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Study Report

Study Number: QD-037-001-1-1-United States-NCES-2009

Subject Area: Education Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: HSLS, 2009 [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: HSLS:09

Date Accessioned: 4/5/2012

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: The public-use data are available in SPSS, SAS, and Stata formats and can be downloaded at restricted data files, you need to apply for a restricted use data license. Information about applying for restricted use data licenses is available at

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Date Ordered: 4/5/2012

Documentation: Machine readable documentation and questionnaire files can be downloaded at HSLS 2009 reports are available at

Abstract: The High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) is the fifth in a series of secondary school longitudinal studies sponsored by NCES. The design of HSLS:09 is similar to past studies, such as NELS:88 and ELS:2002. HSLS:09 is a nationally representative, longitudinal study of more than 21,000 9th graders in 944 schools who will be followed throughout their secondary and postsecondary years. The study focuses on understanding students' trajectories from the beginning of high school into postsecondary education, the workforce, and beyond. What students decide to pursue when, why, and how are crucial questions for HSLS:09, especially, but not solely, in regards to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, majors, and careers. This study features a new student assessment in algebraic skills, reasoning, and problem solving and includes, like past studies, surveys of students, their parents, math and science teachers, school administrators, as well as a new survey of school counselors. The first wave of data collection began in the fall of 2009 and produced not only a nationally representative dataset but also state representative datasets for each of ten states. The next data collection began in January 2012.

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