For the first time in D.C., parents can compare traditional and charter public schools on a variety of measures including how students do on tests, how many attend classes and what the suspension and expulsion rates are.
The nearly 800-page Equity Report uses the same metrics for traditional and charter schools so its an apples-to-apples comparison. And Scott Pearson, who heads the charter school board, says there's also more detailed information than was previously available, not just about schools, but also subgroups of students.
"For the first time, we can see how much growth is school achieving with students with disabilities, what are the suspension rates of Latinos compared to white students," Pearson says.
You can also see how information on how each school compares to the city-wide average. Traditional and charter schools have been working on this for about a year.
District of Columbia School Equity Reports 2013