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Current Projects

The Forum convenes task forces to produce resources that are:

  1. related to education data standards, quality, collection, use, reporting, or management;
  2. useful to a large audience within the education data community (often staff in schools, school districts, and state education agencies);
  3. consistent with the Forum mission; and
  4. not currently available from other organizations;

Task forces are comprised of Forum members, representatives of collaborating organizations (when, for example, a topic overlaps with another organization's area of expertise), Federal staff, and other experts. NCES supports task force meetings prior to the Summer and Winter Forum Meetings (February and July each year) and up to two other times throughout the course of a calendar year.

To ensure that task force products meet the high quality standards of NCES and the National Forum on Education Statistics, task forces are expected to share progress reports and review drafts throughout the development process so that Forum members have an opportunity to review, offer feedback and, ultimately, approve all Forum resources prior to publication. Upon final publication of a document, the task force is disbanded and assigned status as a "completed project" (see below).

Completed Task Forces

Crime, Violence and Discipline
Crime, Violence, and Discipline Working Group
Crisis Data Management
Data Cycle Action Plan
Data Ethics
Data Quality
Data Quality Curriculum
Data Use Working Group
Decision Support System Literacy
Education Facilities
Education Performance Indicators
Exit Codes
FERPA Toolkit Action
LEA Data Access for Researchers
Longitudinal Data Systems
PK12 Data Model
Prior-to-Secondary School Course Classification
School Facility Maintenance
SEA Data Use
Section 508 Accessibility Working Group
Student Privacy
Teacher-Student Data Link Working Group
Technology in Schools
Virtual Education
Weaving a Secure Web


Publications of the National Forum on Education Statistics do not undergo the formal review required for products of the National Center for Education Statistics. The information and opinions published here are the product of the National Forum on Education Statistics and do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the U.S. Department of Education or the National Center for Education Statistics.

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