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ERIC Number: ED483092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 4
National Institute of Statistical Sciences/Education Statistics Services Institute Task Force on Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Indicators. Final Report. NCES 2005-105
National Center for Education Statistics
In October 2003, NCES asked the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) and the Education Statistics Services Institute (ESSI) to convene a task force of measurement and policy experts to examine current high school graduation, completion, and dropout indicators (GCD) and recommend improvements in the measures. The Task Force was asked to consider these issues both in terms of developing indicators for reporting measures of schools and school systems and for broader measures of community-level needs. In this report, the Task Force recommends NCES take the lead in working with states to develop the student record systems they require to produce these recommended rates; and in coordinating the collection and reporting efforts to help ensure comparability across schools, school districts, and states. It encourages NCES to continue producing population-based estimates designed for purposes other than evaluating schools or school systems, emphasizing studying the quality of data used to compile the indicators; and to conduct more frequent longitudinal through high school and into adulthood, including data to better study high school graduates, completers, and dropouts. The report concludes that the Task Force believes that the importance and complexity of human, political, and statistical issues associated with GCD indicators demand that NCES play a leadership role in making recommendations to states regarding calculation of indicators and associated data requirements, and assisting states in implementing the recommendations. Without such leadership, the result might be chaos, confusion and-- worst--failure to meet the fundamental goal of the NCLB Act that all children be educated well. To summarize, the Task Force asserts, that NCES leadership is important, not just for NCLB, but also for general improvement of education data and urges the Commissioner to consider the most effective ways to achieve this goal.
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Graduation Rate, Dropout Rate, High School Graduates, Secondary Education, Data Analysis, Statistical Data, Educational Research, High School Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Statistical Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC.; Education Statistics Services Inst., Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes
IES Publication: http://ies.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2005105