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Study Report

Study Number: QD-036-002-1-1-United States-NCES-2002

Subject Area: Education Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Education longitudinal study 2002/2004, base year and first followup data [public use version].  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: NCES2006-346

Date Accessioned: 2/20/2006

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: As received from NCES, NCES 2006-346. An Electronic Codebook (ECB) system is included on this CD. It needs to be installed to a PC before use. For more information about ELS2002/2004, visit ELS 2002 site for more information about the education longitudinal study in 2002. An ISO copy of this CD-Rom is stored in DPLS-Archive. 9/06 Program is installed on Ketchup and Mustard. 1/08 ELS:2002 base year through first follow-up data were released at the online Data Analysis System (DAS). DAS allows users to run their own analysis online by creating tables and performing logistic regressions.

Access Status: Unrestricted

Date Ordered: 2/8/2006

Documentation: User's manual, codebook and appendices are in PDF format. They can be found under /Report folder on the CD-Rom. Codebook files are also available from this site. PDF questionnaires for the base year and first followup can be downloaded from this web site.

Abstract: ELS2002 is a longitudinal study with a representative sample of high school sophomore. It follows the same individuals, a cohort of high school students over time. The transition through high school and beyond into postsecondary institutions and the labor market is complex because there are many different pathways that youth may follow. It is also prolonged since it takes place over a period of years. The complexity and time frame for such transition make longitudinal approaches meaningful. By surveying the same young people over time, it is possible to record the changes taking place in their lives. It is also possible to help explain these changes and understand the ways that earlier achievements, aspirations and experience influence what happens to them later in labor market.

ELS:2002 gathers information at multiple levels. It obtains information not just from students and their school records, but also from students' parents, their teachers, and the administrators (principal and library media center director) of their schools. Data from their teachers provides direct information not only about the student, but about the specific class in which the teacher and student interact. Additionally, teacher reports can provide information about the school, as seen from the teacher's perspective. This multilevel focus supplies researchers with a comprehensive picture of the home, community and school environments and their influences on the student.

In 2004 the study returned to the same 750 schools, but separately followed dropouts and a sample of transfer students. For this first follow-up most of the respondents are seniors in high school but some are drop-outs or in another grades. Hence, student questionnaires, dropout questionnaires, cognitive tests, school administrator questionnaires were administered. High school transcript component in 2004 (records data for grades 9 - 12). School archival records (courses completed, grades, attendance, SAT/ACT scores, and so on) are currently being collected for sample members' academic careers from 9th through 12th grades.

Media/File Reports:

7346 (CD-Rom)
7348 (CD-Rom)