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Comparing Teacher Turnover and Neighborhood Income

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Today, MeckEd launched our 2014 Interactive Data Maps in collaboration with UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute. The new maps, which give us in-depth looks at all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, use a data visualization program called Tableau to make it even easier to understand the story behind the numbers.Adam Rhew

For example, you now can see where a school ranks in comparison to other CMS schools on measures such as graduation rate and READY Proficiency Scores.

In talking with the Urban Institute’s John Chesser, We thought it would be interesting to use the data to take a look at how the income level in particular neighborhoods affects teacher turnover rates and READY Proficiency Scores.

The dashboards below focus on teacher turnover at the school level in CMS. Select the grey boxes near the top of the dashboard to see other views of the data or more information.

The top dashboard shows two maps with school data on top of a view of income for the county by ZIP code. The darker colored areas reflect higher per capita income. The map on the right shows the new READY proficiency scores by school. There is a clear pattern in the way that schools in higher income areas tend to score above the district average. The map on the left shows that those same patterns don’t hold as well for teacher turnover.

Adam Rhew is MeckEd’s Director of Public Policy and Communications