Western Piedmont Council of Governments: Student Growth Estimation Models for the Catawba County School System

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

The Student Growth Estimation Models for the Catawba County School System seek to measure and predict student population growth in the Catawba County school system. This information is used to determine the need for new school facilities, classroom additions, and changes to the boundaries of school districts. The model uses GIS technology with several data sources and indicators, including demographic and land use factors, to predict enrollment trends. The Western Piedmont Council of Governments initiated the pilot study at the request of county and school officials and continues to manage the project (the 2011 report represents the 11th time the model has been used). Over the last decade the results of the growth model have provided justification for investment in new schools and classroom additions, greatly reducing problems of overcrowding.

Taylor Dellinger, Data Analyst: [email protected]
Dee Blackwell, Executive Director: [email protected]
828-322-9191

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