School performance is an unwieldy concept. Even with quantitative measures – test scores, school quality ratings, graduation rates, college enrollment â€“ it can be difficult to understand and describe the state of schools, especially over time.
To tackle this problem, Patty Lawless of Metropolitan Organizations for People (MOP) asked Piton to visualize school performance for Denver Public Schools in the Corridorâ€™s Near Northeast neighborhoods.
The graphic (available here or below) â€“ made with free Google tools â€“ shows the relationship between School Performance Framework (SPF) ratings and Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) scores over three years.
Pressing the play button at the bottom of the graphic will animate the school data over time. Near Northeast schools are highlighted in green. Using the interactive axes, you can view the percent of students proficient in math, reading and writing. Click on a school to isolate it and compare its performance to other DPS schools.
This tool is useful for exploring previously unseen patterns in the data. For example, although Manual High Schoolâ€™s 2010 SPF score (47%) is nearly identical to its 2008 score (46%), in that time it increased the percent of students who are proficient or advanced twofold in math and a third in reading.
Lawless presented this graphic at MOPâ€™s May Education committee meeting. It was so well-received, MOP asked Piton to make another graphic showing CSAP scores for Near Northeast schools over the past six years.
Explore the data:
Access the data that fuels the visualizations
DPS schools, 2008-2010 SPF and CSAP [Google Doc]
Near Northeast Schools, 2004-2010 CSAP [Google Doc]
Download raw data from the source