Education topics include educational attainment, school enrollment and performance.

There are several sources of education data discussed here.

American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS), a product of the U.S. Census Bureau, is an ongoing survey that collects information on the characteristics of the population. The data are available for small geographies and areas with small populations. ACS data is available on the Census Bureau’s search engine American Fact Finder.

Topics on education included in the ACS are:

Educational Attainment

School Enrollment

Type of School (Public/Private)

Bachelor’s Degree Field of Study

National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (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.

NCES maintains several programs on education:

The Common Core of Data (CCD) collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts, and state education agencies on an annual basis. The data are supplied by state education agency officials and include information that describes schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.

The Private School Universe Survey (PSS) collects data about private schools on a biennial basis. The survey is completed by administrative personnel in private schools. Information collected includes: religious orientation; level of school; size of school; length of school year, length of school day; total enrollment; number of high school graduates, whether a school is single-sexed or coeducational and enrollment by sex; number of teachers employed; program emphasis; existence and type of kindergarten program.

Access data from the CCD and PSS on the web application ElSi.

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by NCES.  IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. Available information includes enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid.

Go to the IPEDS Data Center.

Kentucky Department of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) maintains a public school data and information portal. The Open House portal provides access to basic information on Kentucky’s school and districts, school and district report cards, and supplemental data not included in the report card.

Go the the KDE Open House.

KIDS COUNT Data Center

The KIDS COUNT Data Center is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, created to track the well-being of children in the United States.  Data provided by the Kentucky Youth Advocates tracks the well-being of Kentucky’s children by county and by school district.

One of the topics covered by the KIDS COUNT Data Center is Education, including indicators related to early childhood, school age children, young adults, school performance and more.