Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov

Milestone 5 - November 30th 2014

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Leading Indicators

These indicators are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget

Review Status complete
Reviewer Jamie Berryhill (
Last Updated April 1, 2015, 10:43 am EDT by paulOMB

Assessment Summary

EDI: Has not updated since April 2014.

Public Engagement: ED actively engages with the user community in a variety of data jams and datapaloozas, as discussed on the /digitalstrategy page. The ED Homeroom blog provides an avenue for public two-way communication with data consumers and could be enhanced further with more frequent posts and interaction.

Use & Impact: Detailed responses reflect serious engagement with data consumers. ED serves as an example other agencies should follow.

Public Dataset Status

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Inventory Updated this Quarter
Number of Datasets
Number of APIs
Schedule Delivered Crawl details
Bureaus represented
Programs represented
Number of public datasets
Number of restricted public datasets
Number of non-public datasets
Inventory > Public listing
Percentage growth in records since last quarter
Schedule Risk for Nov 30, 2014
Spot Check - datasets listed by search engine
Agency provides a public Enterprise Data Inventory on Data.gov
License specified Crawl details
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
227 Number of Datasets Crawl details
Number of Collections Crawl details
227 Number of Public Datasets with File Downloads Crawl details
Number of APIs Crawl details
Total number of access and download links Crawl details
Quality Check: Links are sufficiently working Crawl details
Quality Check: Accessible links Crawl details
Quality Check: Redirected links Crawl details
Quality Check: Error links Crawl details
Quality Check: Broken links Crawl details
15.9 Percentage growth in records since last quarter
100 Valid Metadata Crawl details
/data exists Crawl details
/data.json Crawl details
Harvested by data.gov
11543 Views on data.gov for the quarter

Best Practice: Department of Education has been highlighted for demonstrating a best practice on the Public Engagement indicator

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Description of feedback mechanism delivered Crawl details
Data release is prioritized through public engagement
Feedback loop is closed, 2 way communication
See below Link to or description of Feedback Mechanism
http://www.ed.gov/blog/tag/open-data/
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Data Publication Process Delivered Crawl details
Information that should not to be made public is documented with agency's OGC
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
lily.clark@ed.gov Open Data Primary Point of Contact
POCs identified for required responsibilities

Best Practice: Department of Education has been highlighted for demonstrating a best practice on the Use & Impact indicator

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Identified 5 data improvements for this quarter
Primary Uses
Value or impact of data
Primary data discovery channels
User suggestions on improving data usability
User suggestions on additional data releases
Digital Analytics Program on /data

Automated Metrics

These metrics are generated by an automated analysis that runs every 24 hours until the end of the quarter at which point they become a historical snapshot

data.json
Expected Data.json URL http://www.ed.gov/data.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved Data.json URL http://www2.ed.gov/data.json
Number of Redirects 1 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/plain
Valid JSON Invalid Check a JSON Validator
Datasets with Valid Metadata 100%(227 of 227) - The JSON file is invalid and can't be parsed without special processing
Valid Schema Valid
Datasets 227
Datasets with Distribution URLs 0.0% (0 of 227)
Total Distribution URLs 0
Public Datasets 208
Restricted Public Datasets 19
Non-public Datasets 0
Bureaus Represented 9
Programs Represented 1
File Size 436.35KB
Last modified Tuesday, 30-Sep-2014 18:35:00 EDT
Last crawl Saturday, 29-Nov-2014 23:00:42 EST
Analyze archive copies Analyze archive from 2014-11-30
/data page
Expected /data URL http://www.ed.gov/data (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /data URL http://www2.ed.gov/about/data/index.html
Redirects 2 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/html;charset=UTF-8
Last modified Saturday, 29-Nov-2014 23:00:45 EST
Last crawl Saturday, 29-Nov-2014 23:00:45 EST
/digitalstrategy.json
Expected /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www.ed.gov/digitalstrategy.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www2.ed.gov/digitalstrategy.json
Redirects 1 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/plain
Valid JSON Valid
Last modified Friday, 28-Feb-2014 09:45:34 EST
Last crawl Saturday, 29-Nov-2014 23:00:47 EST
Digital Strategy

