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School Accountability Report Card – SARC

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 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act . 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.

Where can I view Centennial’s SARC?

Click here to view CHS’ most recent SARC in English or Spanish.

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

In addition, NCLB requires that SARCs contain reports concerning the   “adequate yearly progress” of students in achieving state academic achievement standards; Title 1 Program Improvement; graduation rates at the secondary level; and, starting with the SARCs to be published in 2004–05, the extent to which  “highly qualified” teachers are teaching core academic subjects.