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External Databases


Useful External Databases 











CALPADS-CALTIDES is a new comprehensive database and system for California’s K-12 education that enables the migration from numerous current aggregate data collections to a flexible system of quality student- and teacher-level data. CALPADS will also include teacher assignment data and will be linked to teacher credential and authorization data in CALTIDES that is sourced from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing:


DATAQUEST is a California Department of Education interactive database that covers k-12 enrollments, student performance on standardized exams and outcomes, drop-outs, ELL students, expulsions, graduates, technology, and staffing. There are standard and customized reports.

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU). The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school.

ED Data has a vast amount of data about student demographics and performance, plus information about staffing, including teacher salaries. New financial reports for all districts display data in ways that permit extensive analysis and comparisons.

California Post secondary Education Commission DATABASES cover a variety of topics. Topics include high school college-going rates and SAT/ACT scores.

Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit: California Graded Public K-12 Education Projections by State by County. 


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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – A Common Yardstick:  The NAEP is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.


The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) has a vast collection of reports and databases covering enrollment, demographics of schools, student achievement and staffing.


The Annual Reports Program prepares analyses and synthesizes data on a variety of education topics, and disseminates these analyses through indicator reports, tabular reports, and web tools. Products include:  The Digest of Education Statistics, The Condition of Education, and Projections of Education Statistics.


Visit the Annual Reports Program Homepage


The K-12 Practitioners’ Circle is a user-friendly local education practitioners-oriented web site is designed to meet the information needs of teachers, administrators, policymakers, parents and librarians. It contains special features and articles focusing on important education issues and packages and disseminates information on education specifically for these audiences.


Visit the K-12 Practitioners Circle Homepage


NCES has established the National Forum on Education Statistics to improve the collection, reporting, and use of elementary and secondary education statistics. The Forum deals with issues in education data policy, sponsors innovations in data collection and reporting, and provides technical assistance to improve state and local data systems.


Visit the National Forum on Education Statistics Homepage


The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) is a voluntary partnership among governmental and nongovernmental providers and users of education data. NPEC has a dual mission: (1) to identify and communicate on-going and emerging issues germane to postsecondary education; and (2) to promote the quality, comparability and utility of postsecondary data and information that support policy development, implementation, and evaluation.


Visit the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative Homepage


The Statistical Standards Program provides methodological and statistical support to NCES, as well as to federal and non federal organizations that engage in statistical work in support of NCES’ mission. This Program develops standards for procedures to ensure the quality of statistical surveys, analyses and products; consults and advises on the implementation of standards for all Center projects; coordinates the review and adjudication process for NCES publications and products; and leads the NCES Task Force on Quality Systems.


Visit the Statistical Standards Program Homepage



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The Chancellor’s Office Data Mart and website and contains comparative data on the colleges for student demographics, credit achievement, success, retention and special populations as well as numerous reports on the ARCC, basic skills, transfer and technical courses.  The URL’s for these various areas are:


Data Mart


Accountability Reporting


Report on Basic Skills Accountability


Data Element Dictionary


Transfer Data Resources


Student Attendance Accounting Manual


Abstracts of Research


Perkins IV Core Indictor Reporting


The California Postsecondary Education Commission databases provide student community college transfer information by demographics, majors and receiving institution and high school students attending community colleges.

The RP Group for California Community Colleges has a number of policy reports and position papers to help keep evidenced-based decision making, accountability, and student success that are at the forefront of California community college efforts. Some of the topics covered are basic skills, transfer, career and technical education, and the AB1417 performance framework. In addition, the RP Group hosts annual conferences on Research and Planning and Student Success.


Cal-PASS is an initiative that collects, analyzes and shares data in order to track student performance and improve student success from elementary school through four-year college graduation. Through the Cal-PASS project, elementary, middle, and high schools, and colleges and universities can learn the answers to questions such as: 1) How do my students do when they leave here? 2) Were they well prepared? 3) Are adjustments in curriculum necessary to improve their preparation?  4)How many got degrees?  5) What did they get degrees in?  6) How long did it take?


The Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy (IHELP) at California State University Sacramento seeks to enhance leadership and policy for higher education in California and the nation, with an emphasis on community colleges in recognition of their importance to providing an educated and diverse citizenry and workforce.

