New Schools, Overcrowding Relief, and Achievement Gains in Los Angeles

Enrollment Shifts 2005, LAUSD District 6
This map diagrams the movement of over 1,200 students from 4 overcrowded schools to 2 new schools in 2005. Neighboring schools and special programs (such as charter schools) as well as district boundaries inform readers of the local context.
Client:   Policy Analysis for California Education - PACE

New schools, overcrowding relief, and achievement gains in Los Angeles – strong returns from a $19.5 billion investment. But PACE, a University of California policy institute, wanted detailed maps showing how this funding affected enrollments.

In order to illustrate the movement of students from overcrowded to newly built schools, PACE asked GreenInfo to design a set of maps showing the flow of enrollment over time.  The maps diagram the movement of over 1,200 students from 4 overcrowded schools to 2 new schools in 2005. Neighboring schools and special programs (such as charter schools) as well as district boundaries inform readers of the local context.  Additional maps show movement in the 2006 and 2008, as well as initial school overcrowding status in 2004.

Results: Maps created by GreenInfo allowed PACE to understand the movement on a spatial scale. The movement of students shown as a spatial "web", rather than cells in a table, made the data easier to understand while adding additional context. The policy brief features maps of student migration.

Focus:   Education, Social Justice/Equity  

Services:  GIS Services, Analysis, Data, Maps 

Tags:   Esri ArcGIS, Los Angeles, map, schools  

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—  Bruce Fuller, Professor, Education & Public Policy

Project Years: 2011 - 2012

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