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ERIC Number: ED525288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 168
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5120-0
Understanding Education Indicators: A Practical Primer for Research and Policy
Planty, Michael; Carlson, Deven
Teachers College Press
In the push to bring data to bear on all of the important education issues of the day, one essential fact is often overlooked: Not all indicators are created equal. This book provides a comprehensive approach for understanding how statistical measures of achievement are developed, evaluated, and interpreted. Given the extent to which accountability measures determine outcomes for schools and students, this practical introduction is essential reading for a wide audience that includes school administrators, teachers, policymakers, and the media. The authors strive to increase "statistical literacy" by engaging readers in the process of becoming thoughtful and critical users of data. With the practitioner in mind, this hands-on primer: (1) Outlines a viable approach to interpreting the vast array of available data about education in the United States; (2) Uses clear, jargon-free language with real examples from local, national, and international indicator systems; and (3) Offers a website ( with additional resources, examples, and a forum for up-to-the-minute policy discussions.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
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