Education Statistics Free, Available, and Waiting for You

Posted to Data Sources  |  Nathan Yau

Raw, fine-grain data is still a bit hard to come by. Summary statistics (i.e. data that came from some analysis), on the other hand, are often easy to find. A lot of the time the data is already online or just a simple phone call away.

The National Center for Education Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, offers a bunch of data including, but not at all limited to, poverty and math achievement, average science scores overall and by grade level, and quantitative literacy.

So if you’re interested in education or just looking for some data to mess around with some for viz practice, NCES is a good place to start. I randomly came across some high school dropout data:

High School Dropout Rates

Does anyone else find it interesting that the dropout rate for those of mixed descent is in the middle? Although, I guess a few margin of error percentage points could easily change that…


Who is Older and Younger than You

Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015

These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016

Here are my favorites for the year.

Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.