Assessing School Conditions in a Metropolitan Area
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This lesson uses census geography, census demographic data, and educational statistics data to analyze school conditions in metropolitan Denver, Colorado. The same procedures could be used to analyze school conditions and demographics in any area of the USA.
This contains data sets from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Educational Statistics (as a backup), a readme file, a presentation about using GIS in educational research, and the lesson in DOC and PDF formats.
Washington University in St. Louis
U.S. Census Bureau
One of the common analytical needs in educational research is to consider schools in their neighborhood context. Regardless of how we choose to define neighborhood geography, we share some common challenges: (1) how do we get the neighborhood-level data they need to support their analysis, and (2) how do we link neighborhood-level data to schools in those neighborhoods? This brief exercise offers an example of how to access publicly available school and neighborhood-level data from federal statistical agencies, and how to use a GIS to integrate and examine these data.
Created April 2010.
Revised May 2010. Small improvements, Joseph Kerski.