Parents who want a quick, easy snapshot of their child's school's performance can have it now with the release of a "school performance index" number for each of the state's 1,200 schools.
But what does that number mean and how will it be used exactly? That is a far more complicated question.
Robert Rader, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education said he has "mixed thoughts" on the new index system. "If it helps districts help all their students succeed than we will be — in the long run — in favor."