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A nationally representative, longitudinal study of 9th graders who will be followed through their secondary and postsecondary years, with an emphasis on understanding students' trajectories from the beginning of high school into postsecondary education, the workforce, and beyond. What students decide to pursue when, why, and how are crucial questions for HSLS:09, especially, but not solely, in regards to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, majors, and careers.

The HSLS:09 focuses is on how students plan and make decisions about postsecondary options.

As with past NCES studies, HSLS:09 will survey students, parents, teachers, and school administrators and will include a student assessment. However, there are several aspects to HSLS:09 that are new to the NCES longitudinal study program:

Constructs highlighted for inclusion into the HSLS:09 survey instruments include: