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High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) Features

  • Nationally representative, longitudinal study of 23,000+ 9th graders from 944 schools in 2009
  • Students followed throughout secondary and postsecondary years
  • Surveys of students, their parents, math and science teachers, school administrators, and school counselors
  • A new student assessment in algebraic skills, reasoning, and problem solving for 9th and 11th grades
  • 10 state representative datasets

HSLS:09 Focus

  • What are students' trajectories from the beginning of high school into postsecondary education, the workforce, and beyond?
  • What majors and careers do students decide to pursue when, why, and how?
  • How do students choose science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, majors, and careers?

HSLS:09 Data Collection Waves

  • Base Year (2009) Available now
  • First Follow-up (2012) Available now
  • 2013 Update (2013) Data processing and review
  • High School Transcripts (2013-2014) Data processing and review
  • Second Follow-up Planned for 2016

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June 2015

Data files and documentation for the 2013 Update and High School Transcripts will be released June 29th, 2015.


May 2015

A new report on high school dropouts and stopouts is available from HSLS: High School Dropouts and Stopouts: Demographic Backgrounds, Academic Experiences, Engagement, and School Characteristics (NCES 2015-064).


February 2015

Data files and documentation for the 2013 Update and High School Transcripts are currently being developed. Expect release of data in mid-2015. See what was asked in the 2013 Update questionnaire here.


November 2014

Data preparation and processing for the HSLS high school transcript data are underway. Expect HSLS High School Transcript data to be released in mid-2015.


April 2014

NCES releases online HSLS training modules! Click here to view.


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