Johnny Key

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What is an NCES Number or Code?


The NCES Code is entered into Block 4, Column 2 of Form 471. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

The NCES method for identifying schools within each state includes assigning each school an “NCES Code”. The number is assigned when schools within a geographic area are surveyed. Surveys occur approximately every two years.

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