Big Data Meets EDU…at NOVA EDU Startup Weekend


The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) has worked with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to prepare a live link to datasets that can be used by teams during the NOVA EDU Startup Weekend. This is the first Startup Weekend to highlight K-12 education data!

This release puts potential solutions in the hands of the public’s creativity. The educational datasets are primed for the creation of innovative software applications that can provide unique social value proposition for the developer and educational community to consider, access and use.

The released datasets carefully guard student privacy and no data on an individual is released.  In addition, data suppression rules have been applied to each dataset as an added measure to maintain security.

The seven published datasets provide data on:

  • Students enrolled in Virginia public schools
  • Student graduation rates
  • Number of students with disabilities receiving special education
  • Student test results (against Virginia’s Standards of Learning) in English reading and writing, mathematics, history and science
  • High school students completing Career and Technical (CTE) programs
  • High school graduates
  • Middle and high school dropouts

The data released for the NOVA EDU Startup Weekend is considered the “kick-off” data release for the Apps4VA program. The weekend event is the first Startup Weekend to highlight K-12 education data. To access the datasets, go to