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Statistical Standards
Statistical Standards Program
Table of Contents
1. Development of Concepts and Methods

1-1 Intial Planning of Surveys
1-2 Publication and Production Planning
1-3 Computation of Response Rates
1-4 Codes and Abbreviations
1-5 Defining Race and Ethnicity Data
1-6 Discretionary Grant Descriptions

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
Appendix D
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Compendia are comprehensive resource publications that summarize major education statistics on the status and progress of education at one or more levels of education from preprimary through graduate education, adult education, and lifelong learning.

Conference Reports are compilations of papers presented at NCES-sponsored conferences and workshops.

Data Files present NCES data and related documentation. Products include micro-data files and documentation for micro-data files.

Directories typically present listings of educational institutions and agencies.

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Guides provide descriptions of data collection programs and manuals of procedures which describe how to complete the activity.

Handbooks provide descriptions of procedures and recommendations for best practices.

Issue Briefs/NAEP facts are a two-to-four page summary of a particular topic. A limited number of tables and charts are presented with descriptive text intended to provide a quick view of a current topic.

Questionnaires/Glossaries are copies of questionnaires and glossaries from selected NCES data collections.

Research and Development (R&D) Reports are detailed reports of emerging issues, state-of-the-art analytic approaches, and new software applications. The findings reported in developmental work are subject to revision as the work continues and additional data become available.

Statistical Analysis Reports present an overview of results from one survey, or from one topic based on analysis across several surveys. The data and findings are presented with commentary to identify substantively and statistically significant results, and their relationship to educational research.

Statistics in Brief are a short, focused analysis of a specific topic. Generally 4-to-15 pages in length, these reports are designed to provide data on policy-relevant topics.

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