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Education Statistics Sources

A guide to finding education related statistics.

Government Sources

Although one would expect the Census Bureau's data to be individually focused, there is also some school and school district data.  Do a search or use the A-Z list to find what's available under Education.

For those interested in international statistics, Census has compiled a page with links for  national statistical agencies around the world: http://www.census.gov/aboutus/stat_int.html

The Michigan Department of Education has an information rich Web site. Most of the statistical analyses researchers will need are loaded and readily available.  Among the titles available:  Michigan K-12 School Districts Ranked By Selected Financial Data

The U.S. Department of Education home page offers a quick link to Research and Statistics Facts and Figures.

The National Center for Education Statistics has a Fast Facts page and also makes a great deal of statistical information available. Their server includes .PDF files for the complete text of several statistical publications including; Condition of Education Projections of Education Statistics and Digest of Education Statistics.

Look under Survey and Programs for major data sets (IPEDS, NEAP, etc.) grouped by population studied.

The TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is another highlight.

College Navigator is aimed at students exploring college options but has some good basic statistics on specific institutions.

To facilitate drilling down to the state level, the Department's EROD service (Education Resource Organizations Directory) has posted a list of State Departments of Education for all fifty states.

The OECD Education Database  provides internationally comparable data on key aspects of the education systems. On-line access features data on: educational finance, students enrolled, new entrants to a level of education, graduates, and educational personnel.

Unesco offers a couple of data sources:

UNESCO Institute for Statistics  contains global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, technology, culture and communication. See the "Core Theme" of education in the column on the left.

The World Data on Education  from the UNESCO International Bureau of Education  provides data for international comparison. Data contained in the country by country profiles have been organized on the basis of a common structure so as to facilitate the searching, analysing and systematizing of available information.

WebCASPAR  from the National Science Foundation provides easy access to a large body of statistical data resources for science and engineering (S&E) at U.S. academic institutions. WebCASPAR emphasizes S&E, but its data resources also provide information on non-S&E fields and higher education in general.

World Bank Data - Education  offers data on education inputs, participation, efficiency, and outcomes. Much of the data here is from UNESCO (see above) but they also draw from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country. 

The World Bank site also hosts a section called Edstats from their Human Development Network.  The site is somewhat duplicative, but Edstats seems to have some more detailed information.

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