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Education Statistics Quarterly
Vol 2, Issue 4
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Note From NCES
     Note From NCES
     By: Val Plisko, Associate Commissioner, Early Childhood, International & Crosscutting Studies Division
     Examines the need for and challenges faced by the NCES Career/Technical Education Statistics (CTES) and similar efforts to draw data on specific sectors of education from a variety of sources.
 
Featured Topic: Vocational Education Data
     Introduction: The Career/Technical Education Statistics (CTES)
     By: Lisa Hudson, Education Statistician, NCES Data Development Program
     Discusses the history, features, and ongoing development of the CTES, which provides detailed information on vocational education at the national level.
 
     Invited Commentary: Informing Policy on Vocational Education: Data Development for the Next Decade
     By: Gary Hoachlander, President, MPR Associates, Inc.
 
     Invited Commentary: The Role of CTES in Policy Decisionmaking
     By: Marsha Silverberg, Deputy Director, National Assessment of Vocational Education, Planning and Evaluation Service, U.S. Department of Education
 
Elementary and Secondary Education
     The Kindergarten Year: Findings From the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99
     By:Jerry West, Kristin Denton, and Lizabeth M. Reaney
     Describes children's gains in two areas during the kindergarten year; overall reading and mathematics knowledge and skills, and specific knowledge and skills. Examines differences by child, family and school characteristics.
 
     NAEP 1999 Trends in Academic Progress: Three Decades of Student Performance
     By:Jay R. Campbell, Catherine M. Hombo, and John Mazzeo
     Provides the results of long-term trend assessments in reading, mathematics, and science, examining the trends in 9-, 13-, and 17-year-olds' achievement in these three subjects over the past 30 years.
 
     Dropout Rates in the United States: 1999
     By:Phillip Kaufman, Jim Y. Kwon, Steve Klein, and Christopher D. Chapman
     Presents high school dropout and completion rates for 1999, as well as time-series data for 1972 to 1999. Also examines the characteristics of high school dropouts and completers in 1999.
 
     Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2000
     By:Phillip Kaufman, Xianglei Chen, Susan P. Choy, Sally A. Ruddy, Amanda K. Miller, Jill K. Fleury, Kathryn A. Chandler, Michael R. Rand, Patsy Klaus, and Michael G. Planty
     Presents indicators of various aspects of school crime and safety, including new data on hate-related language and updated data on student and teacher victimization, students' perception of safety and the presence of gangs, and students' avoidance of places at school.
 
     Teachers' Tools for the 21st Century: A Report on Teachers' Use of Technology
     By:Becky Smerdon, Stephanie Cronen, Lawrence Lanahan, Jennifer Anderson, Nicholas Iannotti, and January Angeles
     Decribes teachers' use of education technology for instructional purposes in their classrooms and schools, the availability of this technology, teachers' training and preparation for using this technology, and the barriers to their using it.
 
Postsecondary Education
     Salaries and Tenure of Full-Time Instructional Faculty on 9- and 10-month Contracts: 1998-1999
     By:Rosa M. Fernandez
     Provides the numbers, tenure status, and average salaries of full-time instructional faculty on 9- and 10-month contracts at degree-granting postsecondary institutions that are eligible to participate in Title IV programs.
 
Public, State, and Federal Libraries
     State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 1999
     By:P. Elaine Kroe
     Contains data on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, including these agencies' governance, services, collectionsk staff, and income and expenditures.
 
International Statistics
     Mathematics and Science in the Eighth Grade: Findings from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study
 
Crosscutting Statistics
     Federal Support for Education: Fiscal Years 1980 to 2000
     By:Charlene M. Hoffman
     Provides a comprehensive picture of federal financial support for education, including both Department of Education programs and other support.
 
Methodology
     NAEP Scoring of Fourth-Grade Narrative Writing
     By:Sheida White and Alan Venneman
     Includes the guide used by scorers of fourth-grade narrative writing in 1998, samples of students responses at each of the six levels of performance, and discussion of the scoring method.
 
     NAEP Scoring of Eighth-Grade Informative Writing
     By:Sheida White and Alan Venneman
     Includes the guide used by scorers of eighth-grade narrative writing in 1998, samples of students responses at each of the six levels of performance, and discussion of the scoring method.
 
     NAEP Scoring of Twelfth-Grade Persuasive Writing
     By:Sheida White and Alan Venneman
     Includes the guide used by scorers of 12th-grade narrative writing in 1998, samples of students responses at each of the six levels of performance, and discussion of the scoring method.
 
     Issues Related to Estimating the Home-Schooled Population in the United States With National Household Survey Data
     By:Robin R. Henke, Phillip Kaufman, Stephen P. Broughman, and Kathryn Chandler
     Examines differences in the design and execution of two surveys - the 1996 National Household Education Survey (NHES) and the 1994 October Current Population Survey (CPS) - that may have contributed to disparate estimates of the number and proportion of home-schooled children.
 
     National Household Education Survey of 1999: Methodology Report
     By:Mary Jo Nolin, Jill Montaquila, Patricia Nicchitta, Kwang Kim, Brian Kleiner, Jean Lennon, Christopher Chapman, Sean Creighton, and Stacey Bielick
     Describes the design, implementation, and release of the 1999 National Household Education Survey (NHES). Includes discussion of the goals of the survey, selection of survey topics, and design of the survey instruments.
 
Data Products, Other Publications, and Funding Opportunities
Data Products
     Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998–99: Base Year Public-Use Data Files and User's Manual
 
     Data File: CCD Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey: School Year 1998–1999
 
     Data File: CCD Local Education Agency Universe Survey: School Year 1998–1999
 
Other Publications
     Building an Automated Student Record System: A Step-by-Step Guide for Local and State Education Agencies
     By:Barbara Clements
 
     National Household Education Survey of 1999: Data File User's Manual (volumes I, II, III, and IV)
     By:Mary Jo Nolin, Jill Montaquila, Jean Lennon, Brian Kleiner, Kwang Kim, Christopher Chapman, Kathryn Chandler, Sean Creighton, and Stacey Bielick
 
Funding Opportunities
     The AERA Grants Program
 
     The NAEP Secondary Analysis Grant Program
 

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