Our nation, in numbers. USAFacts provides a comprehensive, nonpartisan view of the state of our union.
Open Government - Data.gov
Data.gov is the federal government’s open data site, and aims to make government more open and accountable. Opening government data increases citizen participation in government, creates opportunities for economic development, and informs decision making in both the private and public … Continued
Our World In Data
Living conditions around the world are changing rapidly. Explore how and why.
See the latest trends, data and visualizations from Google. Find out what's trending near you right now.
Media Literacy Resources - NewseumED
Looking for resources on fighting fake news and developing your students' media literacy skills? See highlights from our activities, lessons and guest blogs.
Common Sense Education empowers students and educators with digital citizenship tools and teaching strategies to advance learning in the digital age.
A Safer Internet for All
Working to make the online world safer for kids and their families through enlightened public policy, industry best practice and good digital parenting.
Data Sketches - A Shirley & Nadieh Collaboration
Access data through products and tools including data visualizations, mobile apps, interactive web apps and other software.
School Districts Data - Census Bureau
Data Tools - Locators
Product information and search tools. Find information, locate, learn how to order, and browse the content of NCES publications or download data files.
NCES DataLab - Education data through fast, flexible, and powerful tools
NCES DataLab offers public access to wealth of data on the condition of American education. This suite of online data analysis tools (PowerStats, TrendStats, and QuickStats) allow users to create tables and regressions to answer critical questions about education across the nation.
ERIC - Education Resources Information Center
ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
Surveys & Data
Explore all of IMLS's data, including the Public Libraries Survey, Museum Universe Data File, and State Library Administrative Agency Survey.
The GDELT Project
Google Trends - Top Charts
Explore charts of the most searched real-world people, places and things.
- Global Open Data Index
Google Public Data Explorer
The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. You don't have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.
The Open Syllabus Project – Opening the curricular black box
Information is Beautiful
Dedicated to distilling the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams.
Per Pupil Spending Varies Heavily Across the United States
Census Bureau Releases New Public Education Finance Data - Per pupil spending for the nation was $10,700 during fiscal year 2013, but varied among states.
The Opportunity Gap: Is Your State Providing Equal Access to Education?
This database includes all public schools in districts with more than 3,000 students from the 2009-2010 school year -- about three-quarters of all such students in the country. Use it to find out how well your state provides poor and wealthier schools equal access to advanced classes that researchers say will help them later in life.
UChicago Consortium on School Research | The University of Chicago
Nonprofit Explorer - ProPublica
In April 2013, the IRS released structured data culled from the tax returns of almost 616,000 tax-exempt organizations. Use this database to find organizations and see details like their executive compensation, revenue and expenses, as well as download their tax filings going back as far as 2001.
Worldwide displacement hits all-time high as war and persecution increase
One in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.
The Research that Reaches the Public: Who Produces the Educational Research Mentioned in the News Media?
Even people who know or care deeply about schools often lack the time or the inclination to wade through academic journals on education. Instead they get most of their information from the trade press or popular press. Because the research featured in these outlets influences policymakers, practitioners and parents, it is important to know who produces the educational research mentioned in the news media. Of particular interest is the proliferation, in recent decades, of advocacy-oriented private think tanks, many of which eschew traditional, peer-reviewed academic forums such as refereed academic journals or conferences, which are designed to provide a measure of quality control before a research report is finalized and disseminated. They focus instead on actively seeking out publicity in the popular press. A key focus of this report is the degree to which such research is actually represented in popular media outlets.
On the Block: Student Data and Privacy in the Digital Age
Computer technology has made it possible to aggregate, collate, analyze, and store massive amounts of information about students. School districts and private companies that sell their services to the education market now regularly collect such information, raising significant issues about the privacy rights of students.Most school districts lack the resources to manage all of the student data that federal and state laws now require that they collect and report. As a result, they are likely to hire private vendors to identify, collect, manage, and analyze student data. This has opened up opportunities for private vendors to access student information and to share it with others. Further, the computerization of student work offers opportunities for companies that provide education technology and educational applications to obtain and pass on to third parties information about students.Which information may be appropriately collected, who has a right to see it, how long the information may be held, and how errors and inaccuracies are to be corrected have become critical policy issues. Important in this mix is that student information, even information in the form of “anonymized” meta-data (or massive amounts of data reported without linking specific information and individuals), is valuable to marketers interested in selling products and services to students and their families.Because of these critical concerns, this year’s report on school commercializing trends reviews the policy landscape related to student data and assesses the dangers associated with the dearth of policies to protect students and their families from third parties who wish to profit from access to information collected through schools.
Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2015: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence
This 2015 report is third in a series of annual reports on virtual education in the U.S.. It is organized in three major sections. Section I examines the policy and political landscape associated with virtual schooling and describes the current state of affairs related to finance and governance, instructional program quality, and teacher quality. The authors analyze to what extent, if any, policy in the past year has moved toward or away from their 2014 recommendations. Based on an analysis of legislative development across all states, the authors find that troubling issues continue to outpace informed policy.Section II reviews the research relevant to virtual schools. It finds that despite considerable enthusiasm for virtual education in some quarters, there is little credible research to support virtual schools’ practices or to justify ongoing calls for ever greater expansion. The authors find that even as research on virtual schooling has increased, there is still little high-quality evidence that justifies ongoing calls for the expansion of virtual schools.Section III provides a descriptive census of full-time virtual schools and their expansion based on data gathered from state, corporate and organizational sources. Details on enrollment include the student characteristics of race/ethnicity, sex, free and reduced lunch eligibility, special education designation, ELL status, and grade level. Other information includes student-teacher ratios. In addition, details on student achievement include Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) ratings, state ratings, and graduation rates. Below are downloadable and/or printable files. The first is the complete brief (including all sections and appendices). Below it are the individual sections, each of which may be downloaded separately.
