Parents, students and anyone else looking for an easy way to find test scores, student demographics figures and other information about their local schools can now find that data with a few quick taps on their smartphones.
The California Department of Education has developed the free CA Schools mobile app, available for IOS and Android devices, that lets users locate nearby schools based on their current location and provides details — including contacts and directions — along with the school’s California School Dashboard profile page.
“Never before have we put so much school information literally in the hands of our students, parents, and community members and made the information so accessible and user-friendly,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a news release.
“Home buyers can check out schools in their prospective neighborhoods. Parents heading to a child’s away game can map directions to the host school. There are all kinds of potential uses,” he said.
The app offers detailed information on each of the state’s more than 10,000 public schools. It links users to content on the Department of Education’s data website. In addition to location-based searches, users can find schools by city, county, school district and ZIP code.
The CA Schools mobile app is available for free download through Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store.