ERIC Number: ED311079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Variations in Definitions and Procedures for Student Counts: Enrollment, Fall Enrollment, Membership and Average Daily Membership. Improving Universe Data on Schools and School Districts.
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
The terms, definitions, and procedures used by states in obtaining student counts are investigated as part of the Education Data Improvement Project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The Project describes state collection of data elements currently contained in the common core of data of the National Center for Education Statistics. In this first year of the Project, the focus was on school and school district universe files for: (1) describing states collecting specific data elements; (2) giving the definitions and specifications used by each of the states; and (3) isolating discrepancies in the ways different states define and measure various elements. Current universe files contain listings of every elementary and secondary public school (approximately 87,000) and approximately 16,000 public school districts in the country. This report describes the types of data generally available on student counts; discusses specific findings on terms, definitions, and procedures used by individual states and nationally for student counts; and recommends ways to make specific student counts comparable across states. Findings are summarized in seven tables, which make these comparisons possible. (SLD)
Descriptors: Average Daily Membership, Comparative Analysis, Data Collection, Databases, Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Rate, Evaluation Methods, National Surveys, Public Schools, State Programs
Council of Chief State School Officers, State Education Assessment Center, 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.