The first massive open online course, or MOOC, launched in September 2008 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Via the web, anyone could attend the cla...
New Interest, Old Rhetoric, Limited Results, and the Need for a New Direction for Computer-Mediated Learning
The pace of technological advancement, combined with improvements technology has brought to other sectors, is leading policymakers and educators alike to take another look at computers in the classroom, and even at computers instead of classrooms. In particular, advances in computational power, memory storage, and artificial intelligence are breathing new life into the promise that instruction can be tailored to the needs of each individual student, much like a one-on-one tutor. The term most often used by advocates for this approach is “Personalized Instruction.” Despite the advances in both hardware and software, recent studies show little evidence for the effectiveness of this model of integrating technology into the learning process.
Why School Report Cards Merit a Failing Grade
Sixteen states have adopted school report card accountability systems that assign A-F letter grades to schools. Other states are now engaged in deliberation about whether they, too, should adopt such systems. This brief examines A-F accountability systems with respect to three kinds of validity. First, it examines whether or not they are valid as a measure. That is, do these systems validly measure school quality? Second, it examines whether or not they are valid as a policy instrument. That is, how far do A-F accountability systems fulfill the stated aims of their proponents—empowering parents, providing “simple” and “common sense” measures of educational quality, and so on? Finally, it examines whether or not A-F systems are valid as a democratic framework. That is, how well do these systems align with the broader goals of educating students for democratic citizenship and of incorporating parents and community members in democratic deliberation about policies for their public schools? The brief concludes that A-F accountability systems are invalid along each of these lines, and provides recommendations for democratically developing and implementing criteria for school assessment.
Seeing Past the “Colorblind” Myth of Education Policy
This policy brief presents the most significant evidence-based critique of ostensibly “colorblind” education policies by highlighting their relationship to past and present racial/ethnic inequality and their failure to address the rapidly changing demographics of our school-age population, which could be considered an asset if we were not “blind” to it. The author argues that even when education policies are “colorblind” on the surface, they interact with school systems and residential patterns in which race is a central factor in deciding where students go to school, what resources and curricula they have access to, whether they are understood and appreciated by their teachers and classmates, and how they are categorized across academic programs. Such policies are also at odds with a multi-racial and ethnic society in which a growing number of parents and educators see the potential educational benefits of paying attention to diversity and difference as a pedagogical tool. The author recommends that policymakers address race-conscious policies, practices and conditions that perpetuate segregation and inequality while simultaneously tapping into the changing racial attitudes of Americans by supporting racially diverse schools.
Making Archival and Special Collections More Accessible
This publication represents OCLC Research efforts over the last seven years to support change in the end-to-end process that results in archival and special collections materials being delivered to interested users. #oclcresearch
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The Five Essential Supports for School Improvement: Mobilizing the Findings | UChicago Consortium on Chicago School Research | The University of Chicago
Read the article Sebring P. & Montgomery, N. (2014). The Five Essential Supports for School Improvement: Mobilizing the Findings. Pensamiento Educativo. Revista de Investigación Educacional Latinoamericana, 51(1), 63-85.
The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: A Focus on Four-Year College Degrees | UChicago Consortium on School Research | The University of Chicago
This research brief looks at how CPS students’ high school graduation, four-year college enrollment, and bachelor’s degree completion have changed since 2006.
State of America's Libraries Report 2015
Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 12– 18, 2015.
Digital Inclusion Survey | Digital Inclusion Survey 2013
Public Libraries Survey
Conducted annually since 1988, the Public Libraries Survey (PLS) is the definitive source on the state of public libraries in the United States.
LibGuides: The Nation's Largest Public Libraries: Home
This fact sheet lists the top 25 public libraries in the United States by four specific statistical measures; namely, by size of population served, by the size of the library collection, by the number of times items in the collection were checked out, and
New Report Explores Roles of Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture
Report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Salzburg Global Seminar convening of 58 library, museum and cultural heritage leaders from 31 countries to explore the changing nature of "community," "access," "public value" and "participation writ large" in a digital world.
A Snapshot of Reading in America in 2013
Who’s reading—and how: A demographic portrait As of January 2014, some 76% of American adults ages 18 and older said that they read at least one book in the
The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.
Part V: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age
Given the myriad ways teachers see digital tools shaping how students approach writing, it is critical to understand how the digital ecosystem is shaping how
10 facts about Americans and public libraries
Technology and the internet are changing Americans’ reading habits and also their relationship with libraries. But what hasn’t changed is Americans’ love for books.
How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities
54% of Americans have used a public library in the past year, and 72% live in a “library household.” Most say libraries are very important to their communities.
State of America's Libraries Report 2014
Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs.The 2014 State of America's Libraries Report provides an overview of the top library trends of the past year. Sections of the report include: Libraries and Community Engagement, Public Libraries, Ebooks and Copyright Issues, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Social Networking, Library Construction and Renovation, Outreach and Diversity, Washington Scene, and Intellectual Freedom including the list of “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013.
Everything you need to know about student debt
A student loan is money that banks or the federal government lend to students or parents to pay for higher education. Student loans can be used to pay tuition, fees and room and board, and they can also be used for living expenses and books. Student debt refers to the total amount of outstanding student loans from students, graduates, and dropouts.