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Education Statistics Quarterly
Vol 1, Issue 1
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Note From the Commissioner
     Note From the Commissioner
     By: Pascal D. Forgione, Jr.
     An introduction to the first issue by the Commissioner of NCES, outlining how the Quarterly reflects his goals for the agency.
Featured Topic- Teacher Quality
     Teacher Quality: A Report on the Preparation and Qualifications of Public School Teachers
     By: Laurie Lewis, Basmat Parsad, Nancy Carey, Nicole Bartfai, Elizabeth Farris, and Becky Smerdon
     The first in a biennial series of reports focusing specifically on teachers' preservice qualifications, continued learning, and workplace support. Also examines and provides a context for teachers' feelings of preparedness to meet new challenges posed by education reforms, technological changes, and increased student diversity.
     Invited Commentary: Better Policies Leading to Improved Teaching
     By: John F. Jennings, Director, Center on Education Policy, Washington, DC
     Invited Commentary: Understanding the Problem of Teacher Quality in American Schools
     By: Richard M. Ingersoll, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia
Early Childhood Education
     Preprimary Education Enrollment
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     Presents preprimary enrollment rates for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds by student characteristics such as race-ethnicity, household income, and parents' highest education level.
     Early Literacy Experiences in the Home
     By: from The Condition of Education 1998
     Provides percentages of children ages 3-5 who were read to, told a story, or taken to the library by a parent or other family member.
Elementary- Secondary Education
     The NAEP 1998 Reading Report Card for the Nation
     By: Patricia L. Donahue, Kristin E. Voelkl, Jay R. Campbell, and John Mazzeo
     Presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 1998 Reading Assessment for the nation. Includes average scores and achievement-level performance for the nation, comparisons with 1994 and 1992 results, and results for subgroups of students.
     The NAEP 1997 Arts Report Card: Eighth-Grade Findings From the National Assessment of Educational Progress
     By: Hilary R. Persky, Brent A. Sandene, and Janice M. Askew
     Describes the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 1997 Arts Assessment of music, theatre, visual arts, and dance. Presents results for the achievement of eighth-graders in music, theatre, and visual arts.
     Do Gatekeeper Courses Expand Education Options?
     By: Robert Atanda
     Explores relationships among enrollment in algebra or a foreign language in eighth grade, level of math or foreign language courses taken in high school, and application to a 4-year college or university.
     The Civic Development of 9th- Through 12th-Grade Students in the United States: 1996
     By: Richard G. Niemi and Christopher Chapman
     Explores relationships between the civic development of high school students and various factors, such as characteristics of students and their environment. Features five dimensions of civic development: political knowledge, attention to politics, political participation skills, political efficacy, and tolerance of diversity.
     Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 1998
     By: Phillip Kaufman, Xianglei Chen, Susan P. Choy, Kathryn A. Chandler, Christopher D. Chapman, Michael R. Rand, and Cheryl Ringel
     Profiles school crime and student safety in the United States, as the first in a series of annual reports produced jointly by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and NCES. Includes data on student and teacher victimization, school crime and violence, violent deaths at school, and school environment.
     Toward Better Teaching: Professional Development in 1993-94
     By: Susan P. Choy and Xianglei Chen
     Examines the content and formats of professional development activities. Presents teachers' rates of participation and time spent in activities on certain topics, school and district support of teachers' participation, and teachers' perceptions of the impact of the activities.
     Status of Education Reform in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: Teachers' Perspectives
     By: Debbie Alexander, Sheila Heaviside, and Elizabeth Farris
     Explores the extent to which teachers report understanding, feeling equipped to apply, and actually implementing standards-based education reforms. Also covers teachers' need for information about education reform activities and teachers' attempts to involve parents in student learning.
     How Old Are America's Public Schools?
     By: Cassandra Rowand
     Presents average age of school buildings, date of last major building renovation, and relationship of building condition to Internet access.
     Internet Access in Public and Private Schools
     By: from The Condition of Education 1998
     Provides percentages of public schools and instructional rooms with Internet access.
     Overview of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools and Districts: School Year 1996-97
     By: Lee Hoffman
     Provides national and state information on the number, type, size, and location of schools and districts. Also includes student race-ethnicity, participation in the Free Lunch Program, and participation in special education services. Contains dropout data for selected states.
Postsecondary Education
     American Indians and Alaska Natives in Postsecondary Education
     By: D. Michael Pavel, Rebecca Rak Skinner, Elizabeth Farris, Margaret Cahalan, John Tippeconnic, and Wayne Stein
     Presents a portrait of American Indians and Alaska Natives involved in all facets of higher education. Describes demographic characteristics, access to and enrollment in higher education, outcomes, financial aid, American Indian staff and faculty, and tribally controlled colleges.
     Credit Production and Progress Toward the Bachelor's Degree: An Analysis of Postsecondary Transcripts for Beginning Students at 4-Year Institutions
     By: Alexander C. McCormick
     Explores relationships among the number of credits earned in the first and subsequent years of enrollment, the pace at which credits are earned, and bachelor's degree attainment.
Other Publications and Funding Opportunities
Customer Service
     1997 Customer Satisfaction Survey Report
     By: Lori Thurgood, Steven Fink, Rita Bureika, Julie Czarnecki Scott, and Sameena Salvucci
Cooperative Systems
     Best Practices for Data Collectors and Data Providers
     By: Melodie Christal, Renee Gernand, Mary Sapp, and Roslyn Korb
     Federal Forecasters Directory 1998
     By: Debra Gerald (editor)
Funding Opportunities
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