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Data Files

The U.S. TALIS data are made available in three versions, each of which includes school and teacher data. The differences between these versions is summarized in the table below and described in detail below it. At the bottom of this page is a description of data analysis resources that are available for analyzing these data files.

Version U.S. data for international variables Other participating education systems’ data for international variables Data for U.S.-specific variables Restricted data (e.g., access to CCD ID)
1. TALIS International U.S. data files Yes Yes No No
2. TALIS U.S. national public-use data files Yes No Yes No
3. TALIS U.S. national restricted-use data files Yes No Yes Yes

The TALIS 2013 national data for the United States exist in the following three forms:

U.S. international data files, which are part of the TALIS international database and are directly comparable to that of other participating education systems in the study. These files allow for comparisons of the United States with any of the other education systems participating in TALIS in virtually all respects. These files are available from the OECD at Note that these data files do not include the U.S.-specific adaptations or additions made to the U.S. versions of the questionnaires.

U.S. national public-use data files, which include all variables in the U.S. international data files and also the U.S.-specific variables that are not part of the U.S. international data files (‘e.g., professional development opportunities related to Common Core standards). U.S. national public-use data files are available from the National Center for Education Statistics by download from the “Data Products” link at the TALIS NCES “Publications and Products” webpage at Resources available include:

  • SPSS data files
  • SAS data files and format files
  • Codebooks
  • ASCII fixed-format data files
  • File layouts for ASCII fixed-format data files
  • Value Labels for ASCII fixed-format data files

U.S. national restricted-use data files, which can only be obtained by completing a restricted-use license agreement with NCES. The restricted-use data files are provided only on CD. Compared to the U.S. public-use data files, restricted-use datasets contain two additional variables: NCESSCH (the NCES unique public school identification code) and PPIN (the private school’s unique identification number). These two variables allow users with restricted-use licenses to link TALIS school ID numbers to the school ID numbers as they appear in the publicly available Common Core of Data (CCD) or the Private School Universe Survey (PSS). Because these data can reveal the identities of participating U.S. schools, the restricted-use data files are only made available to those who obtain a NCES restricted-use data license. Directions on how to obtain the license can be found at

Data Analysis Resources

To help users explore TALIS data without having to master the technical complexities of the data files, NCES has developed a relatively simple, interactive online data-analysis tool: the International Data Explorer (IDE). The IDE allows users to explore results, create tables, charts, and maps, and conduct statistical analyses with all of the international variables for all participating education systems along with the U.S.-specific variables.

The TALIS data can also be analyzed in SPSS using a stand-alone program known as the International Database Analyzer (IDB). The IDB Analyzer is available at Note that the IDB Analyzer's default is to use files from the international database. However, it is possible to use the IDB Analyzer to conduct analyses with the U.S.-specific variables if SPSS versions of the TALIS U.S. national public-use data files or the TALIS U.S. national restricted-use data files are uploaded to the IDB Analyzer or if U.S-specific variables are merged to a file from the international database.