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Data Products

There are three primary ways to access NHES public-use data: Online Codebook, DataLab, and direct downloads.

  1. Accessing NHES Public Use Data through the Online Codebook

NHES public-use data files from 1991 to 2016 are available by downloading them from the NCES website using Online Codebook. Online Codebook allows you to download the data, or a subset of the data that you choose, in SPSS, SAS, S-Plus, Stata, or R statistical programming files. You may also choose to download an ASCII or CSV file. Online Codebook is also a great tool for exploring variables and frequencies. The predecessor to Online Codebook is EDAT, which you may still access.

  1. Analyzing NHES Public Use Data through DataLab

Are you looking for a way to analyze recent NHES data online without downloading data files? DataLab is for you! Data from the 2012 and 2016 NHES collections are in NCES DataLab’s QuickStats, PowerStats, and TrendStats tools.

  • Want to create a bar chart that displays the percentage of adults who had an active certification or license in 2016 by age categories? Use the Adult Training and Education Survey data in QuickStats.
  • Want to run a linear regression that predicts the number of times private school students’ parents participated in activities at the school, controlling for student grade, sex, number of parents, parental work status, and household income? Use the 2016 Parent and Family Involvement in Education data in PowerStats.
  • Want to compare the average cost of program care for children between 2012 and 2016 within household income categories? Use the Early Childhood Program Participation data in TrendStats.

To get started on the DataLab website, hover over either QuickStats, PowerStats, or TrendStats on the right side of the screen, then choose a dataset.

  1. Accessing NHES Public Use Data through Direct Downloads

Data File User’s Manuals, codebooks, and public-use data files are linked below for download. They are organized by NHES collection year.



2016 Data Products

User's Manual

Data Files

Early Childhood Program Participation (ECPP)

Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI)

Adult Training and Education (ATES)


2012 Data Products

Data Files

Early Childhood Program Participation (ECPP)

Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI)

On August 13, 2015, NCES released an errata for the NHES Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) data files released on May 6, 2015, describing an error in the response coding for four variables (P1SCINT , P1WRMTL, P2SCINT , P2WRMTL). That error has been corrected in these PFI files. For more details, see the errata posted here.

User's Manual

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2007 Data Products

Data Files

School Readiness (SR)

Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI)

User's Manual

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2005 Data Products

Data Files

Early Childhood Program Participation (ECPP)

After-School Programs and Activities (ASPA)

Adult Education (AE)

User's Manual

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2003 Data Products

Data Files

Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI)

Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons (AEWR)

User's Manual

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2001 Data Products

Data Files

Early Childhood Program Participation (ECPP)

Before- and After-School Programs and Activities (ASPA)

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning (AELL)

User's Manual

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1999 Data Products

Data Files

Parent

Youth

Adult Education

User's Manual

Methodology Report, 1999

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1991-1996 Data Products

Data Files

To obtain NHES data files and documentation for surveys conducted before 1999, please order the 1991-1999 NHES CD-ROM

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