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The best policy decisions are those based on evidence and fact. Despite increased data availability, education policy has historically been driven by personal experience and politics. By making the abundance of pre-K–12 and higher education data easier than ever to access and analyze, we hope to change that.
This site draws on data from several sources, harmonizing variables and documentation to make it easier to look at trends and combine data. We will continue to add datasets, including data beyond education that help capture the full picture of students’ lives. We hope this site will make it easier for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to generate rigorous, accurate, and actionable insights to improve student outcomes.
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Datasets included in this portal are the US Department of Education Common Core of Data, the US Department of Education Civil Rights Data Collection, the US Census Bureau Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, the US Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the US Department of Education College Scorecard, and the National Historical Geographic Information System.