The National Cooperative Education Statistics System
was established by the Hawkins-Stafford Education Improvement Amendments of 1988 (Public Law 100-297)
to produce and maintain, with the cooperation of the states, comparable and uniform
educational information and data. It retains this responsibility under the
mandate of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-279). The National
Center for Education Statistics established the National Forum on Education Statistics, known as the
Forum, to assist in meeting the goals of the Cooperative System by improving the collection,
reporting, and use of elementary and secondary education statistics.
Forum members are local and state education agency representatives appointed by their
Chief State School officers; federal education agency representatives; and associates, including
representatives of Regional Educational Laboratories, national education associations, and U.S. territories. The Forum is a voluntary, collaborative group
that addresses emerging issues affecting education data policy and considers new approaches
to improve education data and its use. Forum members work together to improve the quality
and utility of elementary and secondary education data. The business of the Forum is conducted by the full Forum, the Steering Committee, and
the three Standing Committees, which are the National Education Statistics Agenda Committee,
the Policies, Programs, and Implementation Committee, and the Technology Committee.
Forum members form working groups to develop free education resources , such as best practice
guides, templates of commonly-used forms and documents, online courses, and other tools.
All Forum resources are developed by experts and practitioners in local, state, and federal education
agencies for use by other education agencies. The Forum holds meetings that provide opportunities for members to collaborate; network with local,
state, and federal representatives and associate members; discuss issues; and identify best
practices that schools, districts, and states use to support teaching and learning.
Meetings also give members the opportunity to provide practitioner-informed feedback
on education data surveys and other initiatives such as the Civil Rights Data Collection;
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math research; and College and Career Readiness
indicator development. For the most up-to-date Forum resources, visit
the website. The information and opinions published here are the product of the National
Forum on Education Statistics and do not necessarily represent the policies or views of the U.S.
Department of Education or the National Center for Education Statistics.