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CEDS 4.0 Released With New CTE-Related Data Elements

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January 31, 2014

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CEDS 4.0 Released With New CTE-Related Data Elements

Today the National Center for Education Statistics released the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) 4.0. CEDS is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of data elements across the education and workforce pipeline, including data elements with relevance for CTE, adult education and the workforce.

CEDS is not a data set itself; rather, it is a set of names, definitions, option sets and technical specifications for data collection. Its goal is to streamline the exchange and analysis of data within and across the P-20W spectrum.

New in version 4.0 are data elements for types of work-based learning, Career Cluster, instructor industry certification and student employment prior to enrollment. Other CTE-related data elements include credentials earned (degrees, certificates and industry-recognized certifications), simultaneous academic/CTE credit, workplace readiness assessment scores, and employment and earnings elements.

With a growing national focus on data and accountability to help students succeed in education and careers, collecting high-quality data and sharing it across different agencies is more important than ever. ACTE takes part in several data quality and sharing initiatives, such as the Workforce Data Quality Campaign--learn more on our website.

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