Band One schools are considered best-performing, with good progress made across all measures.The map uses different colored symbols for each band. In the article, below the map, is the legend. (It's not a simple thing to put a legend in a map built with Google Fusion Tables, it seems.) The legend reads:
At the opposite end of the scale, Band Five schools are considered “weak relative to others” and in need of more support.
Click points for more info. Key: Band 1 = pink, Band 2 = blue, Band 3 = green, band 4 = yellow, band 5 = redThis legend turns me into a human lookup table! I first look at the map to find a school of interest, then find its symbol color, say blue. Then, I refer to the legend and learn that's band 2. Then I refer to the text I quoted above to learn that band 2 mean "one notch down from the top performing schools." That's great news for the school, but far too much work for me as the map reader!
This map and article are jumping off points for all kinds of great questions for students:
- Is the map useful? How?
- How would you make the symbols/legend more helpful or effective?
- Would a different type of map or different symbology have been helpful?
- Are there any spatial patterns in the bands? Can you describe them? Explain them?
A bad map is a great starting point for a hands-on learning experience!