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PEDAR: Research Methodology  First-Generation Students in Postsecondary Education: A Look at Their College Transcripts
The Naitonal Education Longitudinal Study of 1988
The NELS:88 Postsecondary Education Transcript Study
Analysis Sample and Weights
Accuracy of Estimates
Data Analysis System
Statistical Procedures
Differences Between Means
Linear Trends
Multivariate Commonality Analysis
Executive Summary
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Executive Summary (PDF)
 Data Analysis System

The estimates presented in this report were produced using the NCES Data Analysis System (DAS) for the NELS:88/2000 data. This DAS includes selected transcript variables from the PETS file. The DAS software makes it possible for users to specify and generate their own tables. With the DAS, users can replicate or expand upon the tables presented in this report. In addition to the table estimates, the DAS calculates proper standard errors2 and weighted sample sizes for these estimates. If the number of valid cases is too small to produce a reliable estimate (fewer than 30 cases), the DAS prints the message “low-N” instead of the estimate.

In addition to tables, the DAS will also produce a correlation matrix of selected variables to be used for linear regression models. Included in the output with the correlation matrix are the design effects (DEFTs) for each variable in the matrix. Since statistical procedures generally compute regression coefficients based on simple random sample assumptions, the standard errors must be adjusted with the design effects to take into account the stratified sampling method used in the NELS surveys.

The DAS can be accessed electronically at
. For more information about the NELS Data Analysis System, contact:

Aurora D’Amico
Postsecondary Studies Division
National Center for Education Statistics
1990 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006–5652
(202) 502–7334

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