ERIC Number: ED135872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Abundance of Answers in Search of Questions: On a Methodology of Assessment Through Indicators.
Jaeger, Richard M.
Some observations are presented on a social indicators approach to statewide educational assessment. The context of the observations is the Oregon Department of Education model for educational planning. Much of what is said can also be applied to educational planning and program evaluation at the federal level or in large school systems. For the purposes of this discussion, a social indicator is defined as any statistical time series on a quantitative variable that is measurable and time-referenced. One-shot measures are excluded, as are sequences of qualitative descriptions. Operating from the premise that agencies may be forced to build educational indicators from extant data collections, some of the methodological problems inherent in this approach are discussed. Some possible solutions are proposed, both short-term and long-term, for measurement issues such as specifications bias, construct validity, and political validity. Possible areas for research and experimentation leading to more ideal sets of educational indicators are described. (RC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (61st, New York, New York, April 4-8, 1977)