While education institutions across P20W (early learning through postsecondary education) environment use many different standards to meet information needs, there are certain data needed across the entire spectrum. Users must be able to understand, compare, and exchange this data in an accurate, timely, and consistent manner. Standard data definitions help ensure that data shared across institutions are consistent and comparable. This, in turn, makes it easier for states to learn how students fare as they move across institutions, state lines, and school levels.
The Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) initiative, a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of education data elements so that users can streamline the exchange and comparison of data across institutions and sectors, was created by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education for this very reason.
The Education Science Reform Act of 2002 gave the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) the authority to determine voluntary standards and guidelines to assist state educational agencies in developing statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDSs). To this end, NCES is working with key stakeholders to develop standards for a core set of data elements to ensure that states create P20W data systems that meet the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
NCES supports an official STAKEHOLDER group in which PESC holds a seat. The group meets periodically throughout the year when releases are being developed and planned by NCES.
To support the development and implementation of CEDS, PESC formed a CEDS User Group that helps support the development and implementation of CEDS throughout all sectors along the P20W education spectrum.
The User Group meets monthly by conference call, is supported by a PESC list and website, and meets in person during PESC's Spring and Fall Data Summits.
Active participation in the CEDS User Group is open to any organization looking to keep up to date with CEDS and to ensure that CEDS interests are represented and included in all PESC development and initiatives.
The CEDS User Group participants include representatives from:
The current Co-Chairs of the CEDS User Group are: