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About CCD

What is CCD?

The Common Core of Data (CCD) is the Department of Education's primary database on public elementary and secondary education in the United States. CCD is a comprehensive, annual, national database of all public elementary and secondary schools and school districts.

Online Documentation

The Online Documentation for CCD nonfiscal universe data contains information about the background, procedures, and methods of CCD.


Commonly asked questions (and answers) users have about public elementary and secondary education.


Research articles, books, and dissertations based on CCD data can be found using this NCES Bibliography Search Tool.

Contact Information

Cornman, Stephen
National Public Education Finance; School District Finance

Keaton, Patrick
Directory files and data use

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Data Tables

The following are additional CCD data tables that do not appear in other reports or documentation.

Virtual Schools, Counts and Enrollment
Dropout/Completer Data
Nonfiscal Data
Fiscal Data

The following are links to other NCES tables or reports that include CCD data: Links to other NCES tables with CCD data


Use this site to get finance information on public elementary/secondary education.

CCD Data Collection

CCD nonfiscal data are collected by the U.S. Department of Educationís EDFacts office. EDFacts collects data for offices throughout the department, in addition to CCD. This page provides resources used by state education agencies in reporting data to USED.†These include file specifications and business rules that may also be of interest to data users.

State Coordinators' Corner

This page provides resources for CCD coordinators.† It includes coordinatorsí contact information and links to statesí education departments.

Publications for Coordinators
Coordinators' Resources
Nonfiscal Coordinators Contact Information
Fiscal Coordinators Contact Information

Learn More About CCD

The Distance Learning Dataset Training System (DLDT) is an online, interactive tool that allows users to learn about NCES data across the education spectrum and evaluate it for suitability for particular research purposes. The DLDT computer-based training modules are designed to introduce users to many NCES datasets, their design, and considerations for analysis to facilitate successful analyses.