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EDUC 6650 Module 1 Assignment: Module 1 Assignment

Find Demographic Information

For this assignment you'll need to find demographic data for your particular area or district.

Finding demographic information can be difficult. This guide includes some step-by-step instructions for locating data on the websites listed in the Week 1 Assignment.

Quick Tip: For demographic details for your local area or the U.S. as a whole, try the American Factfinder listed under the U.S. Census. For school district data see the U.S. Department of Education or your local district website.

The Education Trust

The Education Trust has Data Points and Fact Sheets linked from their Pre-K - 12 area.

1. Go to The Education Trust website.

2. Click Pre-K - 12 in the top menu bar.

3. Click Data Points and Fact Sheets in the More About Pre-K - 12 box in the left column.

4. Select a document that interests you. Look for a download link on the document's information page.

This area includes a variety of publications and data reports. You will need to skim through to find one that looks like it will have demographic data.

Pew Research Center

Pew Research includes data and statistics in its Education reports.

1. Go to Pew Research website.

2. Click topics in the top menu bar.

3. Click Education or Educational Attainment in the topic list.

4. Select a report that interests you. Some reports may include links to more data.

Pew Research reports look at specific groups or topics, so you may want to look at several to get a broad view of student demographics.

Population Reference Bureau

The Population Reference Bureau allows you to browse and search for demographic information in a variety of ways. Use the top menu to select the method you want to use:

Publications: You can look at reports or datasheets to find demographics and other statistics.

Topic/Geography: This dropdown allows you to select the specific area of interest, such as Education, Children, or Poverty.

Datafinder: This tool lets you create and access charts and maps that meet your specific criteria.

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau provides a wide array of localized information in its decennial Census and its yearly American Community Survey. You can use the People and Data dropdowns in the top menu to explore national data in different formats.

For local data, try the American FactFinder. Search for your zip code, city, or county to find detailed census data, including information about race, income, age, and other demographic data. To find data for the entire country, type United States into the search box.

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education's best resource for student demographic data is their National Center for Education Statistics website. This website includes reports, surveys, and data tools.

For demographic data for a single school district, you can use the School Search option.

1. Go to National Center for Education Statistics website.

2. Hover your mouse over School Search in the top menu bar.

3. Click Public School Districts.

4. Search using the city name, state, zip code, or other identifying characteristic for the district that interests you.

5. Select the district from the list. Charter schools are typically listed independently on the result list, so you may have to look through the list to find the public school district you want.

6. Click Show All in the blue District Details bar. This will show you selected demographic information for the school district.

District search result with Show All link

State & School District Websites

You can also look for demographic information on the website of the individual school district or state department of education. You may even be able to find demographic information for individual schools.

Use Google to search for the state department or school district. Each department website will be different, but you can generally find demographic data under links titled: About Us, Data, Statistics, Demographics, etc.

This data may differ slightly from the data you find using a tool such as the American FactFinder. This is because student enrollment in a public education system may have different demographics than the overall population of children in the area.