarizes the school's mission, goals, and accomplishments. State law requires SARCs to contain the following:
- 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