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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.

Member Resources

Resources for Forum members, including information on Forum committees, meetings, member responsibilities, and outreach


Free resources on a variety of issues that affect schools, school districts, and state education agencies

School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED)

A voluntary, common classification system for prior-to-secondary and secondary school courses

About the Forum

Information on the Forum's history, mission, organization, and resources

Forum Member Training

Materials designed to help orient newly appointed members to their role in the Forum

Current Projects

Overview of Forum Working Groups currently developing best practice resources