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Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99: Base Year Public-Use Data Files and User's Manual
This CD-ROM contains base-year data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K). ECLS-K follows a nationally representative sample of about 22,000 kindergartners through the fifth grade, measuring their home and academic environments, opportunities, and achievements.
The CD-ROM contains an Electronic Codebook (ECB), data files, and a user's manual with survey and ECB documentation. The ECB program can be used to (1) examine variables in the base-year (fall and spring kindergarten) ECLS-K data sets; (2) examine question wording, response categories, and frequency distributions; and (3) select and extract variables along with the appropriate code needed to create SAS, SPSS-PC, and STATA data sets. The CD-ROM contains three data files, at the child, teacher, and school levels.
Data File: CCD Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey: School Year 1998-1999
Part of the NCES Common Core of Data (CCD), the "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey" has two primary purposes: (1) to list all public elementary and secondary schools in the 50 states, District of Columbia, five outlying areas, and Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Defense Dependents (overseas) schools; and (2) to provide basic information and descriptive statistics on schools, students, and teachers. Data are provided annually by state education agencies (SEAs) from their administrative records. The 1998-99 data set contains 94,133 records, one for each of the listed schools.
The following information is included for each school: NCES and state school identification number; name and ID number of the agency that operates the school; name, address, and phone number of the school; school type (regular, special education, vocational education, and alternative); locale code (seven categories, from urban to rural); number of students, by grade and ungraded; number of students eligible for free lunch; number of students by race/ethnicity (five categories); and number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers. Starting with the 1998-99 file, the following new information is included for schools: charter, magnet, and Title status of school; number of students eligible for reduced-price lunch; and number of migrant students.
The data can be downloaded from the NCES Web Site either in SAS files or in flat files that can be used with other statistical processing programs, such as SPSS. Documentation is provided in separate files.
Data File: CCD Local Education Agency Universe Survey: School Year 1998-1999
The Common Core of Data (CCD) "Local Education Agency Universe Survey" is one of the five surveys that make up the CCD collection of surveys. This survey provides (1) a complete listing of all education agencies responsible for providing free public elementary/secondary instruction or education support services; and (2) basic information about these education agencies and the students for whose education they are responsible. Most of the agencies listed are school districts or other local education agencies (LEAs). The data are provided annually by state education agencies (SEAs) from their administrative records. The 1998-99 data set contains 16,783 records, one for each public elementary/secondary education agency in the 50 states, District of Columbia, five outlying areas, and Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Defense Dependents (overseas) schools.
The data file includes the following information for each listed agency: NCES and state identification numbers; agency name, address, and phone number; agency type (regular school district, component of supervisory union, headquarters of supervisory union, regional education service agency, state-operated agency, federally operated agency, or other); county code; metropolitan status code; number of students (ungraded and total prekindergarten through grade 12); number of students in special education programs; number of high school completers; dropout data for grades 7-12; and number of instructional and support staff, by occupational category. Starting with the 1998-99 file, the following new information is included for agencies: number of migrant students and number of limited-English-proficient students.
The data can be downloaded from the NCES Web Site either as a SAS file or as a flat file that can be used with other statistical processing programs, such as SPSS. Documentation is provided in separate files.
Building an Automated Student Record System: A Step-by-Step Guide for Local and State Education Agencies
This booklet, developed by the National Forum on Education Statistics (NFES), is a stand-alone guide for local and state education agencies faced with the task of planning for, designing, and implementing an automated student record system. While based on a chapter from the Student Data Handbook for Elementary, Secondary, and Early Childhood Education (NCES 2000-343), this guide contains additional information from a variety of resources, most of which are cited in the text. Included in the contents are guidelines, checklists, and real-life examples.
National Household Education Survey of 1999: Data File User's Manual
The National Household Education Survey of 1999: Data File User's Manual provides comprehensive documentation and guidance for users of the three public-release data files of the National Household Education Survey of 1999 (NHES:1999)-the "Parent Interview," the "Youth Interview," and the "Adult Education Interview". The NHES:1999 interviews were conducted using a random-digit-dial (RDD) telephone survey of households in the United States. The 1999 survey included a compilation of key items from previous NHES surveys on early childhood program participation, family involvement in children's education, school readiness, civic and community involvement, and adult education activities.
The User's Manual contains four volumes. Volume I provides information about the purpose of the study, survey questionnaires, the sample design, data collection and data processing procedures, and a brief guide to the data files. Volumes II through IV each include a guide to one of the three public-release data files, discussion of data considerations and anomalies, and a data file codebook.
The AERA Grants Program
Jointly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), NCES, and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), this training and research program is administered by the http://www.aera.net/grantsprogram/. The program has four major elements: a research grants program, a dissertation grants program, a fellows program, and a training institute. The program is intended to enhance the capability of the U.S. research community to use large-scale data sets, specifically those of the NSF and NCES, to conduct studies that are relevant to educational policy and practice, and to strengthen communications between the educational research community and government staff.
Applications for this program may be submitted at any time. The application review board meets three times per year.
The NAEP Secondary Analysis Grant Program
The NAEP Secondary Analysis Grant Program was developed to encourage educational researchers to conduct secondary analysis studies using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the NAEP High School Transcript Studies. This program is open to all public or private organizations and consortia of organizations. The program is typically announced annually, in the late fall, in the Federal Register. Grants awarded under this program run from 12 to 18 months and awards range from $15,000 to $100,000.