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Education Statistics Quarterly
Vol 3, Issue 2
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Note From NCES
     Note From NCES
     By:Val Plisko, Associate Commissioner, Early Childhood, International and Crosscutting Studies Division
     Discusses the development of The Condition of Education report and describes the two other flagship reports that NCES produces annually.
 
Featured Topic: The Condition of Education
     The Condition of Education: 2001
     By:National Center for Education Statistics
     Focuses on indicators that present data on numerous aspects of the condition and progress of education in the United States, including academic, social, and economic outcomes; enrollments and participation at all levels; and the quality of educational environments.
 
     Invited Commentary: Uses and Limitations of Indicator Data
     By:Andrew C. Porter, Director, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, and Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
     Invited Commentary: Research-Based Programs to Close Postsecondary Education Gaps
     By:Vinetta C. Jones, Dean, School of Education, Howard University
 
Elementary and Secondary Education
     The Nation’s Report Card: Fourth-Grade Reading 2000
     By:Patricia L. Donahue, Robert J. Finnegan, Anthony D. Lutkus, Nancy L. Allen, and Jay R. Campbell
     Reports on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2000 Reading Assessment of fourth-graders, presenting results for the nation, comparisons with the results of previous assessments, results for subgroups of students, and results when testing accommodations are permitted for special-needs students.
 
     Civics: What Do Fourth-Graders Know, and What Can They Do?
     By:Carol Johnson and Alan Vanneman
     Describes fourth-graders’ performance on 30 questions from the NAEP 1998 Civics Assessment. Includes samples of students’ written responses.
 
     Civics: What Do Eighth-Graders Know, and What Can They Do?
     By:Carol Johnson and Alan Vanneman
     Describes eighth-graders’ performance on 37 questions from the NAEP 1998 Civics Assessment. Includes samples of students’ written responses.
 
     Civics: What Do 12th-Graders Know, and What Can They Do?
     By:Carol Johnson and Alan Vanneman
     Describes 12th-graders’ performance on 38 questions from the NAEP 1998 Civics Assessment. Includes samples of students’ written responses.
 
     Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status
     By:Christine Winquist Nord and Jerry West
     Examines parents’ school involvement by family type and explores the association between their involvement and whether students get mostly A’s, have ever repeated a grade, or have ever been suspended or expelled.
 
     Public School Student, Staff, and Graduate Counts by State: School Year 1999–2000
     By:Ghedam Bairu
     Provides the following national and state data for public elementary and secondary schools in 1999-2000: number of students enrolled, number of staff by type, number of high school graduates, and race/ethnicity of students and graduates.
 
     Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994–2000
     By:Anne Cattagni and Elizabeth Farris
     Examines the progress of public schools in providing students and teachers with access to computers and the Internet. Includes comparisons by school characteristics.
 
     Staff Data Handbook for Elementary, Secondary, and Early Childhood Education: 2001 Edition
     By:Oona Cheung and Beth Aronstamm Young
     Provides guidelines for consistent maintenance of staff information by schools, school districts, state education agencies, and other institutions.
 
Postsecondary Education
     Credits and Attainment: Returns to Postsecondary Education Ten Years After High School
     By:Brian Zucker and Royal Dawson
     Describes the earnings of young adults who have some college but no postsecondary degree. Explores associations of earnings with demographic and family background, high school preparation, postsecondary experience, and early work experience.
 
     Attrition of New Teachers Among Recent College Graduates: Comparing Occupational Stability Among 1992–93 Graduates Who Taught and Those Who Worked in Other Occupations
     By:Robin R. Henke and Lisa Zahn
     Looks at the occupational stability of 1992-93 bachelor’s degree recipients, examining whether those who were teaching in 1994 were more or less likely than those who were working in other occupations in 1994 to have left the workforce or be working in a different occupation by 1997.
 
     Background Characteristics, Work Activities, and Compensation of Faculty and Instructional Staff in Postsecondary Institutions: Fall 1998
     By:Linda J. Zimbler
     Provides overview data on all faculty and instructional staff in public and private not-for-profit 2-year-and-above postsecondary institutions, as well as more detailed data on those who have duties involving instruction for which students receive credit.
 
Libraries
     The Status of Academic Libraries in the United States: Results From the 1996 Academic Library Survey With Historical Comparisons
     By:Maggie Cahalan, Wendy Mansfield, and Natalie Justh
     Presents detailed data on the status of academic libraries in 1996, as well as historical comparisons with previous years, focusing on comparisons since 1990.
 
International Statistics
     What Democracy Means to Ninth-Graders: U.S. Results From the International IEA Civic Education Study
     By:Stéphane Baldi, Marianne Perie, Dan Skidmore, Elizabeth Greenberg, and Carole Hahn
     Presents U.S. results from an assessment of the civic knowledge, skills, and attitudes of 14-year-old students in 28 countries, describing the performance of U.S. students relative to their counterparts in other countries and examining contextual factors and student characteristics that relate to U.S. students’ civic knowledge and attitudes.
 
Methodology
     Monetary Incentives for Low-Stakes Tests
     By:Harold F. O’Neil, Jr., Jamal Abedi, Charlotte Lee, Judy Miyoshi, and Ann Mastergeorge
     Documents the findings of an experiment in which 12th-grade students taking a math assessment were given monetary incentives to see whether such incentives would improve their performance.
 
     1999 Customer Satisfaction Survey Report: How Do We Measure Up?
     By:Sameena Salvucci, Albert C.E. Parker, R. William Cash, and Lori Thurgood
     Summarizes results of a 1999 survey regarding how satisfied federal, state, and local policymakers; academic researchers; and journalists were with NCES publications, databases, and services. Compares results in 1999 with results in 1997.
 
Other Publications and Funding Opportunities
Other Publications
     The Nation's Report Card: Fourth-Grade Reading Highlights 2000
     By:Shari L. Santapau
 
     Highlights of U.S. Results From the International IEA Civic Education Study (CivEd)
     By:Stéphane Baldi, Marianne Perie, Dan Skidmore, Elizabeth Greenberg, and Carole Hahn
 
     Public School Finance Programs of the United States and Canada: 1998–99
     By:Catherine C. Sielke, John Dayton, C. Thomas Holmes, and Anne L. Jefferson (compilers)
 
     The Condition of Education: 2000 in Brief
     By:Jeanne H. Nathanson
 
Funding Opportunities
     The AERA Grants Program
 
     The NAEP Secondary Analysis Grant Program
 

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