Before beginning the data request process, all requesters are expected to check public data repositories to see if the data may already be available.
- Open House is a one-stop-shop for Kentucky’s public education data.
- School Report Card provides detailed information (including downloadable datasets) about each school and district, including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, awards, parent involvement and much more.
- Kentucky Center for Education & Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) provides a statewide longitudinal data system, responds to requests for data and information, and provides reports on a number of topical areas.
- National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing education data. NCES provides numerous publications and statistics to serve the research, education and other interested communities.
Data Request and Approval Process
KDE Data Request Form | This electronic form must be filled out and submitted for any type of data request. This includes internal and external requests that do or do not involve personally identifiable information. External data requests must be sponsored by a KDE associate commissioner.
KDE will consider each request on a case by case basis. Decisions are based on many factors including alignment of the research with the department's research plan and availability of staff resources. Requestor must provide all information necessary to evaluate the request within 90 days of the request or the request will be rejected as incomplete.
A fully executed memorandum of understanding (MOU) is required for requests that include personally identifiable information (PII). KDE provides downloadable KDE approved MOU templates that are available below. The templates include provisions required by the Personal Information and Security Breach Investigation Procedures and Practices Act , KRS 61.931, 61.932 and 61.933, effective Jan. 1, 2015. If an MOU is required, the requestor must submit a completed MOU signed by an authorized agent within 90 days of the data request or the data request will be rejected as incomplete.
FERPA Exceptions Summary | This document is a summary of the requirements for the written agreements under the studies exception and the audit or evaluation exception as specified in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The mandatory elements of the agreements vary slightly between the two exceptions.
KDE MOU Templates
Evaluations, audits or compliance activities - Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) template with exhibits for requests under the FERPA exception to carry out evaluations, audits, or compliance activities. (Rev. 1/18/2017)
Upon notification that your data request has been approved and if an MOU is necessary, submit your proposed MOU to KDE via the KDE Data Request Mailbox.