States are failing to effectively communicate essential information to families, educators, and communities about how their schools are doing, a new report finds.

The report, Show Me the Data: State Report Cards Must Answer Questions and Inform Action, released today by the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), finds that states are not meeting basic expectations for producing report cards that are easy to access and understand for all community members.

DQC’s analysis found clunky formats, obscure terms, and missing data prevent people from understanding the full picture of education in their state. Titles and descriptions were often packed with...

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