California is the first state in the nation to get enhanced school ratings from GreatSchools, an Oakland-based nonprofit.
The improved ratings now include course access, student progress and equity — which are intended to help parents choose schools, advocate to improve them and support their children’s education.
Those measures are in addition to test scores and other data that was previously included in school profiles on the group’s website.
“We believe schools must serve the needs of every child, in every community, and we know that parents play an enormous role in ensuring this happens,” said Matthew Nelson, president of GreatSchools. “We hope our new rating system and school profiles will further enable parents to be strong advocates for their children — and all children in their communities — to help all kids have a shot at success.”