ERIC Number: ED396359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Education Indicators as Information Tools: A Sourcebook for School and District Staff.
Hafner, Anne; Buchanan, Aaron
Information, a process model, and resources are presented in this guidebook to help staff and administrators design, initiate, and implement a local indicator system that will provide them with hard data to aid decision making. The introduction defines quality indicators and the indicator system and explains the system's local policymaking uses. Section 2 discusses the characteristics of some indicator systems and provides examples of current models. Definitions of content, student performance standards, and system delivery standards are also offered, and a general process that transforms indicator systems into statistics and information for decision making is described. The third section proposes a local decision-making process model that involves the following stages: developing policy questions; collecting data; and utilizing data. Criteria for choosing indicators, and future trends are also discussed. The following resources are in section 4: a glossary of examples of state/district report cards; examples of indicators for school systems; key dimensions of the 50 state performance accountability systems; examples of content and student performance standards; Exchange of Permanent Records Electronically for Students and Schools (EXPRESS); California Student Information System (CSIS)/data categories; resource organizations and contact information; criteria for evaluation of student assessment systems; CRESST: Assessments in Practice Data Base Protocol; and the national education goals. Five figures are included. (Contains 53 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Lab., Los Alamitos, CA.