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November 21, 2013  |   Posted by :   |     |   Comments Off on Mandate»


Definition: The category of mandate is broad and includes any reason that data are collected or reported.

What This Means: In the education world, mandates range from the official to the unofficial. Laws, policies, regulations, court orders, etc. can be very official, even if they are not very specific. Research requests, evaluation questions, and program objectives can be very specific even if they are not very official. As used in DataSpecs, mandate is a description of the source of requirements for the collection or output/report. “Mandates” might include a legislative act, a section of law, administrative code or procedure, or local policy.


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