Definition: An indicator is a statistic that is calculated and reported to measure a useful condition or status.

What This Means: Indicators are also called metrics or analytics. They are used to provide guidance to answer a key policy question or make some other data-driven decision. Adequate Yearly Progress, dropout rate, and average daily attendance are indicators. The goal within an education environment is to find those indicators that lead to actions. (See our Optimal Reference Guide, “From Information to Insight – the point of indicators” at


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