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High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) Features

  • Nationally representative, longitudinal study of 23,000+ 9th graders from 944 schools in 2009
  • Students followed throughout secondary and postsecondary years
  • Surveys of students, their parents, math and science teachers, school administrators, and school counselors
  • A new student assessment in algebraic skills, reasoning, and problem solving for 9th and 11th grades
  • 10 state representative datasets

HSLS:09 Focus

  • What are students' trajectories from the beginning of high school into postsecondary education, the workforce, and beyond?
  • What majors and careers do students decide to pursue when, why, and how?
  • How do students choose science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, majors, and careers?

HSLS:09 Data Collection Waves

  • Base Year (2009) Available now
  • First Follow-up (2012) Available now
  • 2013 Update (2013) Data processing and review
  • High School Transcripts (2013-2014) Data processing and review
  • Second Follow-up Planned for 2016

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April 2014

NCES releases online HSLS training modules! Click here to view.

November 2013

New First Follow-up data are now available! Public-use data are available for download here or find out how to apply for a restricted-use license here.

October 2013

The First Look report from the First Follow-up data collection (2012) has been released. View this report here.

August 2013

Data files and documentation for the First Follow-up collection are nearing release this fall. Sign up for NewsFlash to receive an alert as soon as new data become available!

January 2013

Data files and documentation for the First Follow-up are currently being developed. Expect release of data in late 2013.

January 2012

Data collection for the first follow-up is currently underway!

August 2011

Data and Documentation

NEW! The HSLS:09 Base Year Public-Use Data File is now available for download from the EDAT or at the "Data and Documentation" link on the left menu.


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