ERIC Number: ED311082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
School and Student Classifications for Universe Data Files. Improving Universe Data on Schools and School Districts.
Wittebols, James H.
Recommendations designed to assist states in the creation of meaningful definitions of types of schools and students for use in the Council of Chief State School Officers' Education Data Improvement Project are presented. The Project's goals are to promote and facilitate the reform and refinement of the National Center for Education Statistics' national education statistical data system. The Project is examining the public school and school district universe files to identify states collecting specific data elements, to specify in detail the definitions and specifications used by each of the states for each data element, and to isolate discrepancies in states' approaches. Specific recommendations are included for: (1) definition of school; (2) definitions of public and non-public schools; (3) definitions of public and non-public school students; (4) collection of data on public and non-public school students; (5) definitions of educated-at-home students; and (6) definitions of regular, special education, vocational education, and alternative schools. A general recommendation is made about the coding of schools for establishing an "other" category. Five appendices give state-by-state components of existing definitions. (SLD)
Descriptors: Classification, Comparative Analysis, Data Collection, Databases, Definitions, Evaluation Methods, Federal Programs, Private Schools, Public Schools, State Programs, Student Characteristics
Council of Chief State School Officers, State Education Assessment Center, 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC. State Education Assessment Center.