Sunday, March 21, 2010

Understanding Kentucky's educational history by region

Following up on the earlier income map, here's a look Kentucky adult high school attainment.  It uses the Census Bureau's thirty "microdata" areas as the results are mapped in  a great MACED report,  The lowest attainment levels cluster heavily in Appalachian Kentucky and in urban Jefferson County, while the highest median incomes are found in northern and eastern portions of Jefferson County and both portions of Fayette County.

And here's the map for adults holding associates degrees and higher educational credentials.  Here, high attainment again clusters in our largest cities, but lower attainment is clusters in several different part of our state.

1 comment:

  1. I find that Area Development Districts don't necessarily group together counties that have the most in common culturally or economically. It has been my experience that cross-boundary collaboration among Area Development Districts isn't practiced, nor encouraged. I don't think it is intentional, but this data shows that the results may be consequential. The false boundaries may impede both local officials and school districts from sharing best practices.

    It would be nice to see a county-by-county breakdown of the data to try and isolate innovative programs that seem to be working.


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