What’s New in the Inventory

NHES collects data on the educational activities of the U.S. population at all ages, for example, early childhood care and readiness for school, before- and after-school activities of school-age children, parent and family involvement in education, and adult education.

PIRLS studies the reading achievement and reading behaviors and attitudes of 4th-grade students in the United States and students in the equivalent of 4th grade in other participating countries.

TIMSS provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries.

Welcome to the
Department of Education’s

ED Data Inventory

We hope that you will find the information included in the inventory useful in your search for data about education. To get the best results, we encourage you to use the tabs on this page to learn more “About the Inventory”, “How to Search” and to browse the “Inventory List.”

The goal of the ED Data Inventory is to describe all data reported to the Department of Education, with the exception of personnel and administrative data. It includes data collected as part of grant activities, along with statistical data collected to allow publication of valuable statistics about the state of education in this country. The ED Data Inventory includes descriptive information about each data collection, along with information on the specific data elements in individual collections.

The Department’s Data Strategy Team sponsored the development of the Inventory and created a working group with representatives from the various offices that collect and manage data. The Working Group started by identifying relevant information fields and assembling information about collections. The fields in the inventory were initially populated by drawing upon a subset of the information included in the Information Collection Request packages that are prepared for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Inventory will be continually updated as part of the Information Collection Request process.

We created the Inventory to improve the coordination of data collections across program offices, and so that we could make sure we were minimizing respondent burden. Additionally, creation of the Inventory is part of larger efforts to ensure responsible data management at ED. Finally, the Inventory lets us be transparent with the public about the data that ED collects and maintains. The Inventory is in compliance with OMB Directive M-13-13 (May 9, 2013).