North Carolina Education Research Data Center

About the NCERDC

The North Carolina Education Research Data Center (NCERDC) was established in 2001 through a partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to store and manage a publicly accessible dataset with the goal to provide researchers and the broader policy community ready access to the data on the state's public schools, school districts, students and teachers.

The data, which date back to the late-1990s and are anonymized, are available to university researchers, nonprofit research institutions, and government agencies. The NCERDC includes an immense collection of data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. All activities conducted by the Data Center strictly comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.

Please note that the review and response time for NCERDC applications is approximately 14 days. Thank you for your patience.

Data Available Through the NCERDC

To date the NCERDC has received over two decades of data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on districts, schools, teachers, and students in the North Carolina public school system.

  • Student data- end of grade and end of course test scores, demographics, absences, suspensions, course enrollments and standardized tests including AP, PSAT, SAT and ACT scores.
  • Teacher data- degree obtained, salary, years of experience, licensure and national board certification.

For more information, see the summary of data files and the longitudinal availability of student-level data.


Accessing NCERDC Data

NCERDC data may be released to an institution of higher education, a non-profit research institution, or a government agency located within the United States. The institution must have established protocols for an Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. Researchers requesting NCERDC data must have their current primary affiliation with an eligible institution or be a currently enrolled student in a doctoral program at an eligible institution.

Data fees vary for access, customization, and annual updates. The current data access fee for new projects is $4,024 and the annual update fee for additional files is $1,006. Fees for customization are based on NCERDC time required to complete the request.


Examples of Research Using the NCERDC

NCERDC data have been used to explore topics including, but not limited to, academic achievement gaps, teacher characteristics and student outcomes, student behavior, the impact of specific policies on student outcomes, and outcomes beyond K-12. For example:

Click here for a complete list of publications

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