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National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is one of the main resources for educational data. This information is highly trustworthy and authoritative in nature. The NCES describes itself as the "primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally" (https://nces.ed.gov/about/).
The NCES website has many different data sets which may be able to answer your educational data questions. The following are some of the commonly used and important data sets collected by the NCES.
NCES Fast Facts
Quick and concise information on a variety of educational topics covering early childhood through adult learning.
NCES - Common Core of Data
This data resource is the primary database of public schools in the U.S. Some examples of publications include graduation rates and funding.
NCES - National Assessment of Educational Progress
This data continually assesses what U.S. students know across different subject areas and is known as the "nation's report card."
NCES - Condition of Education Report
The Condition of Education report is a legally mandated annual report given to Congress. Current data is used to analyze and understand current trends and developments in Education.
NCES - Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
IPEDS data is based on surveys sent out to Higher Education organizations with students who receive federal financial aid. Information such as finances, faculty, programs, and much more is collected annually.
NCES - State Education Data Profiles
This tool provides statewide information on elementary and secondary schools. This is a great tool for getting an overview of education in each state. States can also be easily compared.
NCES - Digest of Education Statistics
The Digest of Education Statistics is a compilation of data from many sources, both public and private, that cover all areas of education in the U.S. including education attainment, libraries, federal funding, and more.
Other Education Data Databases and Links
Data-Planet This link opens in a new window
Data-Planet is a database full of many data sets from multiple sources. Data-Planet is a great resource to use to locate, obtain, visualize, and compare data and variables. Data-Planet can be overwhelming for new users. Please contact me (Education liasion - Sean Kennedy, email@example.com) for assistance!
Historical Statistics of the United States This link opens in a new window
This database contains historical data on areas of life in the U.S. Topics cover many areas of education including earnings by education level and demographics of schools. Tip: Education data is rooted under "Part B - Work and Welfare."
U.S. Census data on Education
U.S. Census data can provide many insights into education especially when it comes to educational attainment and enrollment.