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Reinventing School Report Cards to Empower Families

Resources to assist states reimagine their public reporting tool to reflect state priorities, highlight the breadth of  school data and most importantly, be parent-friendly.


States should reinvent their school report cards as a 21st-century, easy-to-use tool for empowering parents and students. ExcelinEd offers extensive resources to assist states reimagine their public reporting tool to reflect state priorities, highlight the breadth of school data and most importantly, be parent-friendly.

About the Know Your School Project

In recognition of the limitations of current state public school accountability reports, ExcelinEd sponsored the My School Information Design Challenge in December 2014 to reimagine the public reporting of school accountability data. Following that competition, ExcelinEd brought the design challenge to life with the winners, Collaborative Communications and Social Driver, as well as community data partner Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

ExcelinEd and these partners developed and launched Know Your Florida School, an exemplar online school report card tool featuring data from the state of Florida. Know Your Florida School’s engaging, mobile-friendly interface put information about local schools—from student performance to the details of Florida’s school grades—into context to help parents access and use the data. Though the prototype site is now archived, extensive resources – including the open-source code – remains available. The framework and resources are designed to provide states with everything they need to reimagine their own public reporting tool.

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