Education Northwest







Accessing Online Data Tools

A 2-Part Webinar
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Monday, December 3, 2012

This 2-part webinar shares guidance on how to use National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data tools to inform education decisions.

What can the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data tell you about your school, district, and state? How can you use this rich resource to find datasets and reports to inform education decisions?

REL Northwest held two hourlong webinars on how to access and use the data tools available on the NCES website. Jerry Malitz, the first chief information technology officer for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and former webmaster for the NCES site, conducted a live demonstration of some of the key data tools to help participants find the data they need.

Part 1: Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. PST

NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. The first webinar in the series showed participants how to find NCES data on a range of topics and how to use the site’s tools to manipulate and display data in different ways. Malitz introduced the structure and organization of the NCES site, provided a tour of the datasets available on the site, and conducted a preliminary demonstration of the data tools.

Part 2: Monday, December 3, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. PST

In the second webinar, Malitz demonstrated how to use NCES tools to inform better decisionmaking. He provided information about how to find relevant data sets and how they can be used to address specific questions. He also demonstrated how to use the NCES data tools available on the site. Todd E. Johnson, director of the Center for Research & Data Analyses at Washington ESD 113 joined Malitz to share how he uses the NCES site in his work.

View the recordings and other resources from this 2-part webinar.


Jerry Malitz, president and founder of MCS …Strategic Technology Solutions, has more than 30 years of experience in managing federal government projects as a skilled information technology professional, researcher, and statistician. Before leaving the U.S. Department of Education in September 2007, Malitz served in a senior leadership role as the first chief information technology officer at IES. Prior to this he served as the chief technology officer and as the first webmaster at NCES, where he was the creative director in spearheading substantial improvements for the NCES website. Malitz has worked extensively with federal agencies, state education agencies, schools, school districts, and associations. In doing so he has produced several books, videos, and training sessions on the use of technology in and for education; designed numerous public and Intranet applications for the collection, dissemination, and analysis of information over the web; and facilitated changes in data standards, data use, and organizational processes.