What school is your child zoned for? How does it compare with other schools nearby? These are just a few of the questions that parents and community members can answer starting today with new features on School Facts Jax.
A school locator and comparison tool are part of the first of two planned expansion phases of our School Facts Jax website that makes public school information easily accessible and simple to use.
School Facts Jax offers up-to-date academic performance data for all public schools in Duval County, including not just FCAT performance but also indicators such as college and kindergarten readiness and participation in advanced coursework. It also shows new ways to look at county-wide and regional school data, plus a glossary and resources to make understanding school jargon easier.
"There are mountains of data out there about education, but it's often hard to make sense of it all," said Trey Csar, President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. "School Facts Jax goes beyond school grades to give a more holistic picture of school performance."
The features are the first of two expansion phases made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with generous support from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. School Facts Jax is a winner of the Knight Community Information Challenge, a grant that seeks to support innovation in information distribution to build strong communities by informing and engaging residents.
- Deirdre Conner