Department of Education

Milestone 8 - August 31st 2015

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Leading Indicators

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Review Status complete
Reviewer Justin Grimes
Last Updated October 6, 2015, 10:16 am EDT by Justin Grimes

Assessment Summary

Progress in increasing the number of datasets

Steps to improve: 1) Specify licenses in PDL/EDI 2) Improve public engagement activities 3) Reduce number of unpublished datasets (add download/distribution links)

Inventory Composition

Public Dataset Status

Dataset Link Quality

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Inventory Updated this Quarter
285 Number of Datasets
37 Number of APIs
Schedule Delivered Crawl details
10 Bureaus represented
1 Programs represented
263 Number of public datasets
22 Number of restricted public datasets
Number of non-public datasets
Inventory > Public listing
2.2% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
17,800 Spot Check - datasets listed by search engine
Agency provides a public Enterprise Data Inventory on
0% License specified Crawl details
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
283 Number of Datasets Crawl details
Number of Collections Crawl details
127 Number of Public Datasets with File Downloads Crawl details
37 Number of APIs Crawl details
764 Total number of access and download links Crawl details
Quality Check: Links are sufficiently working Crawl details
671 Quality Check: Accessible links Crawl details
76 Quality Check: Redirected links Crawl details
Quality Check: Error links Crawl details
16 Quality Check: Broken links Crawl details
1% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
100% Valid Metadata Crawl details
/data exists Crawl details
/data.json Crawl details
Harvested by
622 Views on for the quarter
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
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 Open Data Primary Point of Contact
POCs identified for required responsibilities
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Identified 5 data improvements for this quarter
See below Primary Uses
Primary uses of the Department’s data include: • Disseminating information about colleges, universities, preschool-12 schools, school districts and state education systems, including demographics and assessments of student performance. • Sharing information to shed light on equality and inequality in the nation’s preschool-12 schools. • Increasing access to information about college cost and financial aid. • Raising awareness about college campus safety issues. • Providing key evidence for academic and non-profit research in education sciences.
Value or impact of data
See below Primary data discovery channels
Key users learn about the Department’s data through online channels: online search engines; the Department’s websites and blogs; the Department’s digital newsletters, reports and social media; and ( is one of the most visited communities on the website. Subject matter experts from the Department host, co-host, and present at conferences, workshops, webinars, data jams and datapalooza events to spread the word about the Department’s data to key audiences. In response to the President’s call to action to create compelling educational software, the White House hosted its first-ever education game jam in September 2014. Over one weekend, 100 game developers along with 35 teachers, learning researchers, and students gathered together at a local education technology startup to develop new, fun ways to learn. To build on the momentum created by the White House Education Game Jam, the Office of Educational Technology is partnering with games industry leaders and education stakeholders to hold regional Education Game Jams. The first of these events was held in Austin, Texas in March 2015. On April 21, 2015 the Office of Educational Technology and the non-profit, Games for Change, co-hosted a day-long summit to identify strategies for the broader creation, dissemination, and use of quality games in classrooms and beyond. Leading developers, producers, publishers, educators, students, and other stakeholders were brought together to break down barriers and have meaningful dialogues about what each party wants and needs so we can make progress in games for education together. (See The Office of Educational Technology and the chair of the Department’s Open Data Workgroup participated in a workshop, Accelerating Data Collaboratives: A Workshop on Cross-Sector Data Sharing for Public Problem-Solving, co-hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the Governance Lab. The Department of Education facilitated the two breakout sessions focused on education. (See more on the GovLab Data Collaboratives site: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 18F, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and DC Legal Hackers hosted an Accessibility Hackathon on March 31, 2015. The hackathon drew about 80 participants and featured experts discussing this work, networking opportunities, and the opportunity to make a real difference on these issues. (See more on the 18F blog post, “In Case You Missed It: #a11yhack, an Accessibility Hackathon,” ( and the 18F Accessibility Hackathon site ( The My Brother’s Keeper initiative is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach led by an interagency federal task force to build ladders of opportunity, and to unlock the full potential of our young people, including boys and young men of color. The initiative and the Department of Education partnered with the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University to host a My Brother’s Keeper Data Jam in Washington, DC. The event brought together a diverse group of high school students, teachers, data scientists, data visualization experts, developers and community and non-profit leaders. Teams were designed to capitalize on the range of perspectives and expertise among the participants. The aim was to find new and better ways to use data to highlight opportunities, and to create solutions that can improve life outcomes for all students. Several teams continue to develop their ideas. (See homeroom blog post, My Brother’s Keeper Data Jam: Old World Values with New World Strategies and Tools, on
See below User suggestions on improving data usability
Key users, like developers, provide the following suggestions for improving the usability of Department data: •Convert column heads and codes to human-readable values for open datasets •Provide more open data as APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) instead of just downloadable files The Department continues to leverage the General Service Administration’s API-generator tool, Meanwhile, the Department is exploring other cost-effective, scalable hosting solutions that would warehouse data as well as host and manage APIs. The Data Strategy Team and data stewards in the program offices work to decode or translate column headings and other abbreviations and codes when posting new datasets. Code books are made available online, and on the ED Data Inventory site. Inventoried data collection entries include searchable data dictionaries with all elements and their definitions.
See below User suggestions on additional data releases
Suggestions from key users on additional agency data resources to release include: • Post departmental business and program award data from reports and tables in reports, also as Comma-Separated Values (CSV) or APIs for easier access • Make program competition and award data more open and syndicated • Provide more granular, school-level data whenever possible within guidelines to protect student privacy The Department’s Data Strategy Team has representatives from every program office Department-wide. The group continues to post more data in downloadable formats, and to explore a department-wide solution to make it easier to warehouse large datasets and create APIs. The Office of Communications and Outreach is working on a Program Information Publishing System, which is currently in a business process reengineering phase to plan for a new customer experience with open program data, more intuitive discovery and search tools, and potential for user customization and automated updates. The Department continues to work to release school-level data whenever possible while still protecting student privacy, and being mindful of mosaic-effect risks. The most recent Civil Rights Data Collection release in March 2014 provided school-level data ( This is the first time since 2000 that the Department has compiled data from all 97,000 of the nation's public schools, and its 16,500 school districts—representing 49 million students. And for the first time ever, state-, district- and school-level information is accessible to the public in a searchable online database at
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

Expected Data.json URL (From Directory)
Resolved Data.json URL
Number of Redirects 1 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/plain
Valid JSON Valid
Detected Data.json Schema federal-v1.1
Datasets with Valid Metadata 100%(283 of 283)
Valid Schema Valid
Datasets 283
Datasets with Distribution URLs 78.1% (221 of 283)
Datasets with Download URLs 44.9% (127 of 283)
Total Distribution URLs 764
Total Download URLs 500
Total APIs 37
Public Datasets 261
Restricted Public Datasets 22
Non-public Datasets 0
Bureaus Represented 10
Programs Represented 1
License Specified 0.0% (0 of 283)
Datasets with Redactions 0.0% (0 of 283)
Redactions without explanation (rights field) 0.0% (0 of 283)
File Size 1.12MB
Last modified Monday, 17-Aug-2015 15:00:50 EDT
Last crawl Monday, 31-Aug-2015 00:00:44 EDT
Analyze archive copies Analyze archive from 2015-08-31
Nearby Daily Crawls
/data page
Expected /data URL (From Directory)
Resolved /data URL
Redirects 2 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/html;charset=UTF-8
Last crawl Monday, 31-Aug-2015 00:00:36 EDT
Expected /digitalstrategy.json URL (From Directory)
Resolved /digitalstrategy.json URL
Redirects 1 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/plain
Valid JSON Invalid Check a JSON Validator
Last modified Tuesday, 24-Feb-2015 07:54:38 EST
Last crawl Monday, 31-Aug-2015 00:00:37 EDT