The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) produces and disseminates a wide variety of publications. Their content ranges from survey documents that present little more than tabular data to sophisticated studies that present more complex analysis of raw data. The analysis documents tend to contain more textual information with occasional tabular data or graphic presentations.
The NCES website (http://nces.ed.gov) provides access to a wide range of publications and data sets about education in the United States and other nations. The NCES Electronic Catalog can be used to locate both individual publications and data products, and groups of publications and data products for specific data collections.
The NCES website also includes electronic access to data through a number of different means:
Single copies of education publications and data products are also available at no
cost, while supplies last, at:
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 22207
Alexandria, VA 22304
Publications and data products are available for sale at the Government Printing Office (GPO). Call GPO at 202.512.1800.
|NCES Public-Use Databases
|NCES surveys||Public-use database availability|
|Elementary/Secondary Surveys provide data on the condition of public and private education. Data are collected through both administrative record universe data collections and large-scale sample surveys|
|# Common Core of Data (CCD)||Public School Universe Survey Data: 1987-Present
Public Agency (School District) Universe Survey Data: 1988-Present
State-Level Nonfiscal Survey Data: 1983-Present
State-Level Public Education Financial Survey Data: 1989-Present
Early Release Files
|# Decennial Census School District 2000||Decennial School District Data
Special Abstract File1990 Census data for 15,000 school districts
|# National Household Education Survey (NHES)||NHES 1991/1993/1995/1996|
|# Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)||SASS 1987-88/1990-91/1993-94|
|# Teacher Followup Survey (TFS)||TFS 1988-89/1991-92/1994-95|
Postsecondary Surveys provide planners, policymakers, and educators with data on the nations 10,600 postsecondary institutions. Universe data are collected through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, and sample surveys are used to collect additional data.
|# Baccalaureate and Beyond Survey (B&B)||B&B:1993-94|
|# Beginning Postsecondary Student Longitudinal Survey (BPS)||BPS:90/92 (First Follow-Up)
BPS:90/94 (Second Follow-Up)
|# Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)||IPEDS 1987Present
Numerous data files from individual IPEDS components
|# National Household Education Survey (NHES) Adult components||NHES 1991/1993
|# National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey (NPSAS)||NPSAS 1987
|# National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF)||NSOPF 88
|# Recent College Graduates Study (RCG)||RCG 1991|
Longitudinal Surveys provide ongoing descriptive information about the major transition phases of students lives and about what is occurring at different levels of education.
|# Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort (ECLS)||Forthcoming|
|# Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS)||Forthcoming|
|# High School and Beyond (HS&B)||HS&B 1992 (Sophomore Cohort: 1980-92; Senior Cohort: 1980-86)|
|# National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88)||NELS:88/94|
|# National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 (NLS-72)||NLS-72 complete data set|
Education Assessments provide information on the academic performance of the nations students as well as the literacy level of the adult population.
|# National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)||Summary Data Tables from various years|
|# National Assessments of Adult Literacy (NAAL)||1992|
Library Surveys include information on academic and public libraries, school libraries, and state library agencies.
|# Library Statistics Program||Academic Library: 1992, 1994
Federal Libraries and Information Center: FY 1994
Public Libraries Survey: FY 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
State Library Agencies Survey: FY 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Longitudinal Surveys provide statistical information comparing the educational experiences and trends in other countries to those of the United States.
|# Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)||Populations1, 2, and 3 (available through the
Video Examples from the TIMSS Videotape Classroom Study: 8th Grade Mathematics in Germany, Japan, and the United States