NCES is currently conducting multiple transcript data collections in conjunction with several secondary and postsecondary education studies. Most recently, NCES collected transcripts from each institution attended for students in the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/09) and the graduating institution for sample members in the Baccalaureate and Beyond Study (B&B:08). Postsecondary transcript collections are anticipated as part of the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) and the final follow-up of the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:12/17).
Under law, public use data collected and distributed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) may be used only for statistical purposes. Any effort to determine the identity of any reported case by public-use data users is prohibited by law. Violations are subject to Class E felony charges of a fine up to $250,000 and/or a prison term up to 5 years.
NCES does all it can to assure that the identity of data subjects cannot be disclosed. All direct identifiers, as well as any characteristics that might lead to identification, are omitted or modified in the dataset to protect the true characteristics of individual cases. Any intentional identification or disclosure of a person or institution violates the assurances of confidentiality given to the providers of the information. Therefore, users shall:
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