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Common Ed. Data Standards v2 Comments Due Aug. 15

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) posted for comment the initial draft of Version 2 of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). As previously discussed, CEDS is a collaborative effort across the federal, state, higher education, and K-12 sectors to establish a shared set of definitions and formats for basic data elements such as student demographics and course level information. While Version 1 focused on K-12, the version released today emphasizes data elements that cross over from K-12 into higher education. Thus, NCES and participating organizations such as the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) are actively seeking input from EDUCAUSE member institutions and others to incorporate in a refined draft of CEDS Version 2 to be released for public comment later this year.

The Version 2 release announcement below provides more information on the process and how to participate. Note that comments are due to NCES by August 15, so please review the draft standards and share them with relevant campus colleagues to determine what feedback you may provide.


Common Education Data Standards Public Comment Period Begins Today


The Common Education Data Standards Initiative announced today the release of Draft One of the Version 2 Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). Everyone is encouraged to review this draft of the standards and make comments – the draft can be found here.

CEDS supports the development of a common 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 the 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) is leading the development of CEDS 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 and 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 on this public comment period.


  • Review and comment on the standards. Click here to review and comment on CEDS. NCES is logging and reviewing every comment made so your voice will be heard. In order for your comments to be considered prior to the release of draft 2 of Version 2, please comment by August 15, 2011.
  • 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.
  • Keep up with CEDS’ progress. Stay informed about all of the work of the CEDS Initiative by frequently visiting our website .


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 their advocacy, communications, adoption and implementation. 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.