The 1993 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:93) provided the data for these analyses. NCES first surveyed a nationally representative sample of about 11,200 students who received bachelor's degrees between July 1, 1992 and June 30, 1993 in the Spring of 1993, and then again in 1994 and 1997. These analyses are based on the 83 percent of the original sample who participated in all three B&B survey administrations.
The B&B data provide an important opportunity to compare the behavior of a significant proportion of new teachers to that of their nonteaching peers. However, results from these analyses cannot be generalized to all new teachers in 194 or 1997 because many new teachers do not begin teaching immediately after completing a bachelor's degree.
These analyses are based largely on composite variables developed from graduates' reports of what they were doing during both April 1994 and 1997. Composites were created to summarize graduates' major activities (e.g. working, studying, or both) in 1994 and 1997, whether their major activities differed between April 1994 and 1997, and whether their occupations differed between the two years.