National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.
Who Uses NCES Statistics?
Education statistics are used for a number of purposes:
- Congress uses them to plan federal education programs, to apportion federal funds among the states, and to serve the needs of constituents.
- Federal agencies, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Commerce and the National Science Foundation, are concerned with the supply of trained manpower produced by schools and colleges and with the subjects that are being taught.
- State Education agencies are both users and suppliers of NCES data.
- State and local officials are concerned with problems of staffing and financing public education.
- Educational organizations, such as the American Council on Education and the National Education Association, use the data for planning and research.
- The news media, such as television networks, news magazines, and many of the nation's leading daily newspapers frequently use NCES statistics to inform the public about matters such as school and college enrollment and expenditures per student.
- Business organizations use trend data on enrollments and expenditures to forecast the demand for their products.
- The general public uses education statistics to become more informed and to make intelligent decisions concerning educational issues.
We should all use the tools we have at our disposal in order to educate ourselves on the 'facts'
about our own schools.
FCNews Staff article 7/5/12