There is a need for the public to monitor the efficacy of what the public funds. This certainly was the view in 1989 when the voters of California passed Proposition 98 – the Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act.
Since the passage of Proposition 98, every public K-12 school in California has published and distributed a School Accountability Report Card (SARC) as hard copy sent home to the parents and, as the revised law compelled, made available on the internet.
Did the use of this technology (i.e., the internet and the infrastructure it requires) realize its purpose – to inform?
What information transmitted via the technology and how easily can it be used? From this mandate, does the public know how its schools are performing and can it make informed judgments about directions and support to be given to its public schools?
Lorton Jr, Paul, "Public Comprehension of Published Data - Technology to the Rescue?" (2010). Business Analytics and Information Systems. 1.