REL Midwest announces EdMaps, a new Web-mapping application that displays educational data geographically as “story maps.” EdMaps helps users analyze publicly available school- and district-level data, observe trends over time, and frame conversations on practice and policy. EdMaps debuted with initial story maps on graduation rates and poverty levels, addressing two priority areas in the Midwest—college and career readiness and low-performing schools and school improvement. In development are story maps related to early childhood education and educator effectiveness. Also in development is a custom map generator. The EdMaps application uses publicly available data from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Common Core of Data, and state education agency websites. EdMaps is a work in progress, and Matt Burke, a researcher at REL Midwest at American Institutes for Research, welcomes your questions and comments about the site as well as suggestions for future story maps. Story maps illustrate geographic patterns and do not provide or imply causal links in the data.
This guest blog was submitted by REL Midwest.