For this project GRS created a series of interactive maps to portray school and student performance for important education indicators such as AIMS and NAEP test scores, AZLearns and AYP ratings, along with graduation and dropout rates. The map visualizations are designed for a non-technical audience and feature accompanying charts and graphs and allow users to examine school performance over time using data ranges from 1998 to present.
We took advantage of the rich visualization capabilities of Flash and created the application using Google Maps and Adobe Flex. Instead of using traditional GIS tools to interact with the map, we designed a simple drill down method to view data at different geographic levels. Map geometries were simplified and loaded into a MySQL database for optimum performance and a custom color selector allows users to define their own color palette, and based on government policy, the application needed to support the visually-impaired.