What is the purpose of the dashboard?The purpose of this dashboard is two-fold:
Why is this data relevant for educators?
"Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors." (CDC, 2022)
There is a great deal of evidence to support the notion that healthy students are better learners, (Basch, 2011). Unfortunately, many students arrive at school carrying the burdens of home, community, and inadequate healthcare. In the public health and healthcare sectors, connecting health status to personal outcomes is common, but less so in education, where data has traditionally been focused on academic measures. While data related to specific ailments, illness, and general health in the K-12 student population is slim, county-level health outcomes data is widespread and easily accessible. This data can help educators to understand where their communities stand from a health standpoint and in turn how their students may be affected.
What do the rankings mean?
The rankings were created to be a way to compare one county or local school district up against the rest in Georgia. Lower rankings are indicative of favorable outcomes/results, whereas higher rankings are indicative of less favorable outcomes/results. For example, if a school district ranks 220 out of 221 districts for chronic absenteeism, only one school district in the state has a worse chronic absenteeism rate.
What types of questions can this dashboard help to answer?
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