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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), will sponsor a two and a half-day meeting of the membership of the National Forum on Education Statistics in Bethesda, Maryland, July 25-27, 2011. The STATS-DC 2011 Data Conference, July 27-29, will immediately follow this.

The STATS-DC 2011 Data Conference is designed for education researchers, policy makers, and data system managers from all levels of government who want to share innovations in the design and implementation of education data collections and information systems and to provide insight and comment on technical and policy issues related to the collection, maintenance, and use of education data. It is a two and a half-day conference for professional networking, updates on federal and national activities affecting data collection and reporting, and information about the best new approaches in collecting, reporting, and using education statistics. The Conference will include training and business meetings for state CCD and EDFacts data coordinators. In addition, there will be a range of informative sessions targeted toward interests in “101” introductory sessions, data collection and management, data dissemination, data linking beyond K-12, data privacy, data standards/quality, data usage, and finance, as well as information about changes in how the U.S. Department of Education collects and uses data.

This year, the Data Conference will offer more than 80 presentations, demonstrations, and workshops conducted by practitioners from K-12 information systems.

You are invited to attend the STATS-DC 2011 Data Conference in Bethesda, Maryland and to submit a proposal for presenting a session that will add to the conference’s usefulness. Presentations on all relevant topics will be considered, but the major focus will be on education data system design and management, data standards, data delivery methods, and strategies for improving data use.

Click here for information about or to register and optionally submit a proposal for the conference.

*** The deadline for the submission of proposals is Friday, April 29, 2011. ***

MARC invites you to register for an April 5, 2011 Webinar on the results of their Green Jobs State LMI Improvement grant.     The Webinar will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon EDT on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.  The MARC will provide results from two recent surveys of employers and educators in DC, MD, and VA and discuss green employment and training trends.

This webinar will also feature remarks from the US Department of Labor Regional Administrator, Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, and the Assistant Secretary of Workforce Development in the State of Maryland, Paulette Francois.  Participants will also hear from labor study experts and state workforce leaders from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To register for the webinar, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact Nanette Antwi-Donkor, Senior Associate ICF International at or call 703-225-2249.

In January 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to launch a revamped version of its data delivery tool, American FactFinder. The new American FactFinder offers a new look, new tools and easier access to Census Bureau information. In order to prepare users for this change, the Census Bureau has prepared an online video, the American FactFinder Virtual Tour, and a tutorial to demonstrate the enhanced features and functions of the new and improved FactFinder. It is important for users to become familiar with accessing data from the new FactFinder in time for the release of 2010 Census data starting next year. The American FactFinder will be the primary tool used to access all 2010 Census data. It will also give users access to other key data sets such as the American Community Survey, economic census and other programs.

In addition to the video, a tutorial, “American FactFinder Quick Start,” specifically demonstrates how to conduct a basic text search, view search results and select a data product to view. Additional tutorials on other new FactFinder functions, such as creating a map, transposing rows and columns, and performing topic searches, will be available in the near future.

To access the video and tutorial, visit American FactFinder at <>.


The Guide to State and Local Workforce Data provides links to a wealth of state and local employment and economic data — virtually all free — from government and private sector sources. It combines several features that make it uniquely valuable.

  • Comprehensive coverage of the most valuable workforce data sources from government and private sector sources

  • Direct links to the data, which connects users immediately to the information they need

  • Organization by topic (e.g., compensation, education and credentials, etc.), which allows users to quickly locate what they need

  • Summary statistics on the number of states and localities for which data are available

  • A general description for each entry, including when the data series began, and how often and how quickly it’s published

  • Essential background information for each entry, including links to frequently asked questions, contact information if the user needs more help, glossaries, and the actual survey questions

  • Key definitions and tips for using workforce statistics

  The Guide can be easily customized by the user, and is designed for the broadest possible audience, including

  • State and local Workforce Investment Act and other employment and training program staff;

  • DOL grant applicants and recipients;

  • Educators, trainers and career counselors;

  • Economic development and strategic planners;

  • Community and faith-based organizations;

  • Employers;

  • Labor unions;

  • DOL national and regional office staff; and

  • Researchers, students, and the general public.

Get started by clicking here.

To review the ETA Training and Employment Notice click here.

A new discussion posted at the request of Andrew Reamer,

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution and

Research Professor, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, George Washington



On November 10, 2010 The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program’s white paper and policy brief entitled “Putting America to Work: The Essential Role of Federal Labor Market Statistics,” was released.  The paper asserts that a healthy U.S. economy requires well-functioning labor markets, which in turn depend on a strong federal labor market statistics system.  Labor market participants—students, workers, educators, and employers—and policymakers need good labor market information in order to make intelligent choices about career and training paths, business location and hiring, and public investment and policy.  These decisions have become more numerous and complex as employers increasingly seek workers with higher skills and a postsecondary credential and as more frequent industry and occupational restructuring requires workers to periodically enhance their skills through education and training.  The recession has quickened these trends.  Consequently, the need for good labor data that informs decision-making is greater than ever, particularly on behalf of workers currently having difficulty finding a job.


The publication of the paper was preceded by a day-long roundtable on September 27, 2010 at Brookings at which presenters and attendees discussed the value of data to labor market functioning, innovations in labor market information, and the ability of the statistical system to meet user needs.  Presentations from the day are available online.


After your review of the white paper and the other materials, you are invited to post a comment in the Community Exchange at


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