May 5, 2011/CBS Detroit
Grand Valley State University has developed a Web site designed to help Michigan residents and educators learn more about their schools and communities, and how they impact one another.
The Web site, www.Mi-School.net, combines 2010 U.S. Census data with information from the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Community Health and local police departments and clerks. The site features visual markers that represent all traditional, charter and private schools in the state. Each marker representing a school can be selected to view information about that specific school or district, including enrollment characteristics and standardized test performance.
Mi-School.net is built on a platform similar to Google Maps and allows users to visually display information such as an area’s population, housing, vital records, crime, education, income, voting and transportation through color-coded maps. The site also features a comparison tool that allows users to compare up to five schools or districts using 40 different indicators.