Nearly five decades of research has demonstrated that the places where individuals live and learn have a dramatic impact on their opportunities and life outcomes. The College and Career Readiness and Success Center has collaborated with several state and local agencies to produce custom-designed maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help leadership teams contextualize their WBL initiatives, that is, to develop a more precise understanding of how resources and socioeconomic factors are distributed.
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8 Aug 2017
In the Field
Decades of research have shown the harmful effects of poverty on student performance. Title I schools in Texas face particular challenges, including high rates of students living in poverty, high student mobility, and large proportions of English learners. Working closely with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Comprehensive Center set out to answer this question and share lessons learned to benefit students throughout the state.
12 Oct 2016
Location can play an important role in school improvement efforts. Trent Sharp talks about how geographic information systems data can be used with school and other demographic and social information to better inform school improvement efforts.
12 Oct 2016
School improvement efforts are often influenced by where schools are located. In this video, Trent Sharp talks about his work with the Texas Comprehensive Center to examine the geographic and social factors that affect low performing schools and high performing Title one schools, which serve a large percentage of low-income students, throughout the state.