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Education Tools

Several DATA TOOLS are available from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) that allow easy access to the most requested education statistics. Those tools, as well as some other common tools are listed below.


State Education Data Profiles Statewide information for elementary/secondary education characteristics and finance, postsecondary education, libraries and assessments for all states in the U.S. (provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES))
Tennessee Education Data Profile Tennessee information for elementary/secondary education characteristics and finance, postsecondary education, libraries and assessments for the state of Tennessee,(provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES))
Elementary/Secondary Information System (ELSi) Web application that allows users to quickly view public and private school data and create custom tables and charts of expenditures, revenues, enrollments, and pupil/teacher ratios, and other data (provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)). ELSi includes three tools:
  • ELSi QuickFacts allows users to quickly view single data elements for a state, district or school for an individual school year
  • ELSi ExpressTables allows users to view data tables for a single school year at the state, county, district, and school levels that have been frequently requested
  • ELSi TableGenerator allows users to create custom tables for a state, CBSA, county, district, or school over several school years
Census 2010 School District Comparative Profile AN NCES application that allows you to obtain demographic profiles for public school districts derived from the 2010 Census. You may also prepare a comparative profile showing demographic characteristics of one school district compared to another school district.
School District Demographic System View maps of states and school districts, while overlaying statistics on population and housing, race and ethnicity, economics and social characteristics. Use this tool to view school district boundaries in the context of a region, other school districts and other types of geography. The Map Viewer can also display demographic data, available elsewhere in SDDS in tabular format, as thematic patterns.
Map Viewer current data includes special tabulations from the 2000 Decennial Census and American Community Survey (ACS); Common Core of Data (CCD); and National Assessment of Education (NAEP) Math and Reading.
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Educational Attainment

These data report the percentage of adults with a high school degree or higher, as well as those with a bachelor's degree or higher. Data on Educational Attainment can be found from several sources. These sources are listed below with brief descriptions to help you decide which data source would best suit your needs. Availability of data by time and geography are highlighted in the sections below. The links below will take you to the appropriate page for educational attainment data by survey.

American Community Survey Timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data every year. There are over a thousand detailed ACS tables in American FactFinder (AFF). The ACS asks for information about the highest degree or level of school completed of respondents 3 years old and older.Data are available from 2000 to the present. Data are available for the U.S., states, metropolitan areas, and more specific geographic areas that meet minimum population sizes for the given survey year. Annual
Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS) Formerly the March Supplement. The ASEC, asks respondents 15 years old and older about their highest degree or level of school completed. (Those aged 3 to 14 are asked about school enrollment.) Data are available for the U.S. from 1947 to present, with limited detail for states and some metropolitan areas. Annual
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) SIPP is a longitudinal panel survey of demographic information, income, labor force characteristics, and program participation in the United States. Supplemental topical modules are included on a rotating basis and include questions on topics such as measures of well-being, field of training, and postsecondary students, costs, and financial aid. Includes highest level of school completed or degree received, school enrollment, job training, courses or programs studied, school costs and financing, and dates of receipt of high school and postsecondary degrees or diplomas for persons 15 years of age and older. Data are available for the U.S.Data are released periodically in cross-sectional, topical module, and longitudinal reports.
Decennial Census Population and housing unit counts for the entire United States. Its primary purpose is to provide the population counts that determine how seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are apportioned. Data are available for the  U.S., states, counties, and subcounty statistical areas (such as zip codes and block groups), from 1940.Every 10 years
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Completer's Data and Post-Secondary Institutions

These data include the number of people completing postsecondary educational programs at colleges and universities in a selected geographic area. Also includes degrees awarded.
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) IPEDS, established as the core postsecondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), collects data from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. IPEDS is a single, comprehensive system that encompasses all institutions and education organizations whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education. It collects institution-level data, including enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty, staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. It includes degrees and certificates awarded. Data are collected annually by NCES for the prior academic year. The data are collected by race/ethnicity and gender of recipient and by field of study.
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Education Demographics

Information about demographics, social characteristics, and economics of children and school districts.
School District Demographics System

The School District Demographics System provides access to school district demographic and related geographic data. The site's purpose is to provide access to information about demographics, social characteristics, and economics of children and school districts from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education; to enable users to directly access school district geographic and demographic data; and to provide information about school district demographic concepts, uses, and applications to facilitate effective use of these information resources.


Map Viewer allows users to view maps of states, school districts and school points, while overlaying U.S. Census Bureau and Education data.


Create your map the easy way. Select your data theme, set your options, and you're done.


The SDDS Map Viewer Mobile is designed especially for iPad (also for use by other mobile devices).

Common Core of Data (CCD) The Common Core of Data (CCD) is the U.S. Department of Education's primary database on public elementary and secondary education in the United States. CCD is a comprehensive, annual, national statistical database of all public elementary and secondary schools and school districts, which contains data that are designed to be comparable across all states. The CCD provides an official listing of public elementary and secondary schools and school districts in the nation, while also providing basic information and descriptive statistics on each. Create customized tables using the CCD Build a Table.
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