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About NET Navigator
The NavigatorNET Navigator is the first user-friendly online tool that "maps" the external investments supporting Newark, New Jersey's public district and public charter schools. NET Navigator provides information that enables funders, policy makers and community leaders to see where local education investment dollars are coming from, and which programs and organizations these investments are reaching at the school level. Our goal is to, in time, provide a set of data visualization tools that show the relationships between funder investment and student achievement in Newark.
ContextAs a Local Education Fund, the Newark Trust advocates for widespread involvement in public education by all sectors and strives to increase the alignment, focus and clarity of current and future education reform efforts in New Jersey.
Newark Public Schools is the largest school system in the state, serving 39,000 students in 74 district schools. Local charter schools serve approximately 6,000 students. The district has been under state receivership since 1995. Currently, schools in Newark are facing low achievement rates. Newark's high schools have a 55% graduation rate, of which 90% of graduates require reading remediation for their incoming freshman year of college.
The VisionPrior to the launch of the Newark Trust in January of 2011, the Trust's board of directors and staff began engaging in conversations about the volume and nature of external resources that enter the K-12 education sector in Newark, and the actual impact of these investments on student achievement in schools.
This project, NET Navigator, will help further this critical and ongoing dialogue by providing a set of data visualization tools that show the relationships between funder investment and student achievement. In a way that has never been done before, NET Navigator enables funders to see what programs and initiatives are operating, how much is being invested in each, and the impact of the dollars - school by school - throughout the district.
We understand that there are many factors that affect student achievement aside from philanthropic investments: parental involvement, teaching quality and instructional strategies, et al. However, we believe that it is critical to provide transparency around the amount of resources that travel to schools to support students' learning, so that we can provide an accurate and credible resource for the philanthropic community, and others, to use to begin conversations on where resource inequities reside, as well as ways for strategic collaboration around future investments.
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