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REL Midwest at American
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Regional Priority Story Maps

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REL Midwest EdMaps is a Web-mapping application that displays complex education 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.

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EdMaps will build knowledge across four educational priority areas in the Midwest region. Story maps on graduation rates—related to the two priority areas of college and career readiness and low-performing schools and school improvement—are available now. In development are story maps related to early childhood education and educator effectiveness.

EdMaps uses publicly available data from sources that include the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Common Core of Data, and state education agency websites. In addition to the individual story maps, all EdMaps data will be available through the custom map generator located in the top right corner of this page. The custom map generator is in development and will be available early in 2014. Story maps illustrate geographic patterns and do not provide or imply causal links in the data.

Please note that this site is still in development, and all story maps and related content are “works in progress”. Jason Narlock, Ph.D. at American Institutes for Research invites your questions and comments about the maps or functionality of the site. Your feedback is important.

REL Midwest is part of a network of 10 regional educational laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences and is administered by American Institutes for Research.

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  • College and Career Readiness
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educator Effectiveness
  • Low-Performing Schools

    This REL Midwest Edmaps website was developed under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0004 from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of IES or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government. The data presented in the mapping materials were retrieved from publicly available data sources. The materials illustrate geographic patterns in school- and district-level data. The materials do not provide or imply causal links in the data.

    Priority and focus school designations are not available for Illinois or Iowa at this time as their flexibility waivers are still under review. District level demographic data can still be explored in this map.
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    * Schools that award high school diplomas, such as K-12 schools or high schools, are categorized as priority or focus schools based on poverty and graduation rates. Schools that do not award high school diplomas, such as elementary or middle schools, are categorized as priority or focus schools based on poverty rates and performance on state tests. Because data on which schools award high school diplomas is not available in the source dataset, we assume in this map that schools with a grade 12 are also schools that award high school diplomas.

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