Deciding where to locate? Are schools important to you?
For many buyers, schools are an important part of the decision when deciding where to live. To that end, the California Department of Education has valuable resources online for you!
On the California Department of Education website (http://www.cde.gov) you may want to look at:
Data and Statistics - http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/ - which has "Data and statistics collected from California schools and learning support resources to identify trends and educational needs and to measure performance."
School Performance - http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/ - which has "Data pertaining to school performance or ranking, such as the Academic Performance Index (API) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)."
Testing and Accountability - http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ - which has "Provides information on student academic achievement and program requirements."
There's much more information available online to you at the CDE website.
And even if you are not interested in the schools from a personal point of view, you should be considering their effect on the resale value of the home you are considering.