California public schools annually provide information about themselves to the community allowing the public to evaluate and compare schools for student achievement, environment, resources, and demographics.
In November 1988, California voters passed Proposition 98 [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/sa/prop98.asp], also known as The Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act. This ballot initiative provides California's public schools with a stable source of funding. In return, all public schools in California are required annually to prepare SARCs and disseminate them to the public. SARCs are intended to provide the public with important information about each public school and to communicate a school's progress in achieving its goals.