What is the EDEN Survey Tool (EST)?
The EDEN Survey Tool (EST) is a secure, Web-based interface that permits local school districts to enter data, then electronically submit the data to the Department using the Internet. Submitted data is available through EDFacts for analysis and reporting purposes. The EST is intended to obtain data that supplement, not duplicate, the EDEN data collection from states. Currently, the EST is used to collect data for the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) and the Indian Education Formula Grant Program Application for Funds.
The 2006 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) will provide data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation's public schools. Data specifically include information about students in public schools, including enrollment, educational services, and academic proficiency results, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, gender, limited English proficiency, and disability. Data from the CRDC is used by the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Department offices, and other policymakers. A sample of districts was selected for this survey and their participation is mandatory. The collection is scheduled to begin in January 2007.
The Formula Grant Electronic Application System for Indian Education (Formula Grant EASIE) will allow eligible districts to apply for funds for SY 2007- 08 electronically. Districts enter their data in a secure Web site, then electronically submit the data to the Department using the Internet. Performance results for these grants will be available through EDFacts for analysis and reporting purposes. The application is a two-phase process, with districts first providing their Indian student count and later providing budget and performance information. Through a special feature of the EST, the Office of Indian Education can review the applications and request any further necessary information from the applicants through the tool. The first phase of the collection is scheduled to begin in December 2006.