Building State Representative Samples by Merging State Administrative Data with National Longitudinal Data to Study Transitions from High School to College

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Project Overview
Background & Purpose: 

Involvement with the new HSLS:09 offers the National Science Foundation (NSF) the opportunity to fulfill one of its primary goals – that of providing researchers and States the means and opportunity to explore adolescents’ interests, motivation, activities, and background in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas. The state representative samples that NSF is sponsoring not only will support comparative analyses between States and the Nation but also will combine data from State administrative databases (e.g., students’ test scores, math and science courses, student records prior to entering 9th grade) with rich, longitudinal survey data for sampled students in those States.

Research Design: 

The research design for this project is longitudinal, and is designed to generate evidence which is causal (quasi-experimental and statistical modeling). This project collects original data using online self-completion questionnaires and structured computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI). The dataset that is produced will be available for secondary data analysis. This is part of the mission and central occupation of the National Center for Education Statistics. Researchers may apply to receive a cd copy of the secure dataset produced by this study, and the methods to analyze these data will vary widely.

Other Products: 

Dataset, codebook, online data analysis tools, First Look Reports (see nces.ed.gov)