Oregon Department of Education
The Oregon Department of Education Web site is full of reports about Oregon schools. On this Web site you will also find Report Cards for individual Oregon schools. Educational performance and improvement are the focus of the Oregon School Report Card rating system. Schools are rated on several measures – student performance, student behavior, and school characteristics – these measures are combined to yield an Overall School Performance Rating of exceptional, strong, satisfactory, low, or unacceptable. A full explanation of this performance system is found at the Web site.
Washington Board of Education
Located in Olympia, the state capitol of Washington, The Washington State Board of Education Web site provides prospective Washington parents all the details they need to acquaint themselves with Washington State educational policies.
Molly Huffman's School Choices Book
Molly Huffman's book, School Choices in Greater Portland (ISBN: 0-9639879-6-8), is considered by many Portlanders and newcomers as the best source for researching Portland area schools. You can order it online from Powell's Books in Portland. The book covers the following public school districts: Beaverton, Gresham-Barlow, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, North Clackamas, Portland, Riverdale, Tigard-Tualatin, and West Linn-Wilsonville. There are chapters on private schools and preschools.