The New York Times has created a data visualization comparing education attainment in school districts across the United States based on the socioeconomic status and race of the parents of students which reveals substantial achievement gaps. The data comes from newly published research by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis, which analyzed reading and math test score data throughout the country. Users can examine how their school district compares to the rest of the country, as well as observe the relationship between race and socioeconomic status and educational attainment on a national level. The visualization illustrates that sixth graders in the richest school districts are four grade levels ahead, on average, of sixth graders in the poorest districts, and that racial gaps in attainment are larger in areas with large economic disparities.
Mapping How School Districts Stack Up
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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