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Overview: Purpose

Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) Features

  • Nationally representative, longitudinal study of 10th graders in 2002 and 12th graders in 2004
  • Students followed throughout secondary and postsecondary years
  • Surveys of students, their parents, math and English teachers, and school administrators
  • Student assessments in math (10th & 12th grades) and English (10th grade)
  • High school transcripts available for research on coursetaking

ELS:2002 Focus

  • What are students' trajectories from the beginning of high school into postsecondary education, the workforce, and beyond?
  • What are the different patterns of college access and persistence that occur in the years following high school completion

ELS:2002 Data Collection Waves

  • Base Year (2002) – Available now
  • First Follow-up (2004) – Available now
  • High School Transcripts (2005) – Available now (Restricted-use only)
  • Second Follow-up (2006) – Available now
  • Third Follow-up (2012) – Available now
  • Postsecondary Transcripts (2013) – Available now

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November 2015:

NCES-Barron’s Admissions Competitiveness Index Data files: 1972, 1982, 1992, 2004, 2008, and 2014 are now available. This file has been updated with new 2014 data from Barron’s American College Profiles (2015 edition). It is available as a restricted-use data file. The data is based on 4-year colleges and universities. The Barron’s ratings can be linked to the elementary/secondary and postsecondary longitudinal studies and can be used for the analysis of 4-year colleges and universities using the NCES postsecondary institution IDs. Contact IES Data Security to request access.

August 2015:

Public-use ELS:2002 data are now available for analysis using the PowerStats tool in the NCES DataLab. Visit the DataLab site to create your own tables and run regressions using ELS data!

April 2015:

ELS Postsecondary Education Transcript Study data will be released on April 16th, 2015.

February 2015:

Data files and documentation for the ELS Postsecondary Education Transcript Study are currently being developed. Expect release of data by mid-2015. Most of these data will require a Restricted-use License to access. If you don’t have one, learn how you can get one here.

November 2014:

NCES has released online ELS training modules! Click here to view.

November 2014:

Data preparation and processing for the ELS Postsecondary Education Transcripts are underway. Expect ELS PETS data to be released in mid-2015.