ERIC Number: ED311085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Recommendations for Improving the National Education Statistical Database. Summary. Improving Universe Data on Schools and School Districts.
Triplett, Suzanne E.; And Others
Recommendations resulting from the Council of Chief State School Officers' Education Data Improvement Project are summarized. This joint effort by the states and Federal government attempts to improve the quality and timeliness of data collected, analyzed, and reported by the United States Department of Education's Center for Statistics. The goals of the project are: (1) to describe the state collection of data elements contained in the common core of data; (2) to list those data elements that might be added to make the common core adequate and appropriate for reporting on the condition of the nation's schools; and (3) to make recommendations to states and the Center for Statistics for making the data more comprehensive, comparable, and timely. Part 1 presents general recommendations for improving the Center's common core of data. Of particular concern are recommendations to ensure that all states have a common understanding of Federal data requests and the resources to respond, and that states and the Federal government report in a timely manner. Part 2 presents recommendations specific to the public school universe file, which currently contains data from 87,000 schools and 16,000 districts. Part 3 presents recommendations for redefining several items critical for establishing comparable data. The final part lists data elements recommended by the Project for the school universe file. (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Databases, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Public Schools, 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 - Evaluative
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.