ERIC Number: ED341128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
It's 1990: Do You Know Where Your Students Are? A National Review of Student Data Systems.
In 1987, the Arizona legislature began a process of establishing statewide goals for the improvement of the state's educational system. A joint legislative committee developed specific goals in the areas of student achievement, high school graduation rate, and postschool employment and college enrollment. To produce the baseline data necessary in measuring the progress toward these goals, S.B. 1234 (1989) required the Department of Education to develop a comprehensive student assessment plan. The Department of Education contracted with the Morrison Institute for Public Policy to provide research related to this mandate. This document examines student identification, followup, tracking, and information systems for the purpose of assisting the Department of Education in its compliance with S.B. 1234. This research, coupled with information collected on these new systems across the nation, serves as the basis for six recommendations: (1) The terminology used in S.B. 1234 (1989) must be clarified; (2) a formal state-level task force should be established; (3) the state should use Social Security numbers as the uniform student identifiers; (4) the task force should follow six specific recommendations made by Morrison; (5) state-level funding should be used for the information system; and (6) the state should take all measures possible to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of all student information. (106 references) (LAP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.