ERIC Number: ED462392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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An Introduction and SDDB Primer with Lessons Learned in Meriden, Connecticut.
Yakimowski, Mary E.
The School District Data Book (SDDB) is an information resource from the National Center of Education Statistics that contains social, economic, and administrative data for each of the 15,274 public school districts (local education agencies, or LEAs) in the United States. This paper addresses the information and capabilities of the SDDB that can be used to assist decision and policymakers from one school district in Meriden (Connecticut). The research uses that can be made of the SDDB profile reports and supplemental tables are explored. A study of 1990 census information about Meriden's educational reference grouping process, a process that allows comparison of seven district "reference groups," demonstrates the use of SDDB database capabilities and the analysis of its data through the Statistical Software Package for Social Studies. Meriden's example illustrates ways in which the SDDB can provide vital statistics to meet the needs of educational communities. Appendix A presents the SDDB general characteristics profile (seven tables). Appendix B presents School District tabulations in four tables. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Data Collection, Databases, Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Institutional Characteristics, National Surveys, Profiles, School Districts, School Statistics, Socioeconomic Status, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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