The school year starts next week for most western New York kids and now their parents have access to some important information about local educators through an online database that provides teacher and principal evaluation ratings online.
It's the first time this kind of data has been released to the public thanks to new evaluation rules signed into law in 2012.
You cannot access specific names in compliance with state law but you can find out how teachers and principals at your school rate on a scale from highly effective to ineffective.
The most current data covers the 2012 to 2013 school year.
If you want to check the teacher and principal ratings at your public school click on the Newslinks section on our website.