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NCES 2016105 NAEP Technical Documentation
This section of the NAEP website, technical documentation on the web (TDW), is written for researchers and assumes knowledge of educational measurement and testing. TDW contains information about the technical procedures and methods of NAEP. The TDW site is organized by topic (from Instruments through Analysis and Scaling) with subtopics, including information specific to a particular assessment. Each page has a link for previewing a printer-friendly version, if you wish to print. To view all contents currently available on the TDW website in a single display, click on the Table of Contents link.
NFES 2016095 Forum Guide to Elementary/Secondary Virtual Education Data
Forum guide to elementary/secondary virtual education data was developed to assist education agencies as they: 1) consider the impact of virtual education on established data elements and methods of data collection, and 2) address the scope of changes, the rapid pace of new technology development, and the proliferation of resources in virtual education.
NCES 2016184 User's Manual for the ECLS-K:2011 Second-Grade Hearing Evaluations Component Restricted-Use Data File
This User’s Manual provides information on the hearing evaluations conducted on a subsample of study children in the fall second-grade round of data collection for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011). It describes the evaluation components and data collection procedures used to evaluate children's hearing. It also describes the second-grade hearing evaluations component restricted-use data file structure and variables created from data collected during the evaluations. This manual is only available to users of the ECLS-K:2011 Second-Grade Hearing Evaluations Component Restricted-Use Data File (NCES 2016-183).
NCES 2016183 ECLS-K:2011 Second-Grade Hearing Evaluations Component Restricted-Use Data File
Hearing evaluations were conducted on a subsample of study children in the fall second-grade round of data collection. The ECLS-K:2011 second-grade hearing evaluations component restricted-use data file includes all of the hearing evaluation data collected during the fall 2012 round, including: responses from children to a set of pre-test questions intended to identify conditions that might affect either how the evaluation should be conducted or how the results should be interpreted; results from otoscopy, a brief visual examination of the ear; results from tympanometry, an automated test of middle ear function; and results from pure tone air conduction audiometry. The hearing evaluations data are provided in an ASCII text file (K2011hearing2nd.DAT). A program that must be run in a statistical software package to input the ASCII text file and produce an analytic data file is provided in three formats: SAS, SPSS, and Stata. This file is intended to be used in conjunction with a main longitudinal restricted-use ECLS-K:2011 data file, for example the ECLS-K:2011 kindergarten-second grade restricted-use data file (NCES 2015-050).
NCES 2015301 Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2012-13 (Fiscal Year 2013) (NCES 2015-301)
This First Look report introduces new data for national and state-level public elementary and secondary revenues and expenditures for fiscal year 2013 (FY 13). Specifically, this report includes findings from the following types of school finance data:

• Revenue and expenditure totals;
• Revenues by source;
• Expenditures by function and object;
• Current expenditures; and
• Current expenditures per pupil.
NCES 2015303 Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2012-13 (Fiscal Year 2013) (NCES 2015-303)
This First Look report presents data on public elementary and secondary education revenues and expenditures at the local education agency (LEA) or school district level for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Specifically, this report includes findings from the following types of school finance data:

