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New Federal Education Data Initiatives

The Obama Administration announced a series of federal education data initiatives this week that are intended to “harness the power of open data from the Department of Education and other sources to help consumers make more informed decisions on higher education and to improve learning outcomes.” The fact sheet on the initiatives highlights programs including:

  • This new site provides a central location for access to education data from across federal agencies, “including high-value data sets, data visualization tools, resources for the classroom, applications created from open data, and more.”
  • Federal Student Aid (FSA) “MyData Button”: Starting this summer, FSA will provide students with direct access to their student financial aid data via a downloadable file accessible by a “MyData” download button on the FSA site.
  • Learning Registry partners: Last November, the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense announced the launch of Learning Registry, “a communication system that allows existing educational portals and online systems to publish, consume and share important information about learning resources with each other and the public,…” This week’s announcement identified a number of new Learning Registry partners, including the education departments of California, New York, Michigan, and Florida, as well as publishing companies Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson.