ERIC Number: ED256777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
A Framework for the Development of National Educational Indicators, for the Consideration of Chief State School Officers. Occasional Paper #2.
Smith, Marshall S.
ASAP Notes, spec iss Win 1984
Educational indicators are statistical input/output measures providing information on the health of the educational system. This report for the consideration of the Council of Chief State School Officers characterizes the current state of educational indicators as in "shambles." It proposes a three phase framework for developing a sensitive and responsible set of national educational indicators. To resolve the conflicting forces of centralization for accountability versus local and state control to meet the needs of diverse populations, it recommends: (1) that each state develop, maintain, and make publicly available local educational indicators; and (2) that two types of "national" indicators be developed-- one to augment the common core of state data, and the other, collected at a regional or national level, to meet federal government monitoring needs. Implementing these recommendations will take several years, plus the commitment of both state and federal governments. Phase I of the implementation process proposes interim steps for 1985, including modifications for the federal "wall chart" of educational quality. Criteria for selecting indicators and strategy suggestions for specifying a model in terms of five outcome indicators and various input indicators for school characteristics, school processes, and policy and environmental indicators are given for Phase II. Phase III involves steps necessary to maintain and improve the established indicators. (BS)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Indicators, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Needs, Input Output Analysis, Measurement Objectives, Models, National Surveys, State Surveys, Statistical Data
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of State Assessment Programs.