ERIC Number: ED414314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
What Do We Know about Education in the States: Education Indicators in State Reports.
Clements, Barbara S.; Blank, Rolf K.
Nearly all the states produce one or more accountability or indicator reports containing data reported at one or more levels of the education system as well as data from other sources. To inform discussion about what data are useful and appropriate to report, comparisons were made of state accountability and indicator reports. A list of 74 indicators was prepared that reflected indicators commonly used in 25 national and international indicator reports. Over 100 reports from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools were reviewed. Of the 47 states, 37 reported data on average subject area proficiencies by 1 or more grade levels, 33 states reported information about graduation rates, and 37 states reported dropout rates. Also frequently reported are financial data about per pupil expenditures and expenditures by function. This report does not vouch for the quality of any data reported. A major conclusion from this study is that indicators that appear to be the same on the surface, and even have the same name, can, in fact, be very different and can answer different questions. It is a good idea for a state or district that wants to establish indicators to review current practices in schools and districts before determining what indicators to collect and report. (Contains four tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).