ERIC Number: ED342134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Current Research on National Systems of Education Indicators: Potential Benefits for School-Based Management.
Buchanan, Aaron D.; Hafner, Anne L.
To remain competitive in the international marketplace, the United States will have to recommit to a new era of educational reform. Students must be pushed to reach higher expectations, and the U.S. educational system must find an efficient and centralized mechanism to measure national progress in education reform. This document describes the current trends in the development of indicators designed to measure educational progress. Several specific problems with indicators are targeted, such as: accommodating federal, state, and district information; effectively processing this information; and dealing with the excessive cost of creating and maintaining a national database. All the recommendations for new indicator systems feature some version of an input, process, output model that flows from characteristics of the community and the population served, through characteristics of the school itself, to characteristics of learner outcomes. Student achievement is the primary outcome. This document shows several simple models for indicator systems and discusses how to transform the models into indicators, the indicators into data, and the data into information. The last section addresses national projects to develop indicators, the burdens and benefits these projects have on local schools, and the effects these projects have on the future of education. (30 references) (LAP)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, School Statistics
Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1242.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.