The report cards allow you to look up a wide range of data on both individual schools and school districts. Among other things, you've got data on test scores, finances, crime and safety and teacher licensure and experience.
In recent years, the release of the report cards has also resulted in comparisons between the Wake County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems.
Looking at EOG data for kids passing both the reading and math exams, Wake continues to have a higher overall passing rate than Charlotte, 71.9 percent compared to 66.3 percent. But CMS has a higher passing rate than Wake for white, black, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, non-economically disadvantaged and limited English proficient students.
On EOC tests, Wake also continues to be higher than CMS overall, 85.1 percent to 84.2 percent. But CMS has a higher passing rate than Wake for black, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged and limited English proficient students. Wake still narrowly outperforms CMS among white and non-economically disadvantaged students.
For both the EOG and EOCs results, Wake still is higher overall because it has more white and affluent students than CMS.
Supporters of Wake's old diversity policy often cite the funding disparity between the two districts to explain the recent academic gains in CMS.
The report cards show that Charlotte is spending $8260.80 per student compared to $7886.35 for Wake. That's a difference of $374.45 per student.
The funding disparity is largely due to Charlotte getting $384.38 more per student in federal dollars than Wake. Charlotte also gets $22.33 more per student in state dollars than Wake. But Wake is getting $32.26 more in local dollars than CMS.