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About this project

The best policy decisions are those based on evidence and fact. Despite increased data availability, education policy has historically been driven by personal experience and politics. By making the abundance of pre-K–12 and higher education data easier than ever to access and analyze, we hope to change that.

This site draws on data from several sources, harmonizing variables and documentation to make it easier to look at trends and combine data. We will continue to add datasets, including data beyond education that help capture the full picture of students’ lives. We hope this site will make it easier for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to generate rigorous, accurate, and actionable insights to improve student outcomes.



Support for this project has been provided by Amazon Web Services, Arnold Ventures, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cloudera Foundation, and Overdeck Family Foundation. We are grateful to them and to all our funders, who make it possible for Urban to advance its mission. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders. Funders do not determine research findings or the insights and recommendations of our experts. More information on our funding principles is available here. Read our terms of service here.

Data Policy and Terms of Use

Visitors to this site agree to abide by the Urban Institute’s terms of service.

All data made available via the Education Data Portal in any form is licensed to you under the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By) v1.0. The nontechnical summary of this license is available here. The content is provided as is, without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Urban Institute shall not be liable for any claims or damages with respect to any loss or other claim by you or any third party on account of, or arising from, the use of the datasets.

The Education Data Portal contains links to websites operated by organizations other than the Urban Institute. Urban is not responsible for the availability of these outside resources, their contents, any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such a site. Urban provides these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply or mean endorsement by the Urban Institute, the site, or its contents.

Citing these data

When citing data from the Education Data Portal in any research reports, briefs, or similar products, please cite both the portal and the dataset. For example:

[dataset names], Education Data Portal (Version ), Urban Institute, accessed Month, DD, YYYY, https://educationdata.urban.org/documentation/, made available under the ODC Attribution License.

Be sure to replace “” with the version of the data you used for the research. When citing data from the Education Data Portal in blog posts, data visualizations, or other works in which the full citation above may unduly constrain available space, we recommend the following citation:

[dataset names], via Education Data Portal v. , Urban Institute, under ODC Attribution License.

Again, be sure to replace “” with the version of the data you used for the project. Datasets included in this portal are the US Department of Education Common Core of Data, the US Department of Education Civil Rights Data Collection, the US Census Bureau Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, the US Department of Education’s EDFacts initiative, the US Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the US Department of Education College Scorecard, the National Historical Geographic Information System, the US Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

We highly encourage users to reach out to educationdata@urban.org to notify us of any public projects or research using these data, including providing information on the title and link to the published work, which can elevate the visibility of your work and help us make the case for continued funding.