ERIC Number: ED308215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-22
Reference Count: N/A
The National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988: Data Collection Results and Analysis Potential.
Prindle, Carol; Rasinski, Kenneth A.
The National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) is the most recent in a series of longitudinal studies conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics at the United States Department of Education. The NELS:88 began with a baseline assessment of school experiences, with the purpose of relating these experiences to current academic achievement and to later achievement in school and in life. A total of 1,201 schools from 50 states participated in the base-year study. Out of 29,884 students selected, 92.9% responded. Out of 26,410 parents selected, 90.5% responded. The unique features of the NELS:88 and how researchers can use these new features to study educational policy and the effects of education on children are the subjects of this paper. One special feature of the NELS:88 is that it focuses on eighth graders, thus creating a longitudinal data base that will enable researchers to assess the effects of elementary, middle, and junior high school experiences on high school performance and school completion. Both self-reports and teacher and administrator reports are assessed as well as the student's family and home environment. Special sampling procedures and follow-up methods are discussed. Policymakers will be particularly interested in data concerning primary-to-secondary transition patterns, school effectiveness, dropouts, parental involvement, equity of education across minority groups and for at-risk students, cognitive growth, ability grouping and tracking, needs of language minorities, mathematics and science programs, humanities and history programs, and programs for gifted and talented students. Five figures and one data table are included. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.