Visualization Contest: The State of Education in Colorado

by Visually 1 year ago Filed Under: Design

Yesterday, we announced the launch of an infographic competition with the Guardian Datablog and UNESCO’s GMR. Today we’re launching another contest with Colorado Succeeds.

Colorado Succeeds is a nonprofit organization founded on the premise that the business community has the obligation, opportunity and capacity to increase the college and workforce readiness of all students.

Both of these contests center around education, and make the case that it is in everyone’s best interest to improve education of young people.

The Challenge is to use 3 years of data released by the state of Colorado Department of Education to uncover trends in the Colorado public school system. This contest is about using data visualization to uncover insights that would otherwise be hidden in the data.

Visually is serving as the unbiased judge in the competition. The criteria for winning are:

  • Accurate portrayal of the data and analysis, using the visuals you choose.
  • Displayed distillation of complex data into easily digestible visuals.
  • Observance of a hierarchy of importance of visual properties and best labeling practices.
  • Use of words to sell, tell, propel readers to action, speak authoritatively and distinctively, attract, invite, intrigue, encourage, evoke, promote, promise, inform.
  • Use of accurate context in the visualizations and in the text.
  • Demonstrate an understanding on the subject matter.

 
Everyone loves prizes, and this competition has some great prizes. The top three visual analyses will be awarded cash prizes:
    1st: $3,500
    2nd: $1,000
    3rd: $500

 
In addition, qualified visualizers will become Certified Designers on the Visually Marketplace.

Colorado Succeeds has a few questions that they hope to have answered by the entries:

  • How have grades changed over time across the state (or perhaps more importantly how have they remained the same)?
  • Where are the high performing schools primarily located?
  • Are there correlations between high performing schools and student demographics (free/reduced lunch is a proxy for poverty or by race) – Do poor and minority kids have access to high performing schools?
  • Academic growth is an indicator used in the grading system. It is described in more detail below, but is perhaps the greatest indicator of how much teaching and learning is actually occurring in the school. That said, where are the schools that have the best sub-grades for student growth? Are there particular schools that have high percentages of low income students AND high grades for student growth. Some may say those schools are doing more to close Colorado’s achievement gap between the wealthy and the poor than any other.
  • What percentage of Colorado’s student’s are ready for college and career by school or by school district?
  • Which districts have the most high performing schools, low performing schools, or improving schools?
  • Which schools have improved their performance the most?
  • How do these grades, graduation rates, and college/career readiness metrics compare to labor market and economic data / needs?
  • What else does the data tells us?

To enter the contest, and for more information, visit its page on Kaggle.

Start your analysis, and may the best visualizer win!