ERIC Number: ED422429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
One Yard Below: Education Statistics from a Different Angle.
Education Intelligence Agency, Carmichael, CA.
This report offers a different perspective on education statistics by highlighting rarely used "stand-alone" statistics on public education, inputs, outputs, and descriptions, and it uses interactive statistics that combine two or more statistics in an unusual way. It is a report that presents much evidence, but few conclusions. It is not intended to answer many questions, but rather to change the questions that are asked. The first area considered is that of education finance. Tables of per-pupil spending indicate that geography appears to account for the majority of the difference in spending, although there are many unexpected findings in these charts. These tables also bring into question the widely held belief that urban districts are starved for resources compared to nonurban districts. In general, the tables indicate that large urban districts are spending more per pupil than the large suburban districts. It also appears that wealthy and poor school districts allocate their funds in approximately the same percentages no matter where they are located. Observing how much is spent on labor costs in a school district raises a whole new set of questions, as does an examination of the labor pool. Support for increased education spending is de facto a call for increased spending on teachers. Some other issues are also deserving of a view that differs from that usually taken. Dialogue is necessary about special education. Current practices are making illiteracy a disease, and the question of the proper role for special education merits increased attention. Teacher mobility and peer review are other issues that deserve more attention in policy debates. The gender, racial, and ethnic makeup of the nation's public work force has become a political football, but so far there is little research concerning the real effects of the demographic characteristics of teachers on academic achievement. (Contains 13 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Intelligence Agency, Carmichael, CA.