The G.A.P.S. Project: Development of an Interactive Data-Mapping Tool

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Master of Science in Educational Technology


Educational Technology

Major Advisor

Kerry Rice


With regard to both access and achievement, inequity is an ongoing issue for students who come from impoverished homes, who are racial/ethnic minorities and/or those who do not speak English as their primary language (Gordon, Bridglall & Meroe, 2005). Traditional methods of viewing interrelated indicators that demonstrate these inequities, including population, economics and student performance, are constrained to a series of tables and charts that must be sifted and rearranged to examine their relationships. Focusing on Seattle Public Schools, the Geographic Academic Performance - Seattle (G.A.P.s.) project described in this report consists of an interactive data-mapping tool that integrates publicly available student performance, population and economic data with population and economic overlay maps from the 2000 Census. Together, these data provide geographically based, contextual relationships to inform decision-making and problem-solving regarding the inequity of outcomes within Seattle Public Schools.

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