The U.S. Department of Education today is launching a new interactive Web site aimed at making accurate and timely education data available in a single place.A key element of the Department's open government plan, ED Data Express consolidates relevant data collected by the Department from several different sources and provides search tools that allow users to create individualized reports. The data is available at www.eddataexpress.ed.gov.
"Robust data gives us the roadmap to reform," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "This new website will give parents and educators reliable, accurate and timely data that they can use to evaluate reforms."
ED Data Express users will be able to access data collected by several of the Department's program offices, the National Center for Education Statistics, and The College Board. Data include results of state tests and the National Assessment of Educational Progress, graduation rates, and school accountability information. ED Data Express also publishes budget figures and demographics.
Before today's launch, almost all of the data was available on the Department's main website, www.ed.gov. But the data weren't in a centralized location, making it difficult to find. Often, it was in formats difficult to sort and compare.
On ED Data Express, users can quickly find information they need and view it in several different ways. The site provides tools that allow users to search and explore the data, create customized reports, and view state profiles with charts, tables, and key data points for every state. It also allows users to download their customized reports for further analysis.
"With these tools, we hope that policymakers and educators will be able to make decisions about the future of their programs based on the best information that's available," Secretary Duncan said.
The Department is committed to continually updating the data and to enhancing the tools available to users. A version 2.0 of ED Data Express will include enhanced data visualization tools and the ability to post data on social networking sites. It is under development and is scheduled to launch this winter.