Today, LiveStories released a free online tool called LiveStories IQ. The new tool makes it easy to compare data across communities throughout the United States.
LiveStories IQ was announced as part of The Opportunity Project, an initiative led by The White House. The project’s goal is to expand access to opportunity for all Americans by putting data and digital tools in the hands of families, communities, and local leaders and helping them navigate information about the resources they need to thrive. With LiveStories IQ, educators, parents, and other citizens can compare school districts across the United States and determine if students have equal opportunities to succeed.
Twenty-two non-governmental organizations and seven student teams participated in the Opportunity Project. They were tasked to develop solutions for problem statements put forth by six federal agencies: the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of the Surgeon General, and the Department of Agriculture. The teams—including LiveStories—presented their solutions today at a White House technology fair.
LiveStories focused on a problem posed by the U.S. Department of Education: identifying inequities in the nation’s 95,000-plus public schools for such factors as per-pupil expenditure, teacher experience, access to rigorous coursework, and chronic absenteeism.
LiveStories IQ can help superintendents, government education agencies, mayors, city council members, and parents identify and understand where inequities exist—between districts, between schools, and between different student demographics. Users can even compare school districts with similar profiles and learn from communities facing the same challenges as theirs.
LiveStories IQ is also available as part of the LiveStories platform, empowering subscribers to easily and quickly present and share insights to their stakeholders.
“With easy access to relevant data, decision-makers and influencers can publish their findings as interactive stories on LiveStories’ platform and share the stories with their communities to inspire action on a local level,” stated CEO of LiveStories, Adnan Mahmud.
LiveStories and the Opportunity Project: learn how LiveStories tackles the challenge of identifying educational inequities.
The Opportunity Project Homepage: the White House's website gives an overview of the initiative.
Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights: the source for the data on education inequities.