Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I print the data?

Any of the maps and summaries are printable using the print feature in most web browsers. Alternatively, you can cut and paste the data tables into a Word document to print. Some of the info graphics may need to be sized to fit; check your printing options to ensure successful results.

Where did the data come from?

A whole range of partners contributed data to this site. See the About the Data page to understand sources, years, and types of collection, etc.

When will it be updated again?

We hope to update again in the future. First, we need to make the case for how the data is being used to make sound policy decisions and to further global competence. Send us stories on how you are using the data. If we can make the case, we will pursue an update.

How can I get my data included?

We seek indicators that directly relate to how global communities are. Our preference is for this data to be available at the county level across the United States. If you have an indicator that meets these criteria and you are willing to share the data, contact us and we will consider your request in the next data collection and update cycle.

Why can’t I compare states?

While it is tempting to compare states, many of these indicators do not lend themselves to comparison. The year the data was collected varies as do the data sources themselves. With that in mind, we encourage you to check the data source to assess if direct comparison is possible.

Can I recommend a resource?

Mapping the Nation welcomes your recommendations since we hope to provide as much information as we can about the field. We rely on our community to help make this a robust, current resource. Please review the criteria above regarding the inclusion of additional data sets and email your suggestions for resources.

Is Mapping the Nation a part of the U.S. government, the United Nations, or any specific organization?

No, Mapping the Nation is a collaborative effort between Asia Society, The Longview Foundation, and SAS. It is a resource built for education policymakers and analysts, education leaders, teacher educators, and teachers.

May I link to Mapping the Nation?

Yes, we’d be happy to let more people know about the great work that is going on and give them a chance to engage in this resource. We also encourage you to share content from our site via social media.

What kind of resources does Mapping the Nation offer?

We provide data on economics, education, and demographics as they relate to how global communities are. We offer examples, anecdotes, and summaries at the county and state level. We also provide state level information on out of school programs, career readiness, and teacher preparation programs who have sought to bring international perspectives into their programs and systems.

What does it cost to use mapping the nation?

There are no registration fees or usage fees. We exist as a free service to the field.

How are the map colors determined?

There are six shades of blue in the legend. The states and counties are split into six groups with approximately 1/6 of the counties in each color group. The darkest color is assigned to the group with the highest value and the lightest color is assigned to the group with the lowest value.

May I use this data in presentations or printed materials?

Absolutely! We are delighted you find this data to be useful. If you decide to use it in presentations or printed collateral, we request that you cite Mapping the Nation as your source.

My state does not have a narrative example. Why not?

We worked diligently to provide as many examples as possible. However, for some states we do not have contacts nor information. If you are able to recommend someone for your state, please contact us.

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