I found out from the This Year at Jenks blog that the School District of Philadelphia just released the 2009 Annual Report and School Performance Index (SPI). The annual report is essentially an easy-to-read high level rating and demographic breakdown of every school in the district. The SPIs compare and rank schools with others in its region and demographic. Cool stuff, especially if you are considering moving to a certain region and are trying to compare the different school options. I wonder if I can get the same sort of performance measures from some of the surrounding suburban districts to get a sense of how the best Philly schools compare to the surrounding publics. I’ll be looking into that and will publish anything that I find.