ERIC Number: ED368782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
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Lessons from the Educational Quality Indicators Initiative.
The Educational Quality Indicators (EQI) initiative was a collaboration between Alberta Education (Alberta, Canada) and 12 school jurisdictions to develop and implement indicator systems to measure the success of the educational enterprise. Ten concurrent collaborative projects were conducted between 1989 and 1992 to develop indicator systems for a broad range of outcomes, data collection and analysis methods, and ways to report and communicate the information to different audiences. An overview confirms that EQI has had a positive impact on education in Alberta. Alberta superintendents have adopted the idea of indicator systems. Many are using the EQI materials, and the provincial department of education is also incorporating ideas and strategies into its information system. The EQI initiative has demonstrated that a large-scale reform initiative focused on producing better information about education can help improve education. While there is no single indicator system, and none is a panacea, a useful indicator system can be constructed to focus on student outcomes through multiple measures. Three tables present information about the projects. An appendix gives the table of contents from the final report on the project, "Achieving Quality," which is published separately. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Cooperation, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Performance Based Assessment, School Districts, State Government, Student Evaluation, Systems Development
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Alberta; Educational Quality Indicators Project AB; Quality Indicators; Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Educational Researchers' Association (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 12, 1993).