Educational Technology

May 30, 2012

Leading indicators

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Scot A. Graden, CIO Advisor

The term “leading indicators” originated as an economic theory that allowed economists to predict “lagging indicators.” For example, they learned that examining factory orders (leading) could help predict the unemployment rate (lagging) for the next month. This concept has the potential to be very useful in the field of education.

Leading indicators have three general traits:

1.Timely & Actionable – It is reported in enough time to alter the course of action.

2.Powerful – It provides the opportunity to track progress or lack of progress.

3.Benchmarked – Levels of improvement can be determined by the users.

By monitoring certain levels of academic performance at one level, we may be able to predict future performance. Then, by focusing our efforts on these key leading indicator areas we can have a significant impact on key lagging indicators like ACT scores, high school graduation, college completion, etc.

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