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Michigan to launch a new online school evaluation tool

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In early January, the public will have a new online resource to vet and compare public schools.  

The so-called "school transparency dashboard" will have information about every school in Michigan. That includes things like graduation rates, test results, student/teacher ratios, advanced coursework, post-secondary school enrollment, and disciplinary data. 

According to Chris Janzer of the Michigan Department of Education, parents are a key audience.

"They can know more about what's going on in their kid's school or, if they're interested in a new school or different schools, they can go to this one place and have it all at their fingertips," said Janzer.

Janzer said over time, additional information will be added to the "dashboard," such as extra-curricular and before and after school programs, and financial reports.

The "dashboard" is intended to comply with the accountability requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.