Use the checkboxes to filter schools by their kindergarten class size. Use the radio buttons to change the demographics displayed on the underlying map.
If you want more information on the Unequal Schools project, and background on the visualization, look below the map.
Background on Unequal Schools: The "Unequal Schools" project examines the impact of residential segregation on low-income and minority students' ability to access schools that offer valuable educational resources like small kindergarten classes and experienced teachers. Connecticut's towns are highly segregated by race and income. Our research shows that, in towns with few White residents and high rates of child poverty, public schools tend to have some of the largest kindergarten classes and least experienced teachers in the state. This gives families in these towns little access to these important educational resources. In fact, in schools with the largest kindergarten classes and/or the least experienced teachers, a majority of students are low-income and a majority are not White. Research shows that students who attend smaller classes in the early years, and who have more experienced teachers, tend to experience greater academic achievement gains. Unless Connecticut takes action to ensure that low-income and minority students have equal access to more well-resourced schools, our public schools will be actively widening the "academic opportunity gap" between rich and poor students, and between White students and students of color.
This map offers a preview of our research, by allowing you to see where Connecticut public schools with the smallest and largest kindergarten classes are located. You can add and remove public schools with different levels of kindergarten class size on the left. You can also see Connecticut towns color-coded by their child poverty rates, or by the percent of residents who are not white. This allows you to explore see the impact of residential segregation on access to well-resourced schools. You can learn more from our Unequal Schools Report.
Underlying school-level data can be found here. Underlying town level data can be found here. Geospatial data are taken from the UConn Map and Geographic Information System (MAGIC). For a complete list of all data sources, pleas see our report.
This tool would not have been possible without the help of Veronica Armendariz, DataViz at Trinity College, and the Searchable Map Template by Derek Eder.