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We want to make sure students, families, educators, and admissions officers have information about what data is included in the Environmental Context Dashboard and where the data comes from. The robust data included in the Dashboard shines a light on students who have demonstrated resourcefulness to overcome challenges and achieve more with less.

The Dashboard has three components:

  • SAT scores in context: Student’s SAT scores can be seen within the context of the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile of SAT scores from the student’s high school (3-year average). The SAT score is the only piece of student-specific information admissions officers see in the Dashboard.
  • Information on the high school: Including senior class size; percentage of students who meet federal eligibility criteria for free and reduced-price lunch; rurality/urbanicity; and average first-year SAT score of colleges students from that high school attend, the percentage of seniors taking an AP Exam, average number of AP Exams taken, average AP score from that high school, and the number of unique AP Exams administered at that high school (3-year average).
  • Contextual data on the neighborhood and high school environment: The context data includes two measures—neighborhood and high school environment—calculated using data drawn from a combination of publicly available sources (e.g., NCES and U.S. Census Bureau), and aggregated College Board data.
     

    All data is aggregate and based on census tracts. Here’s what’s included:

    Neighborhood measure comprised of income, family structure, housing, educational attainment, and likelihood of being a victim of a crime High school measure comprised of income, family structure, housing, and educational attainment
    • Median family income
    • Percentage of all households in poverty (poverty rate)
    • Percentage of families with children in poverty
    • Percentage of households with food stamps
    • Percentage of families that are single-parent families with children and in poverty
    • Percentage of families that are single-parent families with children
    • Percentage of housing units that are rental
    • Percentage of housing units that are vacant
    • Rent as a percentage of income
    • Percentage of adults with less than a 4-year college degree
    • Percentage of adults with less than a high school diploma
    • Percentage of adults with agriculture jobs
    • Percentage of adults with nonprofessional jobs
    • Percentage unemployed
    • College-going behavior
    • Probability of being a victim of a crime
    • Median family income
    • Percentage of all households in poverty (poverty rate)
    • Percentage of families with children in poverty
    • Percentage of households with food stamps
    • Percentage of families that are single-parent families with children and in poverty
    • Percentage of families that are single-parent families with children
    • Percentage of housing units that are rental
    • Percentage of housing units that are vacant
    • Rent as a percentage of income
    • Percentage of adults with less than a 4-year college degree
    • Percentage of adults with less than a high school diploma
    • Percentage of adults with agriculture jobs
    • Percentage of adults with nonprofessional jobs
    • Percentage unemployed
    • College-going behavior

The family, educational, and housing measures are based on a factor analysis of data from the American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. Neighborhood data is based on census tracts. High school data is based on all census tracts represented in a given high school.

  • All students living in the same census tract will have the same neighborhood data and all students attending the same high school will have the same high school data.
  • The neighborhood and high school measures are percentiles between 1 and 100 with a flat distribution, with 1 corresponding to the least disadvantaged and 100 to the most disadvantaged.
  • The neighborhood and high school measures are available as percentiles normed at both the national and state levels.

A screenshot of the Dashboard is provided below.