Listed below are the primary NCES databases that are used for the analysis of career/technical
education issues. The surveys are grouped by category: secondary, postsecondary
and adult, and longitudinal studies.
High School Transcript Studies. High school transcripts
collected in conjunction with the National Assessment of Educational Progress and
the Educational Longitudinal Study provide data on CTE coursetaking and credits
earned, and are used to describe trends in CTE coursetaking over time.
Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). Data from the School,
School Administrator, and Teacher Questionnaires are used to provide counts and
descriptions of the public schools that offer CTE, CTE high schools, and the teachers
who provide CTE instruction.
Postsecondary and Adult Studies
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data
from the Completions, Institutional Characteristics, and Fall Enrollment components
are used to provide counts of postsecondary educational institutions that confer
credentials in occupational fields of study and counts of postsecondary credentials
awarded in those fields.
National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS). Data from the student record data collections and student interviews are used to provide counts and descriptions of undergraduates majoring in occupational fields of study and the credentials that they seek.
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Data from this U.S. Census Bureau household survey provide counts of adults who have work credentials (occupational licenses or certifications).
National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88).
Data from the base-year questionnaires and follow-up surveys are used to describe
the postsecondary majors, postsecondary attainment, and labor market outcomes of
high school students of the class of 1992.
Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS). Data from the base-year and follow-up surveys, along with high school transcript data, are used to describe the postsecondary and labor market outcomes of the high school class of 2004.
Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS) . Data from the base-year NPSAS and its BPS follow-up surveys are used to describe students’ postsecondary persistence, credential attainment, and labor market outcomes.