The National Forum on Education Statistics (Forum)

is a voluntary, democratic, participative group that is committed to improving the quality, comparability, and usefulness of elementary and secondary education data while remaining sensitive to data burden concerns. The mission of the Forum is to plan, recommend, and develop education data resources that will support local, state, and national efforts to improve public and private education throughout the United States. Its membership includes representatives from federal offices involved with education data, including the U.S. Department of Education; representatives from state and local education agencies in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; representatives from education agencies in the extra-state jurisdictions; and national organizations with an interest in elementary and secondary education data.