« ACLU of Michigan Files Complaint Against District | Main | Big Suburban Districts Form Network of Their Own »

Ed. Department Outlines Plans to Avoid Faulty Data Collection

The annual U.S. News and World Report project on the nation's "Best High Schools" revealed that Common Core of Data, a rich repository of federally-maintained statistics on the nation's public schools, contained some data errors. First exposed when a Las Vegas high school received an honor from the magazine based on incorrect data, the Education Department investigated and turned up more problems.

At a recent meeting sponsored by the federal National Center on Education Statistics, officials said a "perfect storm" caused several data check procedures to fail, and outlined plans to prevent such problems from happening again. My colleague Sarah Sparks has the details in a recent post on her blog Inside School Research.

Robert Morse, the director of data research for U.S. News, participated in the same meeting and offered his perspective on the issue.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments