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Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan.

Data Show Where Detroit’s Students Live

Detroit is a big place, and the demand for schools can’t be the same equally across the city, especially since there are such large differences between thriving and disinvested areas. Because the education landscape continues to be a topic of much discussion, we recently put an approximated student location data set to good use by [Read on...]

Exploring Student Dispersion Maps

Since the 2011-12 school year, Data Driven Detroit (D3) has created a series of maps that illustrate the spatial patterns related to where students from different areas in Detroit attend school or where students from different schools live (see our previous blog post introducing the project). This year’s data, from the October 2013 student count, [Read on...]

New Student Dispersion Tools

Just as longer commutes can have detrimental effects on adults, it reasonably follows that longer school commutes may have such effects as an increase in stress, tardiness and obesity rates on our youth. Conversely, in areas where housing patterns concentrate poverty and race in a neighborhood, longer commutes outside those neighborhoods might improve student [Read on...]

Educating Youths to Prepare for the Future

By Kurt Metzger, Director

Data Driven Detroit (D3) is dedicated to sharing much of the data we collect, compile, and visualize. Our website hosts numerous tools for accessing data and we’re developing more training opportunities for interested people to learn more about data. In the meantime, public speaking opportunities are still the best way we [Read on...]

Are there any neighborhood schools left in Detroit?

by Kelly Goodman, Education Analyst

Another school year is starting, and students across metro Detroit are beginning their commutes to school. Many Detroit students travel long distances to attend school. Some even travel into the city from the suburbs; during the 2011-2012 school year, there were over 1,300 such Detroit Public School students. To better [Read on...]

“Detroit’s One-Child School Readiness” Study Illustrates Tax-Payer Savings

By Dana Politi, Staff Contributor

On Wednesday, April 25th, The Fisher Foundation issued a report stating that Michigan tax-payers save $100,000 for every Detroit child that is fully prepared when they enter kindergarten. The “Detroit’s One-Child School Readiness Dividend” study calculated the economic value per child of preparation from birth for long-term educational achievement. [Read on...]

Detroit Public Schools Student Dispersion

Maps showing student dispersion for several Detroit schools and neighborhoods are now available on D3′s website.

With numerous yearly school closings, widespread household financial difficulties and inconsistent transportation options, students in Detroit Public Schools can often find themselves attending schools that are far from where they live. This hardship has been cited as [Read on...]

Kurt in Bridge Magazine on Wayne State Graduation Rates

Source: Bridge Magazine

Bridge Magazine has just published an article on the graduation rates for Wayne State University, which are particularly low for students of color. D3′s own Kurt Metzger, a contributor to Bridge Magazine, is quoted in the article:

“Detroit can’t grow by importing a bunch of college grads and saying [Read on...]