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Web site will give parents school info


A new state Web site goes live tomorrow that will give parents better access to information about Michigan schools. The Web site, mischooldata.org, will compile data that parents used to have to hunt for in different places.

Tom Howell of the Center for Educational Performance and Information says eventually there will be more information available – like graduation rates, and how well high schools are preparing students:

"So we’ll be looking at things like college enrollment patterns, persistence, whether or not students need remediation, so, did the high school prepare that student adequately for success once they got to college."

Howell says information such as state test scores, ATC scores, and how schools are faring under No Child Left Behind measurements will be among the first things available on the site.

Sarah Hulett is Michigan Public's Director of Amplify & Longform, helping reporters to do their best work.