A research team at Stanford University just released a huge report several days ago dealing with “Local education inequities across U.S.” The Stanford team collected testing data and other information on every school district in the nation. Then, using the National Assessment of Educational Progress as a common ruler, the Stanford team says they placed test results from 50 different state systems onto a common grading scale so that meaningful analysis between states and districts is now possible. This enormous database is available online, for free (registration is required) at the Stanford Education Data Archive.
It didn’t take long for people to jump into this new treasure trove of school performance data. One of the first groups is from the New York Times newspaper, where a team already assembled some really interesting comparison graphics in an article titled “Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares.”
I decided to see how the Times rated Kentucky’s largest school district’s performance.
The results aren’t pretty.