How Local Reporters Can Tap Federal Education Data

When writing about education issues in a particular state or community — whether preschool access, teacher vacancy rates, homework or guidance counselor ratios  — putting local data in a national context is often essential. But how can you find those facts and figures quickly and easily, especially on deadline? 

The National Center for Education Statistics Data Lab is a useful tool that will help you find nuggets of informative data in a speedy manner.

In this EWA webinar, an expert from NCES, the statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education, offers guidance on how to navigate and make the most of Data Lab resources. Data sets to be reviewed include:

  • The National Teacher and Principal Survey
  • National Household Education Surveys, including the Early Childhood Program Participation Survey and the Parent and Family Involvement Survey.

The NCES statistician is joined by a veteran education journalist who writes the Proof Points column about education research and data for The Hechinger Report.


Ted Socha, National Center for Education Statistics

Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report (moderator)

This webinar was presented on September 17, 2019.

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How Local Reporters Can Tap Federal Education Data