Quality Schools Assessments

IFF conducts independent research for and about the nonprofit sector, helping leaders make informed decisions about programs and services, resources and public policy.

Our latest initiative includes a series of interactive maps to provide parents, community leaders, and education stakeholders with information on where quality schools in their city or state are located, and to what degree these schools are able to serve the local school-age population.

By calculating which neighborhoods in a city (or which school districts in a state) have the most K-12 students who cannot attend a quality school nearby, our interactive maps pinpoint where new quality schools and education reforms have the biggest potential for impact.

Our first two maps look at St. Louis, MO and Milwaukee, WI — cities where IFF conducted more in-depth analyses in 2009 and 2010, respectively. You can explore our interactive maps by:

  • Clicking on individual schools to learn about their location, enrollment, programming, and academic performance.
  • Clicking on individual zip codes for the percentage of K-12 students residing there who are able to attend a quality school (service level), the number of K-12 students residing there who are not able to attend a quality school (service gap) and to compare results for the different zip codes across the city.
  • Filtering the above information by school type (public, public charter, or private), grade division (K-8, 9-12, or K-5, 6-8, 9-12), and accountability rating (meets/doesn’t meet state standards).
  • Layering other relevant information, such as the percentage of students who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program, the percentage of students living below the federal poverty line, and the location of vacant public school buildings.

Our goal for providing this research tool is simple: to build consensus for targeting education reforms and resources to where they are needed most, so that all children can have access to a quality school near where they live — be it public, public charter, or private.

For more information on the underlying methodology, please click here.