Why are ‘Leading Indicator’ Data so Important?
Leading indicator data have the most measurable impact on a child’s learning outcomes. Collecting child development data before, or on entry, to kindergarten impacts educators in different ways.
Teachers are able to:
Principals are able to:
Inefficiencies of Trailing Indicator Data
Data from provincial and state monitoring systems often provide ‘trailing indicators’, data recorded from previous years, to:
- Show the distribution of educational outcomes across schools;
- Examine long-term trends in child outcomes; and Assess the extent of inequalities in educational outcomes among ethnic and social class groups and between the sexes.
Trailing indicator data act as a useful measurement tool for situational analysis, but has limited impact on the learning outcomes of children who require immediate intervention.