British Columbia offers more information about its schools than any other province, but collects and distributes it in a way that discourages school comparisons, said a new study.

Alberta is a close second in terms of the amount of data made available, but gets extra points for providing the information in a format that allows schools to be sorted and compared, said a release from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, which is working with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies to develop a report card for Western Canadian schools.

“Releasing information on high schools at the school level means that poorly performing schools do not get to hide behind strong board results. At the same time, high-performing schools don’t see their performance misrepresented by poorly performing school boards — and people in those schools’ communities can celebrate that success, build upon it and show others the way,” said authors Rick Audas and Bobby O’Keefe.