After nearly two decades of providing data on the state’s K-12 public schools, the Education Data Partnership is overhauling its website with a new look and updated interface that make the data easier to understand, use and share. The new site, a preview of which was released today, also provides key information about the state’s new funding system.
In a departure from the current Ed-Data website, which primarily provides tables of numbers, the new site offers charts that show five-year trends. By clicking on the chart, the numbers behind the graphs are still easily accessible. The new charts can also be printed, downloaded into Excel, copied and pasted into presentations, or shared on social media.
The redesigned Ed-Data site also provides unduplicated pupil counts for English learners, foster youth and students eligible for free and reduced-price meals – information that is used by the state’s new funding formula to calculate additional funds for schools serving those high-needs students.
Ed-Data is maintained through a collaboration of the California Department of Education, EdSource and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). It provides financial, demographic, performance, staffing and election data for schools, school districts, counties, and the state.
The redesign is expected to be completed next summer, but the partnership wanted to give the public an opportunity to try out the new data presentation and functionality and provide feedback to improve future iterations of the site. While the new site is being built, the current Ed-Data site, which contains data going back to 1994, will remain available.