Student-level files are currently available for the Base Year (2009), First Follow-up (2012), 2013 Update collection (2013), High School Transcripts (2013–2014), Second Follow-up (2016) and a school-level file is available for the Base Year. A supplementary geocodes file is available (restricted-use only) with residential geographic information in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2016.
Which file should you use for your research?
See our HSLS Variable List (934 KB) to determine which file(s) have the variables you’re looking for.
How do you get the data?
Public-use data is available for immediate download, here: http://nces.ed.gov/onlinecodebook
Restricted-use data is available under restricted-use license. Find out more about how to obtain a restricted-use license, here: http://nces.ed.gov/statprog/instruct.asp
We also recommend reviewing the documentation for each data file, which can answer many of your questions.