Comparison Site Evaluates Schools' Performance, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, Calif., is publishing results of state tests for virtually every K-12 public school in the nation, allowing parents to choose the best schools for their children and track each schools' performance from year to year. The parent-friendly site delivers simple, straightforward explanations of tests and whatthey mean for families. Parents can search for schools by address through the site and get advice about navigating through the school system.

Beyond test scores, the site also offers parents a guide for schools in California and Arizona, including information about teachers, curriculum and special programs. Parents can access tools on the site to identify schools with the characteristics that are important to them, as well as receive regular e-mail updates about the performance of individual schools. The organization plans to add more states in the near future., San Francisco, CA, (415) 977-0700,

This article originally appeared in the 03/01/2002 issue of THE Journal.

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