2014 Mass EduData Challenge
Visualizing, Exploring, & Informing the Future of Massachusetts Elementary & Secondary School Education
Elementary and secondary school education in Massachusetts– as a top priority of the Commonwealth - is funded annually at both the state and municipal levels. It represents an essential milestone for nearly 75,000 new graduates annually, and drives a crucial pillar of the Commonwealth’s 21st century economy.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) maintains extensive data sets on education from all of the state’s 351 cities and towns and is seeking to spark additional engagement and innovation around its data through the launch of the Mass EduData Challenge- a six week competition aimed at engaging the public in viewing, analyzing, and visualizing Massachusetts educational data to produce new insights, tools, and opportunities to improve outcomes and drive social benefit in the Commonwealth.
Visualizations and insights produced through the Mass EduData Challenge hold the potential to impact the awareness and understanding of education data across the Commonwealth, helping to inform and drive decisions around funding, achievement, equity, and future policies.
The data is available now and the Mass EduData Challenge will official kick-off on Wednesday, May 28th with a “Team Building & Mentoring Event” hosted at hack/reduce – the Cambridge, MA based community “hackerspace”. At the event, participants will be encouraged to review the data, connect and consult with domain experts, and begin to form both their teams and the foundation for their ideas for eventual submission.
The data challenge is designed to encourage participants to choose their own most compelling “lens“ through which to analyze the data, which may include: illustrating relationships involving funding, tests scores, or distribution and predictability of educational outcomes.
Accountability Report - Summary of accountability data for public schools and districts.
Advanced Placement Participation - Count of students who took one or more an Advanced Placement exams for each subject.
Advanced Placement Performance - Count of students who received each possible score on the Advanced Placement exam for each subject.
AMAO Report - Summary of annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAOs) for LEP students in public school districts receiving federal Title III funds
C70 Foundation/Spending - Chapter 70 Foundation Budget and Net School Spending Trends
Class Size by Gender and Selected Populations - Count of classes and average class size for each subject by gender, Limited English Proficient and Low Income.
Class Size by Race/Ethnicity - Count of classes and average class size for each subject by race/ethnicity
Collaborative Level of Need - Collaborative Level of Need
Ed Prep Candidate Enrollment
Ed Prep Employment by Prog Char - Ed Prep Employment by Prog Char
Ed Prep Employment by Program - Ed Prep Employment by Program
Ed Prep Employment by Year - Ed Prep Employment by Year
Ed Prep MTEL Pass Rates
Ed Prep Program Completers - Ed Prep Program Completers
Ed Prep Staff by Race/Gender - Ed Prep Faculty Race and Gender
Educator Evaluation Data - Educator Evaluation Performance
Enrollment by Grade - Count of students by grade, including pre-kindergarten (PK), kindergarten (K) and special education beyond grade 12 (SP).
Enrollment by Kindergarten - Enrollment by Kindergarten
Enrollment by Race/Gender - Percent of public school students by race and gender.
Enrollment by Selected Population - Count and percent of public school students in subgroups First Language Not English (FNLE), Limited English Proficient (LEP), Special Education, Low-Income, Free Lunch and Reduced Lunch
Grades Offered By District
Graduates Attending Higher Ed.
Graduation Rates - Percent of students who graduate with a regular high school diploma within 4 or 5 years by student group.
In/Out of District FTE - In-District and Out-of-District FTE Average Membership
MCAS Achievement Results - Percent of students at each performance level by grade and subject.
MCAS Open Response Items - MCAS Open Response Items
MCAS Participation - Number and percent of students participating in the MCAS by each grade, subject and subgroup.
MCAS Test Item Analysis - Average test item score, percent of students answering items correctly, percent of responses for each choice, and the correct multiple-choice answer.
Mobility Rate Report - Students transferring into or out of public schools, districts or the state.
Non-Public School Report - A list of enrollment by grade for non-public schools.
Per Pupil Expenditure
Plans of High School Grads
School Attending Children - A list of the counts of students attending each type of school by town.
Special Education Results
Staffing Age Report
Staffing Data by Race/ Ethnicity and Gender
Student Discipline - Student Discipline data is reported from the Student Safety and Discipline Report (SSDR)
Teacher Data Report
Teacher Grade and Subject Report - Full time equivalent (FTE) count and percent of teachers for each subject and at each grade range.
Teacher Program Area - Full time equivalent (FTE) count and percent of teachers in General Education, Special Education, Career & Vocational Education amd English Language Learning.
Teacher Salaries - Salary total, full time equivalent (FTE) count and average teacher salary by district.
Technology - Number of students for every "modern" computer and the percent of classrooms with Internet access.
- Use of Core Data
Has the project used the core data provided for the data challenge in an interesting way? Does the visualization present compelling correlations? Does the visualization suggest actionable insights?
- Use of Comparative Data Sources
Has the project incorporated comparative data provided for the data challenge in an interesting way?
Is the visualization interactive? Can the public readily engage with the data?
Is this visualization immediately useful? Is it easy to learn and navigate the content?
- Aesthetic Design
Is the data presented in an aesthetic, effective, and imaginative way?
Best use of data
The project with the best use of core and comparative data. The data represented is useful, insightful, and actionable insights can be derived.
Most visually compelling
Collaboarative Data Contribution
Automatic placement into HubSpot Jumpstart: A Scholarship Program for seed-stage startups. Qualification requirements waived and reduced fee for participation
A startup strategy session with Jean Hammond and Eileen Rudden - Angel Investors
To be eligible for a prize, data visualization projects:
- Particpants must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by a parent.
- Must be open sourced following the event
- Must not include proprietary code that would limit the use by members of the Department of Education
- Must incorporate some or all of the core data sets as listed on Github
- Any other data sets used during the challenge must also be publicly available
Submissions must include:
- A link to the data visualization on a website, or screen shots of the visualization
- The code accompanying the visualization
When & Where
hack/reduce // Boston's Big Data hackerspace