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NLAB 334 - Community Assessment Sources

Sources providing statistical data, and other types of information, at the national, state, and local level.



Common Core of Data - This annual source collects data related to public schools and state education. Useful tools include directories for public schools and state education profiles. Individual schools also have profiles with useful data, including teacher to student ratios and number of children who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Note that the data will vary in coverage, but most information is at the state level.

Digest of Education Statistics or Reference Room U.S. Documents Stacks - ED 1.326:year - This annual source compiles education statistics; the amount and variety of data is fairly comprehensive. It is organized into chapters that focuses on particular areas, such as Elementary and Secondary education, and features numerous statistical tables. Note that the data will vary in currency and coverage, but most information is at the national and state level.

Search for Schools and Colleges - This searchable tool allows you to search for public and private schools and colleges near a given area. Note that for smaller communities, you may need to enlarge the radius of the search to include nearby areas.