Regardless of whether or not you have children your home value is reflected in the buyer’s perceived value of local schools. So at the very least you will want to know what is happening in the local school district or you may even want to get more involved in what is happening in the local schools. Schools are always looking for volunteers. Perhaps you could be a room parent (no children in the school is required) or you could be a tutor. Volunteering at the school dances or athletic events is another way you can help. If you would rather write a check to be used for supplies or athletic equipment I am sure that would appreciate that as well.
Things are changing not only in our local school district but throughout California. In the past school performances were given an API number – the higher the number the better the school. The new ranking will show as a color coordinated pie chart. There will be state indicators as well as local indicators. This may or may not help someone decide if they want their child/children to go to that particular school. The state has mandatory indicators including but not limited to English Learner Progress, College/Career, Suspension Rate. Local indicators include Parental Engagement, Local Climate Survey and Implementation of Academic Standards.
Time will tell if this will be successful or not. Some of the indicators seem logical, others don’t. What does the suspension rate have to do with the ability of the teachers to implement standards? I would prefer a student being suspended if necessary rather than disrupting the entire class.
For more information go to the website http://www.cde.ca.gov/ to acquaint yourself with this new method. Once there click on California School Dashboard.