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Social Foundations of Education: Education Data

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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.

U.S. Education Data

A Half-Century of Learning: Historical Census Statistics on Educational Attainment in the United States, 1940 to 2000
Nicole S. Stoops. Washington, D.C., U.S. Census Bureau, 2000.
Digest of Education Statistics
Compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarden through graduate school. Include: the number of schools and colleges; teachers; enrollments; graduates; educational attainment; finances; federal funds for education; employment and income of graduates; etc.

The National Center for Education Statistics annually collects data about all public elementary and secondary schools, all local education agencies (school districts), and all state education agencies. This information then becomes part of the Common Core of Data (CCD) database. NCES uses CCD data to produce reports; they also make the database available to those researching American education.

School District Demographics
Census 2000 and more recent  American Community Survey demographic data about children and their living environment, by school district. Also includes school district maps, as well as population and poverty estimates for school districts.