ARLINGTON, VA — January 6, 2010 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) recently released web-based School Report Cards (SRCs) in an effort to provide more information on school performance and accountability.
DoDEA’s SRCs will be very similar to the SRCs that are required by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The SRCs list school contact information, school improvement goals, a school’s student demographic profile, and academic indicators such as the SAT and TerraNova scores.
The SRCs were created as a part of DoDEA’s response to greater accountability to parents and stakeholders. They are designed to help families who may be transitioning to DoDEA schools by giving them an overview of a new school before their child ever sets foot in the classroom. This year marks the initial launch of the SRCs.
Dr. Shirley A. Miles, DoDEA’s Director, expressed the importance that the School Report Cards will play in continuing to provide a high quality education to all military dependents.
“These school report cards will allow for parents to visually see how each school is faring so that they can work with schools to address their child’s educational needs,” she said. “We want to ensure that we are providing a high quality level of education to our students and working towards continuous improvement. I believe that these report cards will not only show evidence of that, but they will show our commitment to being more transparent and communicative.”
Mr. Charles Toth, DoDEA’s Principal Deputy Director & Associate Director for Education, also stressed the importance of using the School Report Cards, particularly for parents.
“Considering the frequency with which military families move, this is a great tool to help parents get a feel for where their student is to attend school well before their child’s first day,” he said. “So when a child has to transition to a new school they are prepared and know what to expect.”
The SRCs also contain valuable information that will be of use to representatives at the headquarters, area, and district levels so that they can become familiar with the schools that they will be visiting.
In the future, it is anticipated that the SRCs will include expanded data on graduation rates, attendance rates, and information on elementary and middle schools.
To access the SRCs, visit: https://webapps.dodea.edu/SRC/
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality, public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.