What is the National Center for Education Statistics?
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is:
What will I find in this Research Guide?
NCES was formed in 1974, and re-organized into its current structure within the IES in 2002. NCES focuses on the collection and dissemination of statistical data that is related to education at all levels in the United States.
According to 20 U.S.C. § 9541, the mission of the NCES is:
1) to collect and analyze education information and statistics in a manner that meets the highest methodological standards;
2) to report education information and statistics in a timely manner; and
3) to collect, analyze, and report education information and statistics in a manner that
a) is objective, secular, neutral, and nonideological and is free of partisan political influence and racial, culatural, gender, or regional bias; and
b) is relevant and useful to practitioners, researchers, policymakers and the public.
NCES collects data on all levels of education, from early childhood through postsecondary (including both college/university and technical/vocational education), and also collects data on lifelong learning, including the areas of adult literacy and libraries.
Education issues surveyed include:
Data can be used by a variety of individuals and groups, including