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Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is pleased to announce the release of Version 3 of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). CEDS is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of education data elements to streamline the exchange, comparison, and understanding of data within and across P-20W institutions and sectors. CEDS Version 3 includes a broad scope of elements spanning much of the P-20W spectrum and provides greater context for understanding the standards' interrelationships and practical utility.

Specifically, Version 3 of CEDS focuses on elements and modeling in the Early Learning, K12, and Postsecondary sectors and also expands into career and technical education, adult education, workforce, and support for the Race to the Top Assessments.

Version 3 of CEDS can be found at the CEDS website:

This website includes three ways to view and interact with CEDS:

  • By element: Via the Elements page, users can access a searchable glossary of the CEDS "vocabulary," including names, definitions, option sets, technical specifications, and more.
  • By relationship: Through the CEDS Data Model, users can explore the relationships that exist among entities and elements-viewable both through a logical data model.
  • By comparison: Supplemental tools enable users to take the next step and put CEDS into practice. CEDS ALIGN allows a user to load his or her organization's data dictionary and compare it, in detail, to CEDS and the data dictionaries of other users' organizations. This facilitates alignment with CEDS and across systems, paving the way for easier sharing and comparison of data. CEDS CONNECT is an innovative tool that allows users to find and create "Connections" from unit-level data elements (variables) to practical applications across the P-20W environment.