California will give parents one-stop shopping starting July 16 to compare neighborhood schools’ performance on everything from test scores to graduation rates to student demographics online, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The state education department’s new web site, www.schoolfinder.ca.gov, will gather at least 18 comparisons between schools that California had only made available until now through a variety of pages and links. "You can view a school’s academic rating, graduation and dropout rates, teacher-to-student ratio, and how much money each school receives per student," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says in a video message on the site. "It is an important tool in improving transparency and accountability in our education system." The site’s main page allows users to look up categories of schools—from elementary schools to juvenile hall—by city, address, or ZIP code. Information from up to three schools can be compared, side by side…

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