The Jacksonville Public Education Fund on Friday announced the launch of a website that puts data about Duval County public schools at the fingertips of parents, advocates and community members.
SchoolFactsJax.org presents information about public school performance through easy-to-use, interactive charts and visualizations.
"Despite the quantity of information out there, it can be tough for parents and community members to find a coherent, comprehensive and user-friendly place to understand how our schools are performing academically," said Trey Csar, president of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.
SchoolFactsJax.org contains key district-wide academic information, such as graduation rates for Duval County and every county in the state. Or, users can look up any individual school in Duval County for a complete report with up to six specific progress indicators that go well beyond just school grades.
The website was formally launched at the Jacksonville Public Library Regency Square Branch. The libraries will feature SchoolFactsJax.org on its throughout the system.
":ibraries play a key role in the educational success of students," said library Director Barbara Gubbin. "Parents often come to the library searching for information about their children’s school."
In addition to academic performance information, SchoolFactsJax.org links to Duval County Public Schools as well as the many partner agencies such as after school programs, PTAs and enrichment activities.
“This is one of many partnerships that you will be seeing which brings together resources that parents can use to make informed decisions about their child's education. This new tool will help fill the gaps in our current and future strategic plan,” said Dr. Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Duval County Public Schools.
This is only the first phase of SchoolFactsJax.org. Expansion plans will be announced early in the new year.
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has received support from a number of local and national sources to fund its expansion, including The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, Bruce Bower, Jim Swanson, Fidelity National Financial and others.