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Data Sources: Education

Key Resources


  • The National Center for Education Statistics  
    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. As such there are a number of longitudinal studies available on the NCES web site as well as at ICPSR.
  • The Common Core of Data
    Annual, national statistical database of information about public elementary and secondary schools (e.g., enrollment by grade, student characteristics, number of teachers) and school districts (e.g., number of students, number of high school graduates in the previous year).
  • National Center for Education Statistics
    NCES preserves and disseminates education data. Datasets include:
  • National Education Longitudinal Study 1988
    A sample of eighth-graders surveyed in 1988 on a range of topics. A sample were resurveyed through four follow-ups in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000. The study has four types of data files - student, teacher, parent, and school - although note each type is available for each survey year.
  • Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)
    A survey of the characteristics and conditions of America's public and private schools and the teachers and principals who work in them.
  • National Household Education Surveys (NHES)
    These surveys cover learning at all ages, from early childhood to school age to adulthood. Surveys include adult education (1991, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003), early childhood program participation (1991, 1995, 1999, 2001), and parent and family involvement in education (1996, 1999, 2003) among others.
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
    IPEDS is a system of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education. Study components include earned degrees/completions, fall enrollment, staff, finance, institutional characteristics, salaries, tenure, and fringe benefits of full-time instructional faculty.

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