Date specified: Tuesday, 02-Dec-2014 08:55:34 EST

Date of digitalstrategy.json file: Friday, 28-Feb-2014 09:45:34 EST

1.2.4 Develop Data Inventory Schedule - Summary

Summarize the Inventory Schedule


As of November 30, 2013, the Department of Education's Data Inventory contains detailed information for 33 Data Series, and 223 component "Studies" (collections).  The metadata for these data assets were taken from the Department's Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) information collection submissions to the Office of Management and Budget and from data dictionaries or electronic codebooks where available.  By November 30, 2014, the Department anticipates expanding and enriching the Data Inventory with information and metadata on additional existing collections, as resources allow.  By that date, the Department will also have established and implemented new data governance policies and procedures to ensure that all new data assets are entered into the Data Inventory as part of the information collection clearance process.

1.2.5 Develop Data Inventory Schedule - Milestones

TitleFurther Development of the ED Data Inventory
DescriptionAs of November 30, 2013, the Department of Education's Data Inventory contains detailed information for 33 Data Series, and 223 component "Studies" (collections). The metadata for these data assets were taken from the Department's Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) information collection submissions to the Office of Management and Budget and from data dictionaries or electronic codebooks. http://datainventory.ed.gov
Milestone DateNovember 30, 2014
Description of how this milestone expands the InventoryBy November 30, 2014, the Department anticipates expanding and enriching the Data Inventory with information and metadata on additional existing collections, as resources allow. By that date, the Department will also have established and implemented new data governance policies and procedures to ensure that all new data assets are entered into the Data Inventory as part of the information collection clearance process.
Description of how this milestone enriches the InventorySee the description of how this milestone expands the Inventory. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Description of how this milestone opens the InventorySee the description of the Inventory. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

1.2.6 Develop Customer Feedback Process

Describe the agency's process to engage with customers


 The Department engages with the education community and interested developers and entrepreneurs through social media outlets and the ED official Homeroom Blog. More than 150 of America's entrepreneurs, software developers, education experts, and policy makers came together October 9, 2012, for an Education Datapalooza at the White House. The gathering was a chance to celebrate new products, services, and apps--all built with freely available data from the government and other sources--that have the potential to help American students succeed and that empower students and their families to make informed educational decisions. See videos of talks from Education Datapalooza 2012 at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhdwy3ASoEfm1QeH0kfNnLWUqv4lE1pPs. The Department held two data jams at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University in December 2013. The Data Jams focused on data related to postsecondary education and led up to a second Education Datapalooza. For Education Datapalooza 2014 on January 15,2014, more than 600 people packed into an auditorium to discuss innovation in higher education. The gathering was a response to President Obama's call this past August to improve value and affordability in postsecondary education, in which he outlined an ambitious plan that included a major focus on innovation. Datapalooza participants gathered to celebrate innovative products, apps, websites, and other tools to help students get to and through postsecondary education. Many of the tools help students and families navigate the college choice and selection process. Others focus on improving teaching and learning, especially in ways that leverage technology to improve online and classroom-based instruction. Videos from talks from Education Datapalooza 2014 are at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhdwy3ASoEfkNJ_7ffaaYOhQmi61oLFLX. The goal of the Education Data Jams and Datapalooza is to spark interest and collaboration among entrepreneurs and developers in creating apps and other digital tools to facilitate easier access to higher education information for prospective and current college students.

1.2.7 Develop Data Publication Process

Describe the agency's data publication process


Much of the information collected by the Department of Education is protected by the privacy or confidentiality provisions of one or more federal statutes. These include: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), The Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA), and The Privacy Act of 1974. To help ensure that the Department does not release any information that would violate the privacy of students or other individuals in violation of these statutes, the Department has implemented a disclosure review process for its public data releases.  Information collections containing data protected by one or more of these statutes are reviewed and approved for release by one of the Department's disclosure review boards, prior to their release to the public.