ERIC Number: ED410309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Data Elements for Elementary and Secondary Education Information Systems.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; National Forum on Education Statistics.
Since the creation of the National Cooperative Educational Statistics System in 1988, states have joined with the National Center for Education Statistics to produce and maintain comparable and uniform education statistics. Through the National Forum on Education Statistics, states have met to develop and propose a set of basic data elements for voluntary use. Using these data elements will provide more comparable and reliable education information for any educational system adopting the common terminology. The basic data elements will not meet every education information purpose, but a set of basic data elements should help answer the most frequently asked questions about the administration, status, quality, operation, and performance of schools and school systems. This report presents a process for selecting and including new data elements in an information system and the student and staff elements that can be used to create information for conducting the day-to-day administration of schools and school districts; completing federal and state reports, and creating indicators that address questions about the success and functioning of education systems. The basic data elements selected for student information systems are grouped into categories of: (1) personal information; (2) enrollment; (3) school participation and activities; (4) assessment; (5) transportation; (6) health conditions, special program participation, and student support services; and (7) discipline. Similar elements defined for staff information systems include personal information, educational background, qualification information, current employment, assignments, and information on career development and separation from employment. An appendix contains discussions of policy questions, indicators, and basic data elements. (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Definitions, Discipline, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Participation, Performance Factors, School Statistics, State Programs, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, User Needs (Information)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; National Forum on Education Statistics.
IES Cited: ED442475