Want to compare public schools? The California Department of Education has a new tool to make it easier.
Called the School Quality Snapshot, you just plug in a school name and wait for it to generate a couple-page report that includes all sorts of information, such as academic performance, ethnic make-up, class sizes and more.
It also includes averages for the school district the school's in and for the state. For example, Newport Coast Elementary, the report shows currently has smaller class sizes than the Newport-Mesa Unified School District as a whole. And English/language arts, math and science scores there exceed district averages.