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Innovative Data Collection Techniques for Public School Boundaries - Blue Raster & Sanametrix NCES MIS - DC 2013 Presentation


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  • 1. INNOVATIVE DATA COLLECTION TECHNIQUES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL BOUNDARIES Management Information Systems Conference Presented by Tai Phan, Andrea Conver & Amy Ramsdell NCES, Sanametrix & Blue Raster2/14/2013
  • 2. School Boundary GeodatabaseHistory Continuation of the School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS)  Headed by Prof. Salvatore Saporito, The College of William & Mary  David Van Riper, Minnesota Population Center  First release in the SDDS Map Viewer in May 2012  2009-2010 school boundaries for the top 350 districts Census Bureau is summarizing the data by school boundary
  • 3. Current Data4
  • 4. School Boundary Technologies  Using ArcSDE 10.1sp1  Using ArcGIS Server 10.1 EC2  Python (Arcpy)
  • 5. Data Model
  • 6. Data Processing Workflow  Collectboundaries  Dissolve boundaries into a 1 to 1 format  Associate boundaries with NCESSCH ID  Perform QA/QC  Sync data to the Cloud
  • 7. School Boundary QA/QCProcedures  Confirm that all regular schools have a boundary  Confirmthat all attributes are correct and correspond to the NCESSCH school ID  Confirmthat every geographical area is served by every grade
  • 8. Contact and Data TrackingApplication  Tracksall contact between the district and the Census collection team  Stores original data type  Records the date completed and user name for each processing step  Generates a variety of reports
  • 9. Public School Boundary Collectionand Verification  Collect boundaries for all 13,000+ U.S. school districts  Combination of data collection efforts by Census and a “group-sourced” mapping effort  The 2013-2014 school year will serve as a trial year
  • 10. School Boundary CollectionWorkflow
  • 11. Public School Boundary Collection and Verification Tool Demo
  • 12. Census Bureau Tabulations  Block rectification to create publicly available population counts and related information  These boundaries can be used for custom tabulations that meet the Census Bureau’s disclosure policies  Provide population counts at the school attendance boundary level  Product is not the same boundary lines as delineated by the districts
  • 13. The Significance of SchoolAttendance Boundaries  Benefits to the Districts  Benefits to the State  Benefits to social science
  • 14. Moving Forward  Changes will be made to the workflow and tools based on process reviews and user feedback  The process will become easier and easier as more districts use the online collection and verification tool
  • 15. For More InformationAndrea Conver Amy Ramsdell(202) 600-8167 (703)