National Center for Education Statistics. The primary U.S. federal entity for the collection and dissemination of data on education. Examples of resources include:
California Department of Education: Data and statistics collected from California schools
California Postsecondary Education Commission. The Commission closed in 2011, but data about higher education in California, including enrollment, school characteristics, transition from high school to college, and more, are still available on the site.
United States Census education data. Summary of statistics on the social, political and economic organization of the United States.
Historical Statistics of the United States. Contains statistics on a wide spectrum of social and economic developments.
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), from the University of Michigan, maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction.
Data Planet Statistical Insight. Provides access to U.S. and international statistical information. Includes some full text tables.
Use the following sites to track legislation's progress, or to see the history of already-enacted legislation. Covers both state and federal legislation.
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