ERIC Number: ED272535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Revising Educational Statistics.
Banner, James M., Jr.
When gathering and presenting educational statistics, five principles should be considered. (1) The data must be accurate, valid, and complete. Limitations, weaknesses, margins of error, and levels of confidence should be clearly stated. (2) The data must include comparable information, sought in comparable ways, in comparable forms, from comparable sources. (3) Data that do not have immediate utility should be collected such that they may be useful at a later time. (4) Historical statistics should be collected in order to provide the context for interpreting long-term change, the significance of change, and solutions to problems. (5) Data collection procedures should be simple and methods of reporting should be easy to use. The comparability of data concerning educational quality must be improved. The United States Department of Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers should cooperate with state officials to standardize data collection and presentation. Further research is needed in the areas of teachers' qualifications, student dropouts, art and music instruction, and programs to publish research results. (GDC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Invited Papers: Elementary/Secondary Education Data Redesign Project, October 1985; see TM 860 450.