ERIC Number: ED312311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
School, Individual and Item Nonresponse in the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) Base Year Survey.
Ingels, Steven J.; And Others
Nonresponse issues are investigated for the base year (1988) survey of the United States Department of Education's National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88), a national probability sample of middle schools and eighth-grade students in the spring of 1988. The total eighth-grade enrollment for the NELS:88 sample of schools was 203,002; of these, 10,583 students were excluded due to limitations in their language proficiency or to mental or physical disabilities. As in the 1980 High School and Beyond (HSB) Study, the NELS:88 sample included about 70% initial selections and 30% replacement schools. NELS:88 non-respondents were 51.96% male and 43.07% female, with the gender of 4.96% not indicated, while NELS:88 respondents were 49.8% male and 50.2% female. Part 1 of this paper gives a brief overview of the study and its sample design, and outlines the main non-response issues, namely: (1) school and individual ineligibility for the study; (2) unit non-response, i.e., the fact that some schools and individuals declined to participate; and (3) item non-response in the student questionnaires and cognitive tests. Part 2 describes the methodology used for adjusting school level non-response in the NELS:88. Actual estimators are given, along with a method for evaluating the estimators and a method for deriving the estimate of response propensities for each school. Part 3 reports the results of an item non-response analysis of the student questionnaire data and the cognitive tests. Some comparisons are offered with non-response in the first year of the HSB survey. (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Estimation (Mathematics), Evaluation Methods, Grade 8, Longitudinal Studies, Middle Schools, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Sampling, School Surveys, Testing Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.