The NAEP assesses reading, math, science, and writing at the national, state and on some local levels. It also assesses national progress in Arts, Civics, Geography, Economics, U.S. History, and Technology and Engineering Literacy. NAEP focusses heavily on public schools, though it also has national data on private school children.
There are multiple pathways to finding NCES data. You can click on these images to go to these pages to explore further.
The NCES website is a gateway to a vast range of educational data.
Datalab is an online data resources tool hosted by the NCES. It provides access to a wide range of data and includes tools that allow the novice statistical user to play around with the data. You need an account to access this tool, and you can request one online.
This is a site that requires a fair amount of exploration to see how it works. When you see a central “honeycomb” of topics to choose, look for one that indicates “handouts.” These give some overviews of the kind of analyses you can do with Datalab.
There are many educational aspects of these apps, allowing you to describe data using statistical techniques, and to engage in different levels of statistical analysis.
Other sources of education data
Local data is widely available on various county, state, and city websites. Sometimes these data are hosted by organizations that care about a particular topic, and other times the municipality itself will share that data. The kinds of data using include information about test scores, graduate rates, student demographics (race, free and reduced lunch, disability status, English language learner status, etc). Sometimes, you will need to file a Freedom of Information request (FOIA) to get access to this data.
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS—soon, eTIMSS) consists of two international exams; one exam is offered every four years in grades 4, 8 and 9, and the other (most recently conducted in 2015) measures “advanced” math and physics achievement in 12th grade. This can be a way of comparing achievement across different countries. The exam is being converted to an electronic version, which will be called eTIMSS.
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) evaluates sponsors TIMSS with the NEC (see above) and also carries out other studies, such as an evaluation of the comparative computer literacy rates across different countries. The site, like the NEC, contains a huge amount of information and could be explored in depth for material..
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international test sponsored by the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). It evaluates 15-year-old student knowledge in reading, math, and science. Over half a million students in 80 different countries participate in PISA, making it an essential data source for comparing test results. The results of PISA 2018 will be released in December, 2019.