The U.S. Department of Education (ED) on Aug. 25 launched version 2.0 of ED Data Express, an interactive website aimed at making accurate and timely K-12 education data available to the public. The upgraded site adds new data visualization tools, enhanced documentation, and social networking options for users.

“By providing parents and educators with more robust and interactive ways to explore education data, we are supporting their ability to understand, evaluate, and improve how we educate our children,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.

ED Data Express launched in August 2010 as a key element of ED’s open government plan. The site consolidates relevant data collected by the department from several different sources and provides a variety of tools that allow users to explore the data and create individualized reports.

Version 2.0 of ED Data Express offers a new visual layout and gives the public more dynamic tools to interact with the information, such as… 

• A mapping feature that allows users to view the data displayed on a map of the United States;

• A trend line tool, which displays a data element graphed across multiple school years; and

• A conditional analysis tool, which allows users to view one data element based on conditions set by another data element.

In addition, the site has improved documentation and added the ability to share information from the site using social networking tools, such as Facebook or Twitter.

Data on the site include information collected by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the National Center for Education Statistics, and The College Board, among other sources. Available data include state assessment results, National Assessment of Educational Progress results, graduation rates, and school accountability information. ED Data Express also publishes budget figures and demographics.

Version 3.0 of ED Data Express will include a redesigned State Snapshots section that is under development and is scheduled to launch this winter, ED says.

http://www.eddataexpress.ed.gov

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