One of the things the federal government has always been good at is collecting and compiling statistics and information.
One of the things it has recently started to get much better at is publishing those statistics for developers – most notably through the Data.gov portal.
There is a host of data sets available through the Data.gov portal specifically focusing on education. If you want to build a data-driven app, or want to visualize different data sets as part of your Education Hack day project, head on over to the developer section of Data.gov for education statistics.
In addition, here is list of other useful education statistical resources provided by the Department of Education:
Information courtesy of the Jason Hoekstra, U.S. Department of Education.