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Common Education Data Standards Version 2, Draft 1 Released;

July 18, 2011 -- The Common Education Data Standards Initiative announced today the release of Draft 1 of  Version 2 of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). Comments are due August 15.

Background: CEDS supports the development of a common data vocabulary. It is a collection of definitions and formats for the most commonly used education data elements. CEDS does not dictate how individual data systems collect, store, and report data. It is the Initiative’s hope that the standards will garner wide acceptance and voluntary adoption across all sectors of the education community to increase our ability to share and compare data consistently, allow more informed decision-making at all levels, and promote better educational outcomes for all students through early childhood, K12, postsecondary completion, and the workforce.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) leads the CEDS development with the guidance, input and participation of a broad range of education stakeholders.  Version 1 of CEDS was released in September 2010.  The first draft of Version 2, released today, includes additional elements of interest to both K12 and postsecondary stakeholders.  The second draft of Version 2 is scheduled to be released for public comment in the fall of 2011.  The second draft will include: additions to the K12 and postsecondary elements seen in the first draft; early learning data elements; assessment elements; and changes to the first draft based this public comment period.

Review and comment on the standards by AUGUST 15. Click here to review and comment on CEDS.  NCES is logging and reviewing every comment.
Inform your colleagues about CEDS. CEDS is important to all sectors and levels of education – policymakers, practitioners and those charged with collecting and reporting data. Please forward this email widely and encourage engagement in the process. NCES needs your input.
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The CEDS Initiative is made up of stakeholders from all levels and sectors of education in a collaborative effort to develop the Common Education Data Standards.  The initiative consists of a two-pronged approach:

The CEDS Consortium, facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the State Higher Education School Officers (SHEEO), participates in the development of the standards and is responsible for advocacy, communications, adoption and implementation of the standards. The Consortium is comprised of representatives from CCSSO, SHEEO, Data Quality Campaign (DQC), Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA), Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education (ex officio).

• The CEDS Stakeholder Group is coordinated by NCES and is responsible for prioritizing the scope of the CEDS based on community feedback, reviewing existing data definitions and standards, publishing draft CEDS elements for comment, incorporating comments and finalizing each version.