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Statistical Standards
Statistical Standards Program
 
Table of Contents
 
Introduction
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

 
6-1 Review of Reports and Data Products

7. Dissemination of Data
 
Glossary
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
 
Publication information

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ESTABLISHMENT OF REVIEW PROCEDURES


LIST 6-1-A: KEY STEPS IN THE REVIEW AND ADJUDICATION PROCESS


NCES reports that include data or the analysis of data undergo both internal and external peer review.

PROGRAM REVIEW PROCESS
Decision: NCES Author submits draft report to Program Director for review.
Sign-off: Program Director

DIVISION REVIEW PROCESS
Decision: NCES Author submits draft report to Senior Technical Advisor for review. The Senior Technical Advisor sends signed-off draft to the Associate Commissioner for clearance and to the Chief Statistician for a pre-review.
Sign-off: Senior Technical Advisor, Associate Commissioner, and Chief Statistician

APPROVAL OF PROPOSED REVIEWERS
Decision: NCES Author submits reviewer memo through the Associate Commissioner to the Office of the Commissioner (OC) 3 weeks before the report due to OC date. The reviewers must include two relevant specialists from other NCES programs, and one or more external reviewers for additional subject matter or technical expertise.
Sign-off: Associate Commissioner and Commissioner

SUBMIT REPORT TO THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER
Decision: NCES Author submits approved peer review list and the publication to the Office of the Commissioner for clearance for distribution for review.
Sign-off: Commissioner

REVIEW BY ASSISTANT SECRETARY
Decision: Five (5) working days for review by the Office for Educational Research and Improvement (OERI).
Sign-off: Assistant Secretary

INTERIM REVISION PERIOD
Decision: Ten (10) working days for author to make revisions requested from OERI.
Sign-off: Associate Commissioner, in consultation with the Chief Statistician and the Commissioner

SCHEDULE ADJUDICATION MEETING
Decision: NCES Author requests a Statistical Standards Program (SSP) chair for an adjudication meeting. After a chair is selected, an adjudication meeting is scheduled.
Sign-off: Chief Statistician

DISTRIBUTION FOR REVIEW
Process: NCES Author sends peer review draft to internal and external reviewers. This draft should include supporting documentation for statistical testing. At the same time, the Office of the Commissioner sends the peer review draft for Principal Operating Component (POC) review allowing 2 days for distribution. All reviewers also receive notification of the time and place for the adjudication meeting, and an invitation to attend (see Letter A).
Review period: Eighteen (18) or more working days for all reports. NCES Authors are to allow 15 days for peer review, with a request for written comments from reviewers no later than 3 days prior to the scheduled adjudication meeting.

PREPARATION OF REVIEWERS COMMENTS
Process: NCES Author delivers one copy of all POC and peer reviewer comments to the Chief Statistician and one copy to the adjudicator two working days before the scheduled adjudication meeting. To concentrate the adjudication meeting on areas needing resolution; when possible, a pre-adjudication memo should be provided at the adjudication with author agreement and suggested responses to comments.

ADJUDICATION MEETING DECISION
Decision: If, and only if, comments from all reviewers are received and are minimal, the author may recommend not holding the adjudication meeting.
Sign-off: Chief Statistician

ADJUDICATION MEETING
Process: The Adjudicator chairs a meeting of the author and reviewers. The Author presents major points from the written comments of reviewers; these are discussed and resolved by the participants. The Adjudicator makes decisions if no consensus is reached. Prior to the end of the meeting, the author is responsible for summarizing the description of all revisions agreed upon during the meeting. The Author obtains assurance from the Adjudicator that the publication with proposed changes will meet NCES standards. Any appeals to decisions may be made to the Chief Statistician. In cases where the revisions result in new analysis and/or extensive rewriting, a second adjudication meeting may be held.

POST-ADJUDICATION REVISIONS AND CLEARANCE
Decision: Within fifteen (15) working days, the NCES author submits the revised publication, along with a post-adjudication memo that describes all changes, to the adjudicator for review.
Sign-off: Chief Statistician, based on recommendation of the Adjudicator.

NOTE: The Commissioner of NCES is the final judge of the content of NCES publications. If the Commissioner delegates this authority, decisions may be appealed to the Commissioner.


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