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About Us

Purpose of ED Data Express

ED Data Express is a website designed to improve the public's ability to access and explore high-value state- and district-level education data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. The site is designed to be interactive and to present the data in a clear, easy-to-use manner, with options to download information into Excel or to explore the data within the site's grant program dashboards. The site currently includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPR), and the Department's Budget Service office. For more information about these topics, please visit the following web pages:

Using the Site

ED Data Express includes two sections that allow users to access and view the data: (1) grant program data dashboards and (2) download functionality. The grant program data dashboards provide a snapshot of information on the funding, participation and performance of some of the grant programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. The dashboards are interactive and update depending on the program, state and school year selected. Additional information is provided through data notes as well as through the small "i" icon. The download functionality allows users to build customized tables of data and contain more data than what is available via the dashboards. The download functionality also allows users to download data notes which provide important caveats and contextual information to consider when using the data. 

Data Included and Frequency of Updates

The site currently includes funding, participation and performance data from school years 2010-11 to 2016-17 on formula grant programs administered in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additional data and data notes will be added to the site over time. 

Quality Control and Personally Identifiable Information

All CSPR and EDFacts data are self-reported by each state. The U.S. Department of Education conducts a review of the data and provides feedback to states, but it is ultimately states’ responsibility to verify and certify that their data are correct. Please note that during the reporting years represented on this site, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in collaboration with EDFacts and SEAs have worked to significantly expand has worked to significantly improve its data quality review processes. This is evident by the increased number of data notes on later school years of data. For more information on EDFacts data quality, please visit the following web page: 

All data published by the Department of Education are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which is a federal law protecting the privacy of student educational records. Any data that are determined to be potentially personally identifiable information (PII) will be protected prior to being released by the ED. On ED Data Express, potential PII has privacy protections applied. Protected cells are easily identifiable, because they typically contain symbols instead of values. 

Appropriate Use of Data

Although the goal of ED Data Express is to allow users to easily access data and customize tables to meet a wide range of needs, it is important to note that there are limitations to the data. Most importantly, there is variation in how states collect, define and measure certain data elements. For example, student achievement data are defined differently in each state, and, therefore, should not be compared across states.The Department encourages users to review the available data notes as well as information on the grant programs the data represent.