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Heritage Web Site for School Report Cards

August 14, 2001

Parents seeking information on the quality of schools around the nation have a new tool, courtesy of the Heritage Foundation. It is called "The Report Card Report: America's Best Web Sites for School Profiles."

  • The authors of the report compared more than 100 school information sites to compile a list of the Web's top 10 school guides.
  • Whether parents are moving to another state or simply considering making a change as the fall term begins, they can quickly locate resources by state that show how public and private schools compare.
  • The foundation found 33 states with comprehensive guides already online -- most run by private groups.
  • Only North and South Dakota, Arkansas, Rhode Island, Montana and Wyoming offer no Web-based information.

Aside from test scores, the best sites include information on class sizes, school sizes, education levels of teachers and how much background teachers have in the subjects they teach.

All the state Web sites were graded, and those for Colorado and Kentucky were named by the authors of the report as the best sites.

Source: Karen Thomas, "Guide Gauges U.S. Schools' Strengths," USA Today, August 14, 2001; based on Thomas Dawson and Mira Zawadzki, "The Report Card Report: America's Best Web Sites for School Profiles," July 5, 2001, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, (202) 546-4400.


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