May 16, 2022

U.S. Education Stats: Database Relaunches With New Features and Updated Data

From a California Health Foundation Blog Post:

A new website*** launched this month weaves together multiple sources of education data into a single place, allowing parents, students and researchers to quickly size up schools.

The site,, includes information for both K-12 school districts and colleges. Every school and district page includes financial, demographic and academic achievement information.

“Despite national calls for improved access to data (by policymakers, researchers and the public, alike), much of today’s education data are still buried deep inside state and federal agencies or available in inaccessible formats,” wrote Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Cohen in an announcement about the newly released site.

*** Actually, this is a relaunch of the Federal Education Budget Project (FEBP) website from the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program. The site debuted in 2008. A video overview is available.

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From a New America Foundation News Release:

The newly released data includes:

Allocations and disbursements of federal grants and loans such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Grad PLUS Loans, Work-Study, and Perkins Loans;
Average grant and loan awards and student participation rates in aid programs;
Graduation rates, retention rates, student loan default rates, and student loan repayment rates; and
Tuition and fees, including average net price after financial aid.

The new website also features a more user-friendly interface with improved graphics and maps, including:

An interactive comparison function for both K-12 and higher education data;
Fast and easy data downloads for analysts and researchers; and
Maps of states, K-12 school districts, and institutions of higher education.

The website also includes recently updated K-12 data for every state and school district in the country, including:

State and district Title I allocations under the recently finalized fiscal year 2011 appropriations;
State IDEA, Impact Aid, School Nutrition, and Education Jobs Fund allocations; and
State and school district per pupil expenditure and demographic data for 2009.

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