About School Accountability Report Cards
What is a School Accountability Report Card (SARC)?
Since November 1988, state law has required all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and
distribute a SARC. A similar requirement is also contained in the federal Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with
important 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 variety
of indicators. Azusa Unified School District makes available its school report cards in both English and
School Accountability Report Card- Hard Copy Availability Notification
The School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is intended to provide parents and community members with a quick snapshot of information related to individual public schools. On each school website, you will find the reports for each of our schools in English and Spanish. If you would like a hard copy of this report, please contact the Principal of the school or email AUSD Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What information does the SARC contain?
Although there is great variation in the design of school report cards, they generally begin with a profile that
provides background information about the school and its students. The profile usually summarizes the
school's mission, goals, and accomplishments. State law requires that the SARC contain all of the following:
- 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
- Fiscal and expenditure data
How often must a SARC be updated?
School report cards must be updated annually.
How are schools required to distribute the SARC?
State law generally encourages schools to make a concerted effort to notify parents of the purpose of the
report cards and to ensure that all parents receive a copy of the report card for the school their child
attends. Specifically, schools are required to notify all parents about the availability of the SARC and to
provide parents with instructions about how the SARC can be obtained both through the Internet (if feasible)
and on paper (upon request). If 15% or more of a school's enrolled students speak a single primary
language other than English, state law requires that the SARC also be prepared and made available to these
parents in the appropriate primary language.
How can a parent find out more about California's public schools?
If you have questions or need information about a specific school, you can call, email, or write to the school
or the district office. You can also schedule an appointment to visit the school and meet with the school's
administrators and staff.
Reprinted from the California Department of Education's "A Parent's Guide to the SARC."
For past SARCs, contact the district office.