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Data collection for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) has ended.

The final data collection for the ECLS-K:2011 concluded in the spring of 2016. The ECLS study team continues to prepare the data from this and earlier data collection rounds. Please visit the following link for information about the release of data from the ECLS-K:2011:

New Data Products:

Restricted-use and public-use files containing data from the kindergarten and first-grade rounds of data collection for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) are now available. Please note that while the ECLS-K:2011 was designed to allow for cross-cohort comparisons with the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 199899 (ECLS-K), the direct child cognitive assessment scores available on these files are not directly comparable to scores from the ECLS-K. Child assessment scores designed specifically for comparisons between the ECLS-K and ECLS-K:2011 cohorts are currently in development. It is appropriate to use data from the current data file release to compare the two cohorts in other ways, for example to look at differences in demographic characteristics or the home, school, and classroom experiences of the two groups.

For a full list of ECLS data products, please visit the Publications and Products area.

Upcoming Conferences, Seminars and Workshops:

The Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) program at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is releasing newly developed online training modules for several NCES complex survey datasets.

The DLDT computer-based training module resource is an online, interactive tool that allows users to learn about NCES data across the education spectrum and evaluate it for suitability for particular research purposes.

There are two types of NCES DLDT modules that are available: Common modules and survey-specific modules. The common modules help you understand NCES data across the education spectrum. They also discuss the methods NCES uses to ensure that the data, published products, and reports are consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate.

Lastly, the common modules help you understand how to access public- and restricted-use datasets.

The survey-specific modules provided in this training system present more detailed information about the specific studies conducted by NCES. Survey-specific modules are currently available for the following surveys: the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort (ECLS-B); the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999 (ECLS-K); the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09); the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS); the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS); the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA); the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS); the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS), and the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B).

Start learning about NCES datasets at:

Upcoming In-person Training: Data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) at NCES

Date: Thursday, April 12th

Time: 9 AM 5 PM

Event Description: This course will provide researchers with information about the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 201011 (ECLS-K:2011). The training will focus on the released data from the kindergarten through fourth-grade collections.

Data from the ECLS-K:2011 allow researchers to examine the relationships between a wide range of family, school, classroom, and individual characteristics and children's development, learning, and school performance in kindergarten and across the elementary school years. In this training, participants will become familiar with the design, content, and research utility of the ECLS-K:2011; learn how to use the Electronic Codebook (ECB) software to create individualized datasets for personal research; understand the need for using sample weights and adjusting variance estimates to conduct accurate analyses; and become familiar with resources available from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) related to the ECLS-K:2011. Participants will also be given an opportunity to ask questions about how the ECLS-K:2011 data can best be used to address their own research interests. Though this course is primarily lecture-based, there will be time for participants to practice navigating the ECB software and work through hands-on exercises. Therefore, it is recommended that each participant bring a laptop computer to the course; computers will not be provided. Note that the ECB software works on computers running Windows 95 or higher, although researchers can use Apple computers for other work during the session. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed for this session; the course is appropriate for researchers of all levels.

For more information about AERA's Annual Meeting and to register for this course please visit the website here: