For this series I made a series of graphics using d3.js that were embedded into the narrative. The first shows the 17 schools and there precipitous enrollment declines. Users can hover over the slope graph lines to see individual school details, or click through the lines.
A chart compared the shrinking school’s ACT scores to all Chicago high schools, showing how these schools are among the lowest performing.
A follow up story (archive) dug into how the state board of education poured millions of dollars of improvement grants into these schools but performance didn’t respond.