ERIC Number: ED311084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
State Collection Practices on Universe Data Elements. Summary. Improving Universe Data on Schools and School Districts.
Wittebols, James H.; Sockwell, Recardo
Summaries are presented of individual state practices for collecting selected universe terms and data elements for the Education Data Improvement Project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The Project is a joint effort of the states and Federal government to improve the quality and timeliness of data collected, analyzed, and reported by the Center for Education Statistics. The Project describes state collection of data elements for inclusion in the Center's common core of data. The current universe files contain listings of every elementary and secondary public school (approximately 87,000) in about 16,000 public school districts. Universe files have three major purposes: (1) to provide state-by-state listings of schools and districts; (2) to provide minimum information necessary for selection of national, regional, and state representative samples of schools and school districts; and (3) to provide basic statistical data about all schools and districts. Findings are summarized in four tables showing state-by-state responses to each data element by the lowest level of aggregation for each. Data elements are clustered by student counts, student status, Federal program, and staff. Tables provide the information that allows judgments to be made for improvement of the comprehensiveness of national statistics, but they do not illustrate the variations that affect comparability. (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Databases, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, National Surveys, Public Schools, Sampling, School Districts, State Programs, Statistical Analysis
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.