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Education Data and Statistics

The Education Data and Statistics guide lists frequently used popular sources of quantitative summary data and microdata from the United States and the world.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Resources

"The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is 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."

This sitemap provides an overview of the NCES website. Useful pages include:

Online publications (including many annual reports dating back to 1991) can be searched here, including

  • The Condition of Education (available online from 1989 to present)

    "A Congressionally mandated annual report on" multiple "key indicators of the condition of education in the United States. These indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics and are updated as data become available." Print volumes at Firestone.

  • Digest of Education Statistics - (available online from 1990 to present) ".  Older volumes in print.                      

Other widely-used programs available online via NCES include:

NCES Data Tool