School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
Since November 1988, state law has required all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) annually. A similar requirement is also contained in the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The purpose of the SARC is to provide parents and the community with information about each public 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 vairety of indicators.
The SARC provides background information about the school and its students. The profile usually summerizes the school's mission, goals and accomplishments. State law requires that the SARC contain 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 and fiscal and expenditure data. The SARC will also include contain reports concerning "adequate yearly progress" of students in achieving state academic achievement standards; Title 1 Program Improvement; graduation rates at the secondary level; and the extent to which "higly qualified" teachers are teaching core academic subjects.