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Mar 29 -- The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) invites comment to OMB by April 28, 2022 regarding the proposed EDFacts Data Collection for School Years 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25 (with 2021-22 Continuation).

EDFacts is a U.S. Department of Education (ED) initiative, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), to collect, analyze, report on, and promote the use of high-quality, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (pre-K-12) performance data. By centralizing data provided by state education agencies about state level data, local education agencies, and schools, NCES uses the EDFacts data to report on students, schools, staff, services, and education outcomes at the state, district, and school levels. The centralized approach provides ED users with the ability to efficiently analyze and report on submitted data and has reduced the reporting burden for state and local data producers through the use of streamlined data collection, analysis, and reporting tools. EDFacts collects information on behalf of ED grant and program offices for approximately 170 data groups for all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and seven outlying areas and freely associated states (American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). This request is to collect EDFacts data for the 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25 school years. Due to overlap in the timing of data collection activities between consecutive years of the EDFacts collection, we are carrying over in this submission the approved SY 2021-22 data collection, which is scheduled to end in February 2023.
 
The collection, use, and reporting of education data is an integral component of the mission of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). EDFacts is a centralized collection and reporting system designed to put performance data at the center of ED’s policy, management, and budget decision-making processes for all pre-K-12. EDFacts provides an electronic submission system for state education agencies (SEAs), and centralizes within ED the availability of the performance data supplied by SEAs to enable better analysis and use in policy development, planning, and management. ED has designed the EDFacts collection to obtain the most commonly collected data elements so that states need only report these data elements once.
 
Data are collected through EDFacts on behalf of approximately 15 ED discretionary and formula grant programs in policy offices and for statistical surveys in NCES.
 
The primary customers for these education data will be the program managers and policy analysts at ED. These data will be used to evaluate in an integrated way the effectiveness and efficiency of federal education grant programs, with the intent to improve program management and focus budget resources on those federal education programs that provide the best educational outcomes for the nation’s students and their families. We believe these data may also be useful in future statutory reauthorizations. We believe that SEAs and districts use many of the data collected through EDFacts in managing education programs at those levels.
 
EDFacts webpage: https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/edfacts/index.html
EDFacts submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202111-1850-003 Click IC List for forms, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-06553
 
For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, the AEA Committee on Economic Statistics offers "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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