California Community College Statewide Collective Bargaining Database Project centralizes documents pertinent to conducting collective bargaining research in community colleges across the state.


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The National Student Clearinghouse is a fee-based organization. Its services include:

Core Service Provides enrollment verifications and deferments for your financial aid students to lending organizations and NSLDS.* A compliance report for your auditors of the Clearinghouse’s Federal Student Financial Assistance enrollment reporting activities is available for your review.

DegreeVerify Frees your registrar staff from manually verifying degrees for graduates to employers, background search firms, and recruiters.

Electronic Transcript Exchange Allows you to exchange electronic transcripts with other schools via the Clearinghouse secure network.

EnrollmentVerify Enables you to fully outsource requests for enrollment verifications using data that you already provide to the Clearinghouse.

StudentTracker Allows you to query our nationwide database of postsecondary enrollment and degree records to improve your educational research results and recruiting efforts.

Student Self-Service Allows your students to print enrollment certificates and view their enrollment histories and verifications via the Web for free.

Transcript Ordering Allows you to improve the level of service you provide your students and alumni by enabling 24/7 online transcript ordering. 

Clearinghouse Academy Workshop Enables representatives from local institutions to learn more about our services and network with one another during a free half-day workshop. 

ERIC databases are available via the web. The Clearinghouses are now closed, the following link lists web sites that are hosting the content of the former Clearinghouse sites. Adjunct and Affiliate Clearinghouses are listed separately.

An independent, nonprofit organization, the Institute for College Access & Success works to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds. Their comparative databases on FASA and student debt are by region and by state.

The Academy for Educational Development (AED), Iowa State University and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) have joined forces to reconstitute the Community College Policy Center, a national policy clearinghouse that will provide critical support to state and federal policymakers and community college leaders as a one-stop resource for information and policy research focused on how states can fully leverage their community colleges as engines of economic development and educational opportunity.
Katherine Boswell
Executive Director Community College Policy Center
1875 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington DC, 20009
(801) 278-0713


The Community College Student Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) survey instrument provides information on student engagement, a key indicator of learning and institutional quality. The survey can be used as a: 1) benchmarking instrument — establishing national norms on educational practice and performance by community and technical colleges, 2) diagnostic tool — identifying areas in which a college can enhance students’ educational experiences and 3) monitoring device — documenting and improving institutional effectiveness over time.

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) is a leading independent authority on the nation’s more than 1,200 two-year colleges. The CCRC’s extensive body of research provides a strong foundation on which to build new policies and initiatives to improve the outcomes of these institutions integral to the higher education system, employment landscape, and national economy.

National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute provides community colleges with opportunities to report outcome and effectiveness data in critical performance areas, receive reports of benchmarks, and compare results with those of other colleges.

Noel-Levitz is committed to helping institutions meet their goals for enrollment and student success through a variety of student survey instruments.

The American Association of Community College’s CC STATS home page has a wide variety of information on community colleges, students who attend, and faculty and staff.

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) is a set of national longitudinal surveys of the American higher education system. Established in 1966 at the American Council on Education, the CIRP is now the nation’s largest and oldest empirical study of higher education, involving data on some 1,900 institutions, over 15 million students, and more than 300,000 faculty. The CIRP longitudinal program consists of the Freshman Survey (TFS) , Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey, and the College Senior Survey (CSS).


The Educational Policy Institute focuses its research on issues that inform both researchers and practitioners. Its major efforts are in the area of student retention aiming to improve practice on postsecondary campuses in the US, Canada, and beyond.

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) mission is to improve strategic decision making in higher education for states and institutions in the United States and abroad. The NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (The Information Center) provides state policymakers and analysts data and information that are useful in making sound higher education policy decisions.

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is a regional organization created by the Western Regional Education Compact. WICHE facilitates resource sharing among the higher education systems of the West.


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The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is the official comprehensive planning agency for the San Francisco Bay region. ABAG’s mission is to strengthen cooperation and coordination among local governments. The Bay Area is defined as the nine counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

The AMERICAN FACT FINDER housed by the U.S. Census provides tables and graphics of population trends and demographics in American communities. The most current survey is the 2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates.


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The Employment Development Division (EDD) of the California Department of Labor has a variety of monthly and annual reports on the condition of the labor market and occupations.


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