Guide to Using Atlas

Today New America’s Education Policy Program released “From Crawling to Walking: Ranking States on Birth- 3rd Grade Policies that Support Strong Readers,” a report that ranks states on a broad set of policy indicators that can help ensure children are on track to read on grade level by the end of third grade. States were evaluated on 65 indicators in seven policy areas:
1. Educators: Teachers and Leaders;
2. Standards, Assessment, and Data;
3. Equitable Funding;
4. Pre-K: Access and Quality;
5. Full-Day Kindergarten: Access and Quality;
6. Dual Language Learner Supports; and
7. Third Grade Reading Laws  
Accompanying the written report are interactive maps of state standings displayed via New America’s data visualization and policy analysis tool, Atlas.  The attached guide will assist you in using Atlas.