• Revenue and expenditure totals by state and the 100 largest LEAs;
• Federal revenues received by local education agencies by program and state;
• Expenditures by function and object totals by state;
• and Current expenditures per pupil by state and the 100 largest LEAs.
NCES 2016401 Persistence and Attainment of 2011–12 First-Time Postsecondary Students After 3 Years (BPS:12/14)
This publication provides descriptive findings from the 2012/14 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:12/14) focusing on attainment, persistence, and retention in postsecondary education. BPS:12/14 is a nationally representative longitudinal sample survey of students who began postsecondary education for the first time during the 2011–12 academic year; this first follow-up represents students’ experiences about 3 years after their initial enrollment. Among 2011–12 first-time postsecondary students, 7 percent had completed a certificate, 7 percent had completed an associate’s degree, and 1 percent had completed a bachelor’s degree at any institution within 3 years. Another 39 percent had not earned a credential and were enrolled at a 4-year institution, 16 percent were enrolled at a less-than-4-year institution, and 30 percent were not enrolled at any institution by the spring of 2014.
NCES 2015181 Graduation Rates for Selected Cohorts, 2006-11; Student Financial Aid in Postsecondary Institutions, Academic Year 2013-14; and Admissions in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2014: First Look (Provisional Data)
This provisional First Look report includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) winter 2014-15 data collection, which included three survey components: Graduation Rates for selected cohorts 2006-2011, Student Financial Aid data for the academic year 2013-14, as well as Admissions for Fall 2014.
NCES 2016100 Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-20 Countries: 2015
Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-20 Countries draws on the information about education from the International Indicators of Education Systems (INES) project at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as international assessments ranging across the lifespan from grade 4 through adulthood. Topics covered include population and school enrollment, academic performance, contexts for learning, expenditure for education, and educational attainment and income. The G-20 countries, which are among the most economically developed, represent 85 percent of the world’s economy and two-thirds of its population, and are some of the United States’ largest economic partners. This report is the latest in a series that has been published since 2002. Previous reports focused on the G-8 countries. This is the first to focus on the G-20 countries.
NCES 2015119 Performance of Fourth-Grade Students in the 2012 NAEP Computer-Based Writing Pilot Assessment
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted a computer-based pilot writing assessment at grade 4 in 2012, based on the 2011 NAEP writing framework. A key question that this pilot assessment was designed to answer was whether or not fourth-graders could fully demonstrate their writing ability on a computer.

To address this question, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted the present study. Approximately 10,400 fourth-graders from about 510 schools (420 public and 90 private) composed responses to writing tasks reflecting three purposes of writing: to persuade or change the reader’s point of view, to explain or broaden the reader’s understanding of a topic, and to convey an experience—real or imaginary. Fulfillment of these purposes of writing required students to bring forth target skills related to language facility, development of ideas, and organization of ideas. The schools and students participating in this pilot assessment were selected to be representative of all schools nationally.

In addition to the 2012 NAEP grade 4 pilot writing assessment data, this report also refers to the findings of a small-scale usability study conducted in 2011, as well as the 2010 NAEP grade 4 paper-based pilot writing assessment and the 2011 NAEP grade 8 and 12 computer-based writing assessments.

NCES 2015089 Public School Teacher Autonomy in the Classroom Across School Years 2003–04, 2007–08, and 2011–12
This Statistics in Brief examines a construct of teacher autonomy based on teachers’ responses to six questions regarding perceptions of influence over classroom instruction and classroom management. The brief focuses on how teachers’ perceptions of autonomy have changed over these three school years, as well as how levels of teacher autonomy vary across selected teacher and school characteristics.
NCES 2016005 Enrollment and Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2014; and Financial Statistics and Academic Libraries, Fiscal Year 2014: First Look (Provisional Data)
This provisional First Look report includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2015 data collection, which included four survey components: Enrollment for fall 2014; Finance for fiscal year 2014; data on employees in postsecondary education for Fall 2014; and data for Academic Libraries for fiscal year 2014.
NCES 2015065 Teaching Vacancies and Difficult-to-Staff Teaching Positions in Public Schools
This Statistics in Brief describes the percentages of public schools that reported that they had teaching vacancies and subject areas with difficult-to-staff teaching positions in the 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2007–08, and 2011–12 school years.
NCES 2015097REV Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2014-15; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2013-14; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2013-14: First Look (Provisional Data)
This First Look is a revised version of the preliminary report released on July 23, 2015. It includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall 2014 collection, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2014-15 academic year, Completions covering the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, and data on 12-Month Enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year.
NCES 2015136 The Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Mathematics and Reading Assessments
This online report presents results from the NAEP 2015 mathematics and reading assessments. The report includes national, state and Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) results on the performance of fourth- and eighth-grade students. The TUDAs are 21 large urban school districts that obtain NAEP results at the district level. Results are presented in terms of average scale scores and as percentages of students performing at the three NAEP achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. In addition to overall scores, results are reported by racial/ethnic groups, by gender, and by type of school. The 2015 trend in national average mathematics scores show a decline at both grades since the last assessment in 2013. Average scores for reading in 2015 declined at grade 8; there was no significant change in the reading score for fourth-grade students. Over the long term, however, scores were higher in 2015 in both subject and grades compared to the initial assessments in the early 1990s.
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