ERIC Number: ED360352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of the American Eighth Grader. National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988. Research in Brief.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
The National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) is the first nationally representative longitudinal sample of eighth-grade students in public and private schools. Data provide measures of student performance and allow for the examination of attitudes and activities of eighth graders as they pass through the education system. Overall, 53 percent had none of the six commonly used risk factors, while 20 percent had two or more. A majority had high educational aspirations, but many were not planning to enter high school programs that would lead them to realize their goals. More than two-thirds reported positive feelings about school. Nineteen percent overall and 30 percent of Hispanic, Black, and American Indian students were not proficient in basic mathematics skills for everyday tasks. Fourteen percent of all eighth graders and about 30 percent of students who usually speak a language other than English were not able to perform basic reading tasks. About 18 percent of the students had repeated at least 1 grade. Typical students reported spending four times as many hours each week watching television as they spent doing homework. NELS:88 data will be used for many years to analyze important issues in American education. Follow-ups began in 1990 and will continue at 2-year intervals. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Educational Objectives, Followup Studies, Grade 8, High Risk Students, Homework, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Longitudinal Studies, Mathematics Skills, Minority Group Children, National Surveys, Private Schools, Profiles, Public Schools, Student Characteristics, Television Viewing
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325 ($9, include stock number 065-000-00404-6).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.