ERIC Number: ED399304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Sample Exclusion in NELS:88. Characteristics of Base Year Ineligible Students: Changes in Eligibility Status after Four Years. Technical Report.
Ingels, Steven J.; Quinn, Peggy
The National Education Longitudinal Studies Program (NELS) is a long-term effort that encompasses the educational experience of youth from three decades. This report is based on the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88), a component of the NELS series that began as a national probability sample of eighth grade schools and students in 1988. These students have been followed over time at 2-year intervals, with the most recent followup taking place in 1994. The report is one of a series of methodological monographs that deal with technical issues concerning the analysis of NELS:88 data and the sampling and survey methodology of the study. This methodology monograph addresses issues of student sample exclusion in NELS:88, particularly the problem posed by eighth graders who were declared ineligible for the study owing to factors--physical or mental disabilities, or lack of proficiency in the English language--deemed by their schools to pose a barrier to participation. Chapter 1 explains the exclusion of some students from the survey and discusses the reliability and validity issues exclusion poses. Chapter 2 reviews characteristics of base-year ineligibles, and chapter 3 discusses the eligibility status of the excluded 188 eighth graders in 1992. Chapter 4 considers other potential sources of sample undercoverage, and chapter 5 discusses the need for greater inclusiveness and recommendations to minimize sources of undercoverage. Chapter 6 is a 105-item bibliography. Five appendixes contain three supplementary tables, screening for eligibility reassessment, study eligibility criteria, technical notes, and a glossary. (Contains eight tables, four appendix tables, five figures, and one appendix figure.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Educational Experience, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Grade 8, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Probability, Research Methodology, Sample Size, Sampling, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.