State Education Indicators
The Council is a strong advocate for improving the quality and comparability of assessments and data systems to produce accurate indicators of the progress of our elementary and secondary schools. The State Education Indicators Project is providing leadership in developing a system of state-by-state indicators of the condition of K-12 education. Indicators activities include collecting and reporting statistical indicators by state, tracking state policy changes, assisting with accountability systems, and conducting analyses of trends in education.
Systemic education improvement efforts need to be based on valid assessments of current conditions, data on the rate of improvement, and identification of problems. The Council's goal in developing education indicators is to assist education administrators and policymakers in making informed decisions. Towards the goal, Council staff conduct 50-state studies, produce reports, develop accessible websites, convene task forces and study groups, and provide state-specific technical assistance.
The Council's work on state education indicators currently includes five specific activities that each provide state-by-state information and trends analysis:
NAEP State-Level Indicators
- Closing the Gap in Science Achievement --- Using NAEP Science Assessment Scores to Analyze State Trends
- Closing the Gap in Reading and Math: NAEP Trends Show Significant Positive Effects for Almost Half the States
Profiles of State Indicators
Teacher Quality Indicators
- 50-State Analysis of the Preparation of Teachers and the Conditions for Teaching: Results from the NCES Schools and Staffing Survey, Rolf Blank, Carla Toye, CCSSO, 2007
- Meeting NCLB Goals for Highly Qualified Teachers: Estimates by State from Survey Data,R.K. Blank, D. Langesen, E. Laird, V. Bandeira de Mello, CCSSO, 2003.
Accountability Systems of States