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Free Publications - Data Handbooks

The National Forum on Education Statistics develops free resources on a variety of issues that affect schools, school districts, and state education agencies. Each publication is based on extensive, objective research and the collective experience and expertise of a wide variety of education professionals. Past publications are reviewed and updated periodically to keep up with changes in a dynamic educational system.

Data Handbooks

Cover image thumbnail of the Prior-to-Secondary  School Course Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data  (SCED) (2011)      Prior-to-Secondary School Course Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED) (2011)
This document provides a taxonomy and course descriptions intended to help schools and education agencies maintain longitudinal information about students’ coursework in an efficient, standardized format that facilitates the exchange of records as students transfer from one school, district, state, or level to another.
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Cover image thumbnail of the NCES Nonfiscal Data Handbook for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education      NCES Nonfiscal Data Handbook for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
The NCES Handbooks define standard education terms for students, staff, schools, local education agencies, intermediate education agencies, and state education agencies.
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Cover image thumbnail of the NCES Handbooks Online State Customization Tool      NCES Handbooks Online State Customization Tool
This is the Content Administrator site for NCES Handbooks Online (which defines standard education terms for students, staff, schools, local education agencies, intermediate education agencies, and state education agencies).
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Cover image thumbnail of the Secondary School  Course Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED)(2007)   Secondary School Course Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED)(2007)
This NCES data handbook provides taxonomy for assigning standard codes to secondary school courses in 22 major subject areas.
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Cover image thumbnail of the NCES Financial Accounting for Local and State School Systems: 2003 Edition (2003)   NCES Financial Accounting for Local and State School Systems: 2003 Edition (2003)
This NCES Handbook is designed to be the national standard for state departments of education when reporting financial data and for school districts when preparing comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs).
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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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