A new state law aims to make sure parents and communities get a better feel for how their schools are performing. The law revamps the school report cards that are issued every year, outlining how students are doing on state tests, how many are graduating, diversity of the student body, and teacher experience.

Alton School District Assistant Superintendent Kristie Baumgartner (pictured) says this can be used as a tool for parents who are relocating, or just want to know how their school stacks up.

Baumgartner comments

The current school reports can run 15 pages long, but these new ones will be two pages with colorful, easy to understand graphics. The revamped report card will start being used for the 2013-2014 school year.