Need to learn more about California's public schools? There's now an app for that.
On Monday, officials with the California Department of Education introduced its first mobile app, which offers users information about the state's 10,000 public schools.
With the free CA Schools app, users can find districts or schools based on their location and learn more details about specific schools, including contact information and test scores.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, "Never before have we put so much school information literally in the hands of our students, parents, and community members and made the information so accessible and user-friendly. Home buyers can check out schools in their prospective neighborhoods. Parents heading to a child's away game can map directions to the host school. There are all kinds of potential uses."
According to CDE officials, the CA School app "draws upon the same data as the CDE's California School Directory and links to additional content on the CDE's Web site such as a school's California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test results. In addition to location-based searches, users can find schools by city, county, school district, and ZIP code. Users can search specifically for charter schools and even private schools."