Before one can examine whether the curriculum, the WHAT taught, matches the needs of society, one has to have a bench mark as to what the curriculum is and what it should match, from an objective vantage point. Now curriculum is determined by learned committees helped by publishers' provisions. Outside of what has been done historically, and the creativity of the committees, there is no guide to keep up with the fast paced changes in our environment.
The EDUindex is a correlation of the subjects taught in school, and thus the skills taught; and the current job classifications and thus the skills needed in the marketplace. It is formulized based on the Pearson's r formula with the published class offerings representing the skills taught; and standard databases including the Standard Industry Codes (SIC) and the correlating Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) representing the skills needed, that can be sorted per zip codes.
A school can have an index within their zip code, the originally published EDUindex for a school, and can measure how well they are doing against any other zip code. The EDUindex, as a correlation coefficient is expressed as a number from 0 to 1.0 with 1.0 representing a perfect match (An unlikelihood, no matter what.) The EDUindex per school, district, city, state and region is published and can be accessed by the general public through our website and other authorized sites and publications.
In statistics, the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (sometimes referred to as the PMCC, and typically denoted by r) is a measure of the correlation (linear dependence) between two variables X and Y, giving a value between +1 and −1 inclusive. It is widely used in the sciences as a measure of the strength of linear dependence between two variables. It was developed by Karl Pearson from a similar but slightly different idea introduced by Francis Galton in the 1880s. The correlation coefficient is sometimes called "Pearson's r."
The EDUindex stands for the degree to which our curriculum is relevant.
The EDUindex is calculated by a formula and data bases based on pearson r, a statistical correlational formula, and measures how well what we teach matches the skills needed that are represented in the environment.
It is an indicator on what classes we might be able to offer that would increase relevancy for students. A perfect score means that we offer every skill needed in the environment and like all perfect things, this is highly improbable to ever happen.
Other schools may have a more robust elective program that better matches the needs.
The Gap Report includes your school against your immediate environment, that is your same zip code. Should you want to have your school against other zip code, in another state, for example. Ask EDUindex, Inc. at email@example.com