Current Projects

The Forum convenes working groups to produce resources that are:

  1. related to education data standards, quality, collection, use, reporting, or management;
  2. useful to a large audience within the education data community (often staff in schools, school districts, and state education agencies);
  3. consistent with the Forum mission; and
  4. not currently available from other organizations.

Working groups are comprised of Forum members, representatives of collaborating organizations (when, for example, a topic overlaps with another organization's area of expertise), Federal staff, and other experts. To ensure that working group products meet the high quality standards of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the National Forum on Education Statistics, working groups are expected to share progress reports and review drafts throughout the development process so that Forum members have an opportunity to review, offer feedback and, ultimately, approve all Forum resources prior to publication. Upon final publication of a document, the working group is disbanded and assigned status as a "completed project."

Working Groups

School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) Working Group: The working group is developing SCED Version 10, which will include new and updated courses based on recommendations from SCED users. The group is also updating SCED tools and resources, including the 2014 Forum Guide to SCED Classification System, the SCED Finder, and the Master List, and reorganizing the SCED webpages to improve usability.

Discipline Data Working Group: The working group is developing a new resource that will help education agencies improve the effectiveness of efforts to collect, report, and use disciplinary incident data. This new resource will provide information on the types of data commonly collected, discuss the importance of collecting incident data, and identify key considerations for agencies implementing and managing an incident database.

Education Indicators Working Group: The working group is developing a new resource that will provide timely and useful information on education indicators, how their collection and use have changed over time, and how agencies use them strategically. This new resource will highlight best practices for using indicators; discuss how the relevance, collection, and use of indicators has changed over time; and consider common challenges and offer best practices in creating and using education indicators.

Data Quality Working Group: The working group is developing a new resource that will provide best practices useful for states and districts to maintain quality data as these agencies regularly review and revise their methods for working with data, as well as their expectations for all staff who are responsible for education data and its quality. This document also will highlight U.S. Department of Education (ED) efforts to improve data quality. The information provided will help states and districts that may be seeking to improve or further develop their policies and practices related to data quality.