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School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED)




What is SCED?
SCED Version 6 Resources
Current SCED File: SCED Version 6.0.
Forum Guide to SCED Classification System
Forum Guide to SCED Publication Summary
SCED Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
SCED Finder
SCED Master List
Previous SCED Versions and Resources
SCED Version 5.0 Downloadable File
SCED Version 4.0 Downloadable File
SCED Version 3.0 Downloadable File
SCED Version 2.0 Downloadable File
Prior-to-Secondary School Course Classification System: SCED (2011)
Secondary School Course Classification System: SCED (2007)
SCED Working Group

What is SCED?

School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) is a voluntary, common classification system for prior-to-secondary and secondary school courses. It can be used to compare course information, maintain longitudinal data about student coursework, and efficiently exchange course-taking records. SCED is based on a five-digit Course Code that provides a basic structure for classifying course content. Additional SCED elements and attributes provide descriptive information about each course.

SCED is updated and maintained by a working group of state and local education agency representatives who receive suggestions and assistance from a wide network of subject matter experts at the national, state, and local levels. As a result, SCED is designed to be flexible enough that education agencies can modify it to meet their needs.

SCED Version 6 Resources

SCED Version 6 resources include the most up-to-date version of the SCED codes in a downloadable, sortable file; a best practice guide for using the codes; a one-page SCED overview, frequently asked questions, the SCED Finder, and the SCED Master List.

Current SCED File: Version 6.0 Downloadable File Excel File (339 KB)

  • A comprehensive list of all 5-digit SCED Course Codes included in SCED Version 6.0 This list includes the Course Title, SCED Course Code, Course Description, and Change Status.
  • A list of SCED Version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 Course Codes that have been archived, as well as suggested alternative Course Codes.
  • Names and definitions of the SCED Elements that make up the 12–character SCED Identifier and optional attributes that can be applied to the Identifier to provide a more robust description of courses.
  • A list of SCED Course Codes commonly included in one of the sixteen Career Clusters® or as part of a Family and Consumer Sciences plan of study. This spreadsheet is an example of how the Career Cluster attribute and the Family and Consumer Sciences Indicator can be used to identify courses from different Course Subject Areas that are part of a plan of study.

Forum Guide to School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) Classification System
This best practice guide includes

  • an overview of the SCED structure;
  • descriptions of the SCED Framework elements;
  •  recommended attributes; and
  • information for new and existing users on best practices for implementing and expanding their use of SCED.

Forum Guide to SCED Publication Summary
This one-page overview provides an introduction to SCED and an abstract for the Forum Guide to SCED. It is part of a series of outreach materials developed by the Forum.

SCED Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Excel File (6.5 MB)
This supplementary resource updates and expands upon the frequently asked questions included in the Forum Guide to SCED.

SCED Finder
The SCED Finder is a tool that helps users select predefined SCED codes and then assign elements and attributes to courses. The SCED Finder can be used by school staff, researchers, students or parents to apply SCED codes for courses in a school’s curriculum, in state/district reporting and research purposes, for guidance on course offerings, or to compare courses during transfer. Users can search the SCED using keywords or browse the entire SCED to find the appropriate course code. The tool allows users to create, edit, and export lists of courses with the selected course code and user-identified SCED elements.

SCED Master List Downloadable File Excel File (2.8 MB)
This downloadable, sortable file contains a list of every SCED Course Code published in every version of SCED. It begins with Version 1, which includes the original 2007 secondary SCED and the 2011 prior–to–secondary SCED, and continues through versions 2, 3, 4, and 5. This master list is intended to assist state and local education agencies with implementing or updating SCED.

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Previous SCED Versions and Resources

Version 5.0 Downloadable File Excel File (346 KB)

Version 4.0 Downloadable File Excel File (3.2 MB)

Version 3.0 Downloadable File Excel File (313 KB)

SCED Version 2.0 Downloadable File

Prior to Secondary School Course Classification System: SCED (2011)

Secondary School Course Classification System: SCED (2007)

SCED Working Group

Chair: Susan Williams, Virginia Department of Education

Members:
Ken Hutchins, Brandywine School District (DE)
Marilyn King, Bozeman Public Schools (MT)
Rachel Kruse, Iowa Department of Education
Kristina Martin, Macomb Intermediate School District (MI)
Raymond Martin, Connecticut Department of Education
Demetria Moon, Sioux Falls Public Schools (SD)
Jan Petro, Colorado Department of Education
Steve Smith, Cambridge Public Schools (MA)
Robin Utz, U.S. Department of Education
Ryan Wilson, Kettle Moraine School District (WI)


To suggest updates to SCED, please contact Ghedam Bairu at Ghedam.Bairu@ed.gov.

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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.