The U.S. Department of Education today launched version 2.0 of ED Data Express, an interactive Web site aimed at making accurate and timely K-12 education data available to the public. The upgraded site adds new data visualization tools, enhanced documentation, and social networking options for users.
“By providing parents and educators with more robust and interactive ways to explore education data, we are supporting their ability to understand, evaluate and improve how we educate our children,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.
ED Data Express was first launched in August 2010 as a key element of the Department’s open government plan. The site consolidates relevant data collected by the Department from several different sources and provides a variety of tools that allow users to explore the data and create individualized reports.
Version 2.0 of ED Data Express offers a new visual layout and provides the public with more dynamic tools interact with the data such as –
- A mapping feature that allows users to view the data displayed on a map of the United States;
- A trend line tool, which displays a data element graphed across multiple school years;
- A conditional analysis tool, which allows users to view one data element based on conditions set by another data element.
In addition, the site has improved documentation and added the ability to share information from the site using social networking tools, such as Facebook or Twitter.
ED Data Express users are able to access data collected by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Performance Management Information Services Division of the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, the National Center for Education Statistics, and The College Board. Available data include state assessment results, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, graduation rates, and school accountability information. ED Data Express also publishes budget figures and demographics.
The Department is committed to continually updating the data and enhancing the tools available to users. Version 3.0 of ED Data Express will include a redesigned State Snapshots section that is under development and is scheduled to launch this winter.
To view or explore the upgraded ED Data Express Web site, visit www.eddataexpress.ed.gov.