This document describes education data collection and reporting standards through the combined efforts of data providers, producers, and users at the local, state, and federal levels. The standards do not attempt to prescribe the types of data that should be collected. Rather, they are intended to serve as a guide to the key phases of data collection and reporting. The standards identify the qualities that characterize good measures and describe the process of selecting and evaluating appropriate measures that will result in data of the highest quality—data that provide useful, timely, accurate, and comparable information.
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.