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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

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March 2016:

Public-use HSLS:09 data are now available for analysis using the PowerStats and QuickStats tools in the NCES DataLab. Visit the DataLab site to create your own tables, conduct statistical analyses, and run regressions using HSLS data! 

November 2015:

NCES-Barron’s Admissions Competitiveness Index Data files: 1972, 1982, 1992, 2004, 2008, and 2014 are now available. This file has been updated with new 2014 data from Barron’s American College Profiles (2015 edition). It is available as a restricted-use data file. The data is based on 4-year colleges and universities. The Barron’s ratings can be linked to the elementary/secondary and postsecondary longitudinal studies and can be used for the analysis of 4-year colleges and universities using the NCES postsecondary institution IDs. Contact IES Data Security to request access.

June 2015

Data files and documentation for the 2013 Update and High School Transcripts will be released June 29th, 2015.

May 2015

A new report on high school dropouts and stopouts is available from HSLS: High School Dropouts and Stopouts: Demographic Backgrounds, Academic Experiences, Engagement, and School Characteristics (NCES 2015-064).


February 2015

Data files and documentation for the 2013 Update and High School Transcripts are currently being developed. Expect release of data in mid-2015. See what was asked in the 2013 Update questionnaire here.


November 2014

Data preparation and processing for the HSLS high school transcript data are underway. Expect HSLS High School Transcript data to be released in mid-2015.


April 2014

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