Education research often requires finding statistical information. The National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and worldwide. The agency provides current and projected statistics on elementary, secondary, and higher education in such sources as The Condition of Education, Digest of Education Statistics, and Projections of Education Statistics. Also see the NCES publication Fast Facts for answers to education research questions, along with The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the only nationally representative, continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.
ChildStats.gov provides easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior, social environment, and education. The Census Bureau has education data related to educational attainment, field of training, school costs, and school environment. The U.S. Department of Education shares the latest research findings, statistics, and information on education. For Missouri state statistics, see the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: District and School Information and the Missouri Department of Higher Education: Research and Data.
For international statistics, UNESCO’s Education for All Movement provides helpful information. Global Market Information Database, while largely a business-oriented product, is a rich source of statistical information that may be useful for education research.
Quest, the online catalog, may be used to find books on statistical sources under subject headings such as Education - Statistics or Education, Higher - Statistics.