RFA’s Educational Opportunity Dashboard provides a unique tool to compare how well policymakers in each state are providing high school students with basic access to schools with high quality educational opportunities. The analysis is based on 14 indicators from the 2015-16 federal Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), which are used to create three composite indices on the following domains:
- Quality Educators Index
- College/Career Readiness Curriculum Index, and
- Positive School Climate Index.
The Dashboard provides individual State Snapshots and allows users to rank all states by each indicator, by each index, and by an “Average Opportunity Score.” State Rankings are available by both overall opportunity and by the size of gaps in opportunity between student race/ethnic and poverty subgroups. The findings can also be limited to high schools of high-, mid-, and low-poverty.
Along with an accompanying National Report, the Dashboard provides a stark view into how policymakers in most states provide high schools that on average offer higher quality educational opportunities to White students and students from higher-income families than they provide to students of color and students in poverty. Research for Action has also provided a brief on the findings for Pennsylvania , where we are located and where disparities by race and poverty are among the highest in the country.