ERIC Number: ED352403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-19
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Indicators for Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Educational Policy Studies.
Cooley, William W.; And Others
A state educational indicator system being developed by the Pennsylvania Educational Policy Studies (PEPS) project at the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) is described. The extensive database that has been established as part of the PEPS project includes thousands of variables that are descriptive of the 500 Pennsylvania school districts. An indicator is defined as a numerical description of some important aspect of the educational system. Indicators will be joined in indicator systems according to models that facilitate analysis of the relationships existing among the indicators. A taxonomy of the types of indicators that are being developed serves as an initial organizing matrix, with three rows representing inputs, processes, and outcomes, and columns representing concerns for equity, quality, and efficiency. Some sample indicators for these concerns are discussed, with examples of the kinds of data that indicators encompass. From the indicators, models are derived that explain aspects of the educational system. Indicators will be useful in understanding the current educational system and how it is changing. This information will be useful for planning and for educating the public about the schools. Reader input is invited to help identify other indicators and to understand what valid inferences can be made from the indicators. Twenty-three figures and one table illustrate the indicators and models. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.; Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania