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Title: Mathematics, Foreign Language, and Science Coursetaking and the NELS:88 Transcript Data
Description: This working paper describes ongoing efforts to create and test variables measuring students’ high-school coursetaking in mathematics, foreign language, and science using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) transcript file. The main goal of this working paper, and a companion working paper, English Coursetaking and the NELS:88 Transcript Data (NCES 2003-02), was to construct measures of coursetaking behavior that extend the historical approach of simply counting credits. Because the level, or the difficulty, of coursework is often ignored in measures of credits completed, the purpose of the research efforts described in these working papers was to create “pipeline” measures that in some fashion capture the breath and depth of the students’ coursetaking histories.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: January 2003
Web Release: February 20, 2003
Print Release:
Publication #: NCES 200301
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Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Working Paper
  Working Papers provide preliminary analysis of substantive, technical, and methodological issues. They are works in progress that are presented to promote the sharing of valuable work experience and knowledge. These papers have not undergone a rigorous review for consistency with NCES standards.
Survey/Program Areas: High School Transcript Studies (HST)
National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Working Paper, please contact:
Elise Christopher.