With help from New Signature, the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools launched a new and improved version of their Public Charter School Dasbboard. The most comprehensive set of charter school data ever made publicly available now includes performance data on over 5,000 individual schools.
The new features build on previous capabilities that allowed visitors to browse and extract data covering 10 years of charter school growth and performance at national and state levels. The new enhancements allow Visitors to search for individual charter schools by location, name, management organization, and various accolades including performance data benchmarks and recognition under the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
The site is rich with interactive charts and graphs and includes a powerful custom report writer that allows visitors to customize views and compare metrics across schools, district, states and nationally. New Signature used AJAX technology and other low-latency techniques to make the site feel quick and responsive even though it is managing and presenting a large volume of performance and geographic information.
Like The Big Energy Map site New Signature produced for the Center for a New American Security, New Signature believes the Alliance’s Dashboard is a great example of how research data and reports can be unlocked from the limitations of flat print and PDF media. By fully harnessing the rich, interactive potential of the web, information becomes more accessible, useful, and comprehensible. Over time, we expect to see many more of our clients take advantage of New Signature’s unique ability to help them create and distribute compelling sites to showcase their research.