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Statistical Standards
Statistical Standards Program
Table of Contents
1. Development of Concepts and Methods
2. Planning and Design of Surveys
3. Collection of Data
4. Processing and Editing of Data
5. Analysis of Data / Production of Estimates or Projections
6. Establishment of Review Procedures
7. Dissemination of Data
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

·Sample Table
·Major Types of Tables
·Tabular Format
·Table Titles
·Table Stub
·Tabular Notes
·Sizing a Table
Appendix D
Publication information

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There are three types of tables that are used in NCES publications. Taken in order of complexity, they are ¾ summary tables, reference tables, and methodological tables.

Summary/Text Tables
Summary, or text, tables focus on selected data to show important comparisons and relationships. In reports containing analytical text, these tables are often placed at or near the first textual reference to them because they are closely related to the discussion. If numerous, they may be grouped at the ends of chapters or at the end of the report, preceding the reference tables, if there are any.

Reference Tables
Reference tables are more detailed tables. Large quantities of information and comprehensive collections of data appear in reference tables. They normally form a separate section usually placed following the text at the end of the report. Sometimes, fairly short reference tables appear at the ends of chapters if summary tables are interspersed in the text.

Methodological Tables
Methodological tables contain standard errors or confidence intervals for data in a report. Place these tables in an appendix.

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