ERIC Number: ED335784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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The Usefulness of State-by-State Comparison and Other Education Indicators to Policymaking: An Example from Arizona.
Danzig, Arnold B.
The usefulness of state-by-state comparisons and other educational indicators is discussed in this paper, which seeks to improve report writing and data presentation skills. The first part offers an example of a policy report that uses key education indicators to describe the Arizona education system. Tables and data interpretation describe the system's size and diversity, fiscal resources, and student performance. The second part explains the policy analysis report process and how researcher values influence the interpretation and presentation of data. Problems in interpreting state rankings of student achievement are discussed. A conclusion is that state rankings help to reveal system strengths and weaknesses, shape dialogue and research questions, and ensure financial support for schools. Fourteen tables are included. (50 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona