An Overview of GOSA Data Dashboards
June 26, 2017
By Polina Aleshina
The GOSA Data Dashboards provide stakeholders, educators, parents, and students with data on Georgia public K-12 schools, technical colleges, and colleges/universities. The five data dashboards currently available are the Georgia School Reports, High School Graduate Outcomes, Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings, Schools like Mine, and the Interactive Education Data Map. Each dashboard provides a unique, interactive view of Georgia public education, such as details on how high school students fare after graduation, the median salaries of technical college and college/university graduates, and how schools with similar characteristics compare academically. This education update outlines the function and features of the available GOSA Data Dashboards.
Georgia School Grades Reports
The Georgia School Grades Reports provide concise school reports for all public elementary, middle, and high schools and school districts in Georgia. These reports include A-F letter grades based on school performance, as well as performance on statewide assessments, school demographics, the graduation rate, and other academic information. Users can also compare their search with other schools or districts and can reference the Schools Like Mine dashboard to help guide their search. Information on the data can be accessed by clicking on the question marks to the right of the headings or by accessing the reference page. Users can download a PDF of the information by clicking on the “Download PDF” button at the bottom of the page. The site is also available in Spanish.
Figure 1: Georgia School Grades Reports CCRPI Comparison
Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings
The Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings (GHLE) dashboard provides information on earnings for Georgia technical college and college/university graduates who work in Georgia for the first and fifth years after graduation. Users can view information by program of study/major, degree type, and Georgia public technical college or college/university. The dashboard also provides earnings information for the most popular and highest earning degrees, allows for comparison between differing degree types, programs of study, and/or colleges, and includes a section on the highest earning and most popular programs of study statewide.
Figure 2: Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings Search Feature
To begin, users select a degree type, which populates the choices in the other fields. To repopulate the field, the user can either reselect 'Choose a Degree Type' or click the 'Clear Selection' button near the bottom of the page. The dashboard displays summary information about the median earnings after one and five years after graduation and how the specified major compares to other majors within the same degree type. For example, selecting statewide results for a Bachelor’s in Computer and Information Sciences produces the following:
Figure 3: Example of GHLE Results
Figure 4: GHLE Comparison Tool Search Feature
Users can also compare two different degrees, programs of study, or colleges with the ‘Comparison Tool’ tab. This tool displays information about the difference in earnings between the two choices with bar graphs.
More information on the dashboard can be found in an accompanying research report or the GHLE snapshot.
High School Graduate Outcomes Dashboard
The High School Graduate Outcomes dashboard provides information on the paths that public high school graduates take after graduation.
The dashboard generates the following information:
- Number of students who graduated from the selected district or high school for a given year
- Top colleges/universities by enrollment—disaggregated by in-state and out-of-state institutions
- Percentage of graduates enrolling in college outside of Georgia, enrolling in public, private, or technical college in Georgia, or working in Georgia
- Highest postsecondary credentials earned five years after high school graduation
- Percentage of high school graduates who join the workforce without a certificate or degree
- Percentage of students who require remediation in college
Figure 5: High School Graduate Outcomes Dashboard
The dashboard initially shows statewide data. Users can narrow down the data by selecting a specific district, high school, and graduating class year. Users can also access more information about the data by clicking the blue question mark in the right corner of each section’s title, or by accessing the Calculation Guide.
Schools like Mine Dashboard
The Schools Like Mine dashboard allows parents, educators, and community members to find schools with similar student populations to their school. It also lists the school’s letter grade and College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) score to allow for comparison of performance between the “like” schools. The dashboard prompts users to select a district, school, grades served, and two comparison criteria.
This dashboard lists up to seven similar Georgia public schools based upon the criteria selected and up to five schools based upon all criteria in the list. Users have the option to sort data by district, school, letter grade/CCRPI, number of enrolled students, percent of economically disadvantaged students, percent of students with disabilities, percent of English Language Learners, and race/ethnicity. The school's letter grade and CCRPI score are listed only for reference and are not included in the selection criteria.
Figure 6: Schools Like Mine Search Tool
Figure 7: Schools Like Mine Criteria
Interactive Education Data Map
The Interactive Education Data Map includes district-level data on student mobility, student demographics, standardized test performance, CCRPI scores, and community demographics. The dashboard is composed of three visible graphics: a scatter plot, a map of Georgia school districts, and a color-coded key. Users can minimize, maximize, or rearrange the fit of each of the three windows and can hover over or click on specific areas of interest to see exact values of a specific district.
The Explanation of Variables Included in the Interactive Education Data Map provides further explanation of the map’s capabilities and elaborates on what data are used in map creation.
Moving forward, GOSA will continue to refine and update the data dashboards with new data, insights, and features. GOSA is committed to providing parents, students, and community members with easy-to-understand information on public education and plans to develop new dashboards in the coming months.