Education

United States

Data-Planet

  • Time period: varies by dataset
  • Geographic coverage: mostly US
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by dataset
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • Provides easy access to an extensive repository of statistics and data sources in various subjects. Find education related statistics such as public and private school census, postsecondary education (e.g., applications, enrollment, graduation rates, and faculty salaries), higher education expenditures, college athletics, and library statistics.

ED Data Inventory (beta)

  • Time period: varies by study
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • “The goal of the ED Data Inventory is to describe all data reported to the Department of Education, with the exception of personnel and administrative data.” View the inventory list to see and access the available studies, such as the Common Core of Data (CCD), National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),  Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL), Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS), and many more.

General Social Survey (GSS)

  • Time period: 1972- (varies by variable)
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): national
  • Unit of observation: individual
  • The GSS monitors American public attitudes and behaviors on a variety of topics. Find education related variables from survey questions regarding, for example, the respondents’ education background, school activities, their parents’ education level, and their opinions about the education system. Use the GSS Data Explorer to extract data of your interests.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

  • Geographic coverage: US, international
  • Unit of observation: aggregated, school
  • The NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. Find data of public and private schools as well as colleges from their data tools, or find information of surveys on, for example, assessments, early childhood, postsecondary and library.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): NAEP Data Explorer (NDE)

  • Time period: 1970s-
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): school district, state, national
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) Data Explorer provides student performance data of various subjects and grades, with background variables such as gender, race/ethnicity, public or private school, teacher experience, and more. Users can query data from their databases and create tables, charts and maps.

National Longitudinal Surveys

  • Time period: birth year cohorts 1906-21, 1922-37, 1941-52, 1943-53, 1957-64, 1980-84
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): ZIP code, tract, MSA, county, state (restricted use)
  • Unit of observation: individual
  • The National Longitudinal Surveys is a program of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The surveys contain a wide array of topics, e.g., labor market activity, schooling, fertility, health and more. Find education information such as high school and college experience, types of training, and cognitive test scores.

National Science Foundation: National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)

  • Time period: 1972- (varies by dataset)
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): state, national
  • Unit of observation: institution
  • The NCSES provides data on research and development, the science and engineering workforce, the condition and progress of STEM education, and U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D. Use their data tools to find or create data tables, or download public microdata from surveys such as FFRDC Research and Development Survey, Higher Education Research and Development Survey (HERD), and Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.

PolicyMap

  • Time period: mostly 2000-
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): block group, tract, city, county, state, ZIP code, congressional district
  • Unit of observation: varied
  • PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool that enables researchers to access data about communities and markets across the United States. It contains over 15,000 continuously updated datasets related to demographics, economy, health, education, quality of life and more. Find education information such as school district statistics & performance, school performance, cost of college, student loan debt, higher education, and educational institutions.

School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS)

  • Time period: 2009-2012
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): school attendance area, school district and other census units
  • Unit of observation: school; geographic unit
  • The School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS) provides aggregate census data and GIS boundary files for school attendance areas, or school catchment areas, for selected areas in the United States. It also provides public school data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Common Core of Data (CCD), which contains information about the fiscal and non-fiscal characteristics of schools.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

  • Time period: 1959-present
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly state and region
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • The Statistical Abstract of the United States provides comprehensive summary of statistics on education such as educational enrollment, elementary and secondary education, higher education, educational facilities, campus security, school dropouts, and more. The source notes can be used to find more detailed tables and machine-readable datasets.

US Census Bureau: School Enrollment

  • Time period: 1840-
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): ZIP codes, block group, tract, county, state
  • Find school enrollment data from multiple sources at the Census Bureau School Enrollment website: American Community Survey (ACS), Current Population Survey (CPS), Decennial Census, and Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).
International

Barro-Lee Educational Attainment Dataset

  • Time period: 1950-
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): national
  • Unit of observation: country
  • The Barro-Lee data provide data on measures of educational attainment for 146 countries in 5-year intervals. The data files are available in .xls, .csv, and .dta formats.

International Historical Statistics

  • Time period: 1750-2010
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • IHS is a collection of statistics covering a wide range of socio-economic topics. Find information on education such as number of children and teachers in schools, and students in higher education. Content is divided into three geographical areas: (1) Africa, Asia, Oceania, (2) Americas, and (3) Europe. Tables can be downloaded in Excel format.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): International Data Explorer (IDE)

  • Time period: varies by study
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The IDEs provide access to data from international studies that assess student literacy and adult competency in various subjects such as math, reading, science, problem solving, and more. Users can query data from the IDEs of each study and create tables, charts and maps.

OECD iLibrary

  • Time period: 1998- (varies by dataset, indicator, country)
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly country
  • Unit of observation: varies by dataset
  • The OECD iLibrary provides access to international data from various disciplines. Visit the OECD Education Statistics page to find datasets and indicators of topics such as education attainment, education resources, and international student assessment from around the world.

TIMSS and PIRLS

  • Time period: 1995-
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): national
  • Unit of observation: student, class, school
  • The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement’s (IEA) TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center conducts international comparative assessments of student achievement in mathematics and science (TIMSS) and in reading (PIRLS) in more than 60 countries. The databases include the student achievement data, as well as the student, parent, teacher, school, and curricular background data that are available in SAS and SPSS formats.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

  • Time period: 1970-
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The UIS is a major source of international education statistics. Use the UIS database to find and extract education indicators and other information such as entry, participation, completion, literacy, educational attainment, out-of-school children, and more.

UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)

  • Time period: 1995-present, in waves
  • Geographic coverage: International (108 low, middle, and high income countries)
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: individual or household
  • UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys is the “largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide.”  This provides data for the Millennium Development Goals indicators.  Topics include health, education, and child protection among many others.

World Bank Open Data: EdStats

  • Time period: 1970-
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly country
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • World Bank Open Data provides free and open access to data in countries around the globe. Find education statistics and data include learning outcome, education expenditure, education equality, educational attainment and more. Start from this page or use the World DataBank to query and download data.