Our Areas of Expertise
Our research team analyzes national data and drills down to the state or local level. Areas of expertise include: American Community Survey, Common Core of Data, Civil Rights Data Collection, original sample surveys, and school finance.
American Community Survey
Each year, the Education Week Research Center analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). Results appear in the Quality Counts reports and have been frequently cited in news coverage. Analyses include breakdowns of state results related to annual income, preschool enrollment, postsecondary participation, educational attainment, and other indicators.
• Quality Counts 2017
Common Core of Data
The U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core of Data (CCD) offers a wealth of information on student demographics, high school graduation, and other topics. The Education Week Research Center mines this data to highlight patterns at the state and district levels.
• Data and the Debate Over Diversity in Charters
Civil Rights Data Collection
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) collects data on a wide range of subjects, including coursetaking, retention, and school discipline. The Education Week Research Center's in-depth analyses of this information have contributed to high-profile coverage in Education Week. Our findings—at the national, state, district, and school levels—have been widely cited in the education field.
• Policing America's Schools: An Education Week Analysis
• A Persistent Practice: Corporal Punishment in U.S. Schools
Original Sample Surveys
To take the pulse of educators on critical topics, the Education Week Research Center regularly conducts surveys of K-12 teachers and administrators. These studies tap into the knowledge of educators with first-hand experience in schools and classrooms. Results have been featured in Education Week and in stand-alone reports prepared by the Research Center.
• Mindset in the Classroom: A National Study of K-12 Teachers
• Social and Emotional Learning: Perspectives from America's Schools
Based on data from an assortment of federal sources, the Education Week Research Center conducts rigorous analyses of school spending patterns and the equitable distribution of funding across districts within each state. Results, which appear in the annual Quality Counts reports, shed light on per-pupil spending, poverty-based funding gaps, and other key indicators. Our school finance research has also been featured in a series on public school spending produced by National Public Radio (NPR).
• Quality Counts 2017
• Map: How Per-Pupil Spending Compares Across U.S. School Districts