In past years, Donna Gelwicks spent hours typing information about her children's school and other schools throughout the state into her computer.
When data from the Maryland School Performance Program Report was entered, she could print out graphs comparing Pangborn Elementary School with other schools in the county. There was no easy way to do this by flipping through the pages, Gelwicks said.
On Tuesday that changed.
Now, parents who are interested in their children's schools will not have to do nearly as much work. For the first time, the Maryland Department of Education has posted information about schools' test scores, demographics, attendance rates and more on the World Wide Web.
"The only people who really see a copy of the book are the CAC members and the PTA executive committees," said Gelwicks, who is co-chairwoman of the Northern Middle School Citizens Advisory Committee and has a daughter who goes to Pangborn Elementary School.