ERIC Number: ED412291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Coverage Evaluation of the 1994-95 Common Core of Data: Public Elementary/Secondary Education Agency Universe Survey.
Owens, Stephen; Bose, Janaki
The Common Core of Data (CCD) statistical program consists of four separate surveys: (1) the Public Elementary/Secondary Education Agency Universe Survey; (2) the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey; (3) the State Nonfiscal Survey; and (4) the National Public Education Fiscal Survey. This report focuses on an evaluation of the first component, termed the "agency" survey. Results of the evaluation will be used to improve the survey and to identify potential survey problems by analyzing survey coverage. The makeup of education agencies is constantly changing, but this report provides a snapshot of the 1994-95 school year. Results indicate that the agency survey had good coverage of the traditional types of education agencies and that agencies that typically provide elementary and secondary education account for few or no coverage problems. The majority of coverage discrepancies were found for nontraditional agencies, those that provide special education, vocational education, and other services to educational agencies. Current data collection methods may be responsible for inconsistency in enrollment data, and CCD definitions may cause confusion among state coordinators. Definitional limits may be further tested by new entities such as charter schools. The CCD universe should make provisions for these new phenomena and it should be coordinated with other surveys of the National Center for Education Statistics. Well-written and comprehensive guidelines should increase the quality and integrity of the survey universe. Six appendixes provide supplemental information about the agencies and the relation of this file to other national surveys. A bibliography lists 50 state statutes, 50 state education directories, and 3 other sources. (Contains six tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Governments Div.