Explore state education data, understand inequity through new interactive, data visualization features

Posted on May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017

By Alex Baptiste
Data Analytics Associate

As a follow-up to Every Student Counts: The State We’re In 2016-2017, we’ve developed a new set of data visualization tools that allow users to access local data on educational equity and filter it based on factors including poverty and race.

Our interactive maps highlight demographic differences, resource disparities and postsecondary attainment gaps throughout the state. The data show how inequitable our education system really is.

Poverty and race maps demonstrate that poverty is not a black or white issue, it is black and white. Students of all colors are affected by poverty throughout the state, and Illinois needs to do more to support its neediest students. Explore this map by dragging the race and poverty filters at the top, or selecting different districts with your mouse.

The funding adequacy map provides insight into which districts are underresourced, and which have resource surpluses. Illinois ranks 49th in funding adequacy, and low-income students are overwhelmingly educated in underresourced school districts. Students of color are significantly less likely than whites to be in underresourced school districts. Explore this map by adjusting for race, poverty and level of adequacy with the filters, and see what districts lose under the current funding system.

The postsecondary attainment maps show how many adults had associate’s, bachelor’s and/or graduate degrees in 2010 and 2015 at a county level. Explore this map by selecting a degree level (associate’s+, bachelor’s+ and graduate) and a trend (large growth, growth, decline, large decline) to see which counties are moving towards the 60 by 25 goal and which ones need additional support. Once tools are selected, you can also highlight certain counties with your mouse to see how degree attainment affects median income in selected counties.

The bachelor’s degree attainment maps show how many black, Latino and white adults have obtained a bachelor’s degree by 2015 at the county level. This provides important insight into the racial disparities of educational opportunities in different counties. Click on a county to see opportunity gaps.

We look forward to sharing more of these tools as we develop them. If you would like more information, or to host a tutorial or webinar, contact me at abaptiste@advanceillinois.org.