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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Education Data
Education research has long had a poor reputation despite its many valuable contributions to policy and practice. The data to answer questions about public education have often been insufficient, poorly planned, poorly understood, or poorly funded, and the result has been confusion about what the data mean. Data on high school dropouts is a prime example—differing methods of calculating dropout rates have led to strikingly different, and often misleading, results. Two reports on that issue, as well as reports on other measurement issues, clarify the problems with education data and propose new approaches.

Completed Projects

Exploring an Integrated Descriptive Data System for Teacher Preparation (BOTA)
BOTA conducted a planning meeting in February of 2014 to explore the potential for one or more projects at the NRC for improving available data about teacher preparation, following up on a recommendation of the 2010 NRC report... Read more

Published Reports


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