Thursday, November 01, 2012

Find and Compare Schools with Google Maps


GreatSchools.org is a handy tool to find local schools, to compare the performance of different schools and to read parent and community ratings and reviews of schools.

If you search for schools by location on GreatSchools.org you can view the results in both a list and map view. If you select the map view you can see the locations of local schools and click on the map markers to access the performance and parent ratings.

The information window for each school includes a handy 'compare' option. So when browsing the map users can select the schools that they may be interested in. Once the user has selected a number of schools they can then select the 'compare now' option in the map sidebar to compare all the schools on one page.

The comparison option allows the user to compare the ratings and reviews, test scores and the schools' programs side-by-side, all on one page.

1 comment:

Jack Dougherty said...

A challenge in creating meaningful Google Maps on public schools is to show both school district and attendance area boundaries. The latter, in particular, are drawn by local school boards and not uniformly reported or collected by states in many parts of the US, such as Connecticut. See how we addressed this in our Google Map and database for SmartChoices (http://SmartChoices.trincoll.edu).

See also SABINS (School Attendance Boundary Information System) spatial database, an NSF-funded project by Minnesota Population Center and College of William & Mary (http://www.sabinsdata.org/)