George W. Bush Institute unveiled a powerful new tool for educators across the nation to gain multi-tiered insight through comparative data of urban education systems across the US, and in relation to 25 international counter parts.  State of Our Cities provides global report card data on a city school district compared to the state, nation and the world and allows direct comparison between your city and another.

The data included in State of Our Cities are derived from:

  • Common Core of Data (CCD)
  • Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)
  • U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS)
  • EdFacts
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

The degree to which this information sheds light on the complexity of our educational systems is both mind boggling and enlightening,  The Bush Institute states “reliable data are essential to improving education”  and conveys that spotlighting on achievement gaps is a step to provide high quality education for every student. “Providing access to comparable education data at the city level can help empower city leaders and policymakers with the data they need to improve outcomes for all students.” Whether this will unfold remains to be seen, but the tool also takes the data one step further to address School Environment Matters and Pathways to College and Career Readiness.