Common Education Data Standards Comment Period Closing Soon

Provide your comments on the draft of the fourth version of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). You can learn more about the standards and submit comments via the CEDS website. Be sure to submit your comments soon—the comment period ends September 20th.

CEDS supports the development of a common vocabulary for education spanning early learning through post-doctoral and workforce preparation (P-20W). It is a collection of definitions and formats for the most commonly used P-20W education data elements but does not dictate how individual data systems collect, store, and report data. CEDS is developed each year by a group of stakeholders but is also equally shaped by those that provide feedback during this public comment period.

There are over 200 proposed new V4 elements, as well as some updated elements from the previous version of CEDS. In total, the proposed CEDS Version 4 includes over 1,300 unduplicated elements. The Version 4 draft spans P-20W, including additions to:

  • Early Learning
  • K12
  • Assessment
  • Postsecondary
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Workforce
  • Adult Education
  • P-20W

You can find the Version 4 draft elements on the main CEDS element page and download the elements to a spreadsheet here. Once the elements have gone through the review process and been revised as final they will be included in the models and tools with the V4 release in January 2014.

Be sure to contribute your comments by September 20th!