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Projections of Education Statistics to 2016
NCES 2008-060
December 2007

Section 5. Elementary and Secondary Teachers: Accuracy of Projections

An analysis of projection errors from the past 16 editions of Projections of Education Statistics indicates that the mean absolute percentage errors (MAPEs) for projections of classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools were 1.0 percent for 1 year out, 1.6 percent for 2 years out, 2.7 percent for 5 years out, and 5.5 percent for 10 years out. NCES projections of public elementary and secondary teachers produced over the last 16 years have been less accurate than NCES projections of public elementary and secondary enrollment produced over the same period. For more information on the MAPEs of different NCES projection series, see table A-2 in appendix A.

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