State Education Data Profiles

This site is helpful for planning programs that support education. A U.S. Department of Education agency cooperative collects and analyzes data related to national and international elementary and secondary education, and to libraries at the national, state, and local levels (among other activities) . and provides information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The Postsecondary, Adult, and Career Education Division (PACE) provides data on the following: relevant institutions; student financial aid and student access; persistence, completion, and outcomes for postsecondary education; and education and training to prepare for work. It also offers sample surveys. The National Assessment of Educational Progress  provides you with the ability to create custom datasets and tables, use search and peer comparison tools, and use pre-constructed questionnaire item banks. You can make state and district profiles, comparisons, and maps, and search tables, figures, popular keywords, and titles to validate assumptions about program context and need.

State Preschool Yearbook

National Institute for Early Education Research

Useful for anyone planning an early learning program, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) collects and communicates research supporting effective early childhood education. It aims to describe excellence in terms that policy makers can use and the general public can easily understand; to monitor and evaluate national and state progress in this area; to develop and analyze model legislation, standards, regulations, and other policies that improve quality of and access to good preschool programs. You can also compare alternative policies. The 2010 Yearbook allows users to click a state or region to view its profile as a PDF document. The Roadmap to State Profile Pages link describes the data and terminology used in the profiles. Other tools include fast facts and figures, research data, and publications.


State and County Estimates of Low Literacy

This site can help users plan literacy programs for adults. It provides estimates of adults who lack basic prose literacy skills (BPLS) for all states and counties in the United States based on statistical models developed from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) and the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). NCES produced user-friendly tables to compare literacy estimates across states or counties and across years, including data such as levels of educational attainment and race/ethnicity distributions. These are considered the best predictions that can be made in the absence of any other literacy assessment data available. You can view state or county estimates or compare any two states or counties.

Locators for Public School Districts, Public Schools, or Private Schools

These simple locators identify local schools and potential partners among similar institutions. The easiest way to do this is by typing in the city, state, and the first word from the school name. The information is from the Common Core of Data (CCD) for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years. This Data are directly collected annually from State Education Agencies (SEAs). A list of all the State CCD Coordinators and their contact information is available on the NCES website. See the site glossary for variable codes and definition descriptions.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Center

The tools on this site have been developed by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics, which began to collect data in 1993. Data includes U.S. postsecondary education institution characteristics, institution prices, enrollment, student financial aid, degrees and certificates conferred, student persistence and success, and institutional human and fiscal resources. You can retrieve information for a single institution, view trends over time, or create other data based on the surveys. The IPEDS State Data Center facilitates the use of existing IPEDS data to describe conditions by state. Three data retrieval tools are available: custom data tables, state profiles, and predefined reports


Education Data Analysis Tool (EDAT)

The Education Data Analysis Tool (EDAT) can help you define target needs and designing educational programs. It is most useful for staff trained to work with statistics. EDAT guides you through selecting a survey, population, and variables relevant to your needs, and lets you download NCES datasets to your computer. Currently, EDAT contains data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (Kindergarten Class of 1998-99), the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, the National Household Education Survey, the Schools and Staffing Survey, the Teacher Follow-up Survey, and the School Survey on Crime and Safety. You need one of the recommended statistical software packages or a generic file format (ASCII or CSV) to use this tool, but EDAT will create a custom syntax file for use with your software.


Common Core of Data (CCD)

This group of databases, all available from a single web page, provides a variety of information about education agencies. Records may vary in content and detail, but in general these data are useful in planning programs to support formal education and identify potential target audiences and partner organizations. Most data are organized by state. Topics include general information about types of agencies (regular local school district, local school district component of supervisory union, etc.); students (membership counts, total PK-12, students with IEPs, summer migrant students, English language learners, diploma recipients, and other high school completers, etc.); and staff (instructional, administrative, counselors, library, support). Financial data, longitudinal comparisons between school districts, and other information is available. You can build your own tables of pertinent information drawn from data sets.

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