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Education Statistics Quarterly
Vol 6, Issue 4
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Note From NCES
  Note From NCES
     By:Val Plisko, Associate Commissioner, Early Childhood, International, and Crosscutting Studies Division

Discusses the 2003 administrations of TIMSS and PISA , two international assessments in which NCES participates. Describes some of the differences between the assessments, including what countries participate, who is tested, and what is tested.

Featured Topic: International Assessments
     Highlights From the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003

Patrick Gonzales, Juan Carlos Guzmán, Lisette Partelow, Erin Pahlke, Leslie Jocelyn, David Kastberg, and Trevor Williams


Highlights initial findings on the performance of U.S. fourth- and eighth-grade students on the 2003 TIMSS assessment relative to their peers in other countries.

   International Outcomes of Learning in Mathematics Literacy and Problem Solving: PISA 2003 Results From the U.S. Perspective
  By: Mariann Lemke, Anindita Sen, Erin Pahlke, Lisette Partelow, David Miller, Trevor Williams, David Kastberg, and Leslie Jocelyn

Provides major findings from PISA on 15-year-olds' capabilities in mathematics literacy and problem solving in 2003, as well as brief discussions of student performance in reading literacy and science literacy and changes in performance between 2000 and 2003.

   Invited Commentary: The TIMSS 2003 and PISA 2003 Reports: Sustaining Focus and Concern About the State of Mathematics Education in the United States
  By: Joan Ferrini-Mundy, University Distinguished Professor, Mathematics Education, Michigan State University
Early Childhood Education
     Children Born in 2001: First Results From the Base Year of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)
     By: Kristin Denton Flanagan and Jerry West

Presents information on children born in 2001, collected when they were about 9 months of age. Includes information on the characteristics of the children and their families, the early mental and physical skills of the children, their first experiences in child care, and their fathers.

Elementary and Secondary Education
     America’s Charter Schools: Results From the NAEP 2003 Pilot Study
     By: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

Highlights some results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) pilot study of America 's charter schools and their students, conducted as part of the 2003 NAEP grade 4 assessments in reading and mathematics.

     Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results From the 2001–2002 Private School Universe Survey3
     By: Stephen P. Broughman and Kathleen W. Pugh

Presents universe data on private schools, teachers, and students by school size, school level, religious orientation, geographical region, community type, and program emphasis.

     Dropout Rates in the United States: 2001
     By:Phillip Kaufman, Martha Naomi Alt, and Christopher Chapman
     Presents estimates of high school dropout and completion rates in 2001, and includes time series data on high school dropout and completion rates for the period 1972 through 2001. Also examines characteristics of high school dropouts and high school completers in 2001.
     Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2004
     By:Jill F. DeVoe, Katharin Peter, Philip Kaufman, Amanda Miller, Margaret Noonan, Thomas D. Snyder, and Katrina Baum

Draws from a wide range of sources to provide an annual snapshot of specific crime and safety indicators, covering such topics as victimization, fights, bullying, classroom disorder, teacher injury, weapons, and student perceptions of school safety.

Postsecondary Education
     College Persistence on the Rise? Changes in 5-Year Degree Completion and Postsecondary Persistence Rates Between 1994 and 2000
     By: Laura Horn and Rachael Berger

Draws from two longitudinal surveys of beginning postsecondary students to examine whether students who enrolled in postsecondary education in the beginning of the 1990s were more or less likely than those who enrolled in the mid-1990s to complete postsecondary education.

     Staff in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2002, and Salaries of Full-Time Instructional Faculty, 2002–03
     By:Laura G. Knapp, Janice E. Kelly-Reid, Roy W. Whitmore, Shiying Wu, Seungho Huh, Burton Levine, and Susan G. Broyles
     Presents findings from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System winter 2002–03 data collection, which included both primary occupational activity information for staff employed in fall 2002 and salaries and fringe benefits of full-time instructional faculty for academic year 2002–03.

Lifelong Learning

     Participation in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: 2000–01
     By:Kwang Kim, Mary Collins Hagedorn, Jennifer Williamson, and Christopher Chapman
     Provides information on adult participation in formal and informal education, characteristics of participating adults, their educational experiences in college or university degree programs, and reasons for participation in work-related courses.


     State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2003
     By:Barbara Holton, Elaine Kroe, Patricia O’Shea, Cindy Sheckells, Suzanne Dorinski, and Michael Freeman

Contains data on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia , including these agencies' governance, collections and services, service outlets and staff, and revenue and expenditures.

Crosscutting Statistics
     Trends in Educational Equity of Girls & Women: 2004
     By:Catherine E. Freeman

Assembles a series of indicators that examine the extent to which males and females have access to the same educational opportunities, avail themselves equally of them, perform at similar levels throughout schooling, succeed at similar rates, and reap the same benefits.

     Educational Attainment of High School Dropouts 8 Years Later
     By:David Hurst, Dana Kelly, and Daniel Princiotta

Examines the educational attainment of a sample of 1988 eighth-graders who had dropped out of high school at least once between eighth grade and the year 2000.

     Digest of Education Statistics 2003
     By:Thomas D. Snyder, Alexandra G. Tan, and Charlene M. Hoffman

Provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school.



     National Household Education Surveys Program: 2001: Methodology Report
     By: Mary Jo Nolin, Jill Montaquila, Patricia Nicchitta, Mary Collins Hagedorn, and Chris Chapman

Describes the purposes of the National Household Education Surveys Program, and includes an overview of its survey topics. Presents detailed information on the 2001 surveys, including questionnaire design, sample design, and data collection.

Data Products
     Longitudinal School District Fiscal-Nonfiscal File, Fiscal Years 1990 to 2000
     CCD National Public Education Financial Survey: Fiscal Year 2002, Revised
Other Publications
     Forum Guide to Building a Culture of Quality Data: A School and District Resource
     By:National Center for Education Statistics
     How Does Technology Affect Access in Postsecondary Education? What Do We Really Know?
     By:National Postsecondary Education Cooperative Working Group on Access-Technology
     Handbooks Online—Version 2
     By:ESP Solutions Group and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Data Quality Support Project, and Beth Young
     Mini-Digest of Education Statistics 2003
     By:Thomas D. Snyder
     National Institute of Statistical Sciences/Education Statistics Services Institute Task Force on Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Indicators: Final Report
     By:National Institute of Statistical Sciences and the Education Statistics Services Institute
     1999–2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) Data File User’s Manual
     By:Steven C. Tourkin, Kathleen Wise Pugh, Sharon E. Fondelier, Randall J. Parmer, Cornette Cole, Betty Jackson, Toni Warner, Gayle Weant, and Elizabeth Walter
Training and Funding Opportunities
     The AERA Grants Program
     The NAEP Secondary Analysis Grant Program
     AIR Grants Program
     NPEC/AIR Focused Grants

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