Data and Analytics

Online Tool Offers Comparable Education Data for 100-Plus Cities

High-level policymakers and leaders need reliable data in order to make informed decisions that impact schools. In an effort to break down silos that exist in education data, the Bush Institute at the George W. Bush Presidential Center today released an interactive online tool that combines education data from multiple sources into one place.

State of Our Cities offers comparable data on more than 100 cities in the United States. Users can compare data across categories like student demographics, academic outcomes, district trends and school finances. In addition, users can delve deeper into certain cities to see how they are addressing challenges and ensuring education quality.

Data included in State of Our Cities is derived from the following sources:

“Education data are routinely collected by the federal government, state education agencies, school districts and other organizations,” the website states. “Too often though, these data are inconsistent, incomplete and difficult to access in a format that is practical for effective policy- and decision-making.”

State of Our Cities features data from 114 cities from all states except for Hawaii, which has a statewide school district. The platform will be routinely updated, as part of the Bush Institute's Education Reform initiative to “help ensure all students are on a path to success,” according to the organization.

To use the education data, visit the State of Our Cities site.

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Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at [email protected].