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Understanding Education Indicators A Practical Primer for Research and Policy

ISBN-10: 0807751200
ISBN-13: 9780807751206
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 8/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

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 outlines a viable approach to interpreting the vast array of available data about education in the United States, while using clear, jargon-free language with real examples from local, national, and international indicator systems.

Preface
Acknowledgments
An Overview of Indicators
What is an Indicator?
Types of Indicators
Purposes of Indicators
History of Education Indicators
Qualities of a Good Indicator
A Framework for Understanding Indicator Quality
Limitations and Distortions
Organization of the Book
Measurement
Origins of Indicators
Moving from Origination to Conceptualization to Observation
Considerations of Reliability and Validity
Summary
Sources of Information and Error
Why Does Error Exist?
Populations Versus Samples
Weighting Samples
Nonsampling Error
Analysis and Dissemination Errors
Summary
Statistics and Data Presentation
Statistical Concepts and Measures
Statistical Testing and Statistical Significance
Other Considerations for Evaluating Indicator Quality
Graphics
The Misuse of Statistical Indicators
Manipulation of Indicators
Using Indicators to Advance an Interest
So What Can Be Done?
Notes
References
Index
About the Authors

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