ERIC Number: ED041942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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Providing Information for Decision-Makers in Michigan: Compilation, Analyses, and Reporting of Assessment Data.
Loadman, William E.; Major, John L.
Act Number 307, Public Acts of Michigan 1969, mandates that the Department of Education provide annual assessment of pupil achievement in basic skills -- reading, vocabulary, English expression and mathematics. The purpose of the assessment program is to provide information about groups of children for decision makers at the state level. A rationale for variable selection, the statistical methodology employed, and the procedural limitations are presented. The rationale emphasizes the strong relationship of pupil background (socioeconomic status, attitudes and aspirations) and school resource variables (human and financial) to each other and to student performance. The methodology emphasizes simple and easily comprehensible reporting, but includes multivariate analysis of the data; and program's limits include problems of defining and measuring the complexities of an educational system. Measures of all variables were obtained in January 1970 for 310,000 pupils in grades four and seven. Analyses are in progress. (Author/ES)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.