Florida parents who want to know how their child’s school compares to others in the state can now receive that information almost instantly via the internet.

The annual Florida School Indicators Report contains statistics on all the state’s schools, including incidents of violent crime, student absenteeism, dropout rates, class size, and‹perhaps most important‹test scores.

The data can be found on a page of the Education Department web site:

http://www.firn.edu/doe/indicators.html

Organized by county, the data span 23 categories that gauge each school’s performance.

“Every parent with a computer will probably log on,” said Martin County Schools Assistant Superintendent Hank Salzler. “I get calls daily from parents wanting to know how our test scores rank statewide. And since test scores are the basis for performance-based budgeting, every legislator and school administrator is going to be looking online, too.”

Charts divide each county’s schools by grade level, with the number of students posted in the first column. The categories build a rough socioeconomic profile of each school by listing percentages of gifted, disabled, and limited English-speaking students, as well as those with more than 21 days of absence and those who participate in the subsidized lunch program.