CEDS Requests Public Comment

Rachel Zinn
April 12, 2017

The Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) initiative released a draft Version 7 of a voluntary set of data elements that states can use to manage information for a variety of education and workforce programs. CEDS leaders encourage the public to comment by May 4, particularly on the 106 new data element definitions and 93 updated elements.

The Version 7 draft adds and refines multiple data elements relating to credentials and competency frameworks, as well as elements on postsecondary financing and other education issues. 

CEDS develops data elements through consultations with education experts, as well as an open comment process. The initiative defines data elements to facilitate state and local collection of data, and help make data comparable across systems. In addition to many data elements pertaining to K-12 and postsecondary education, CEDS includes elements relevant to career and technical education, adult education, and workforce programs.

A recent CEDS webinar provides additional information about new data elements and the process for providing comments.