ERIC Number: ED434141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Procedures Guide for Transcript Studies. Working Paper Series.
Alt, Martha Naomi; Bradby, Denise
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collects data, directs analyses, and publishes information concerning the condition of education in the United States. In this role, NCES has collected transcript data since 1982. The power of transcript data, however, can be undermined by the use of differing definitions, conflicting methodologies, and nonstandard procedures in the various studies analyzing these data. This report provides information that should lead to standardized practices and an understanding of the decisions that are made when analyzing these data. The recommendations and guidelines in this guide will be relevant mainly to those who use the student-level transcript files. Chapter 1 introduces transcript data uses. Chapter 2 covers decision rules for keeping or discarding cases in creating an analysis file, and chapters 3 and 4 contain recommendations regarding the main derived variables that researchers may want to use. An appendix lists members of the Professional Work Group that developed the procedures. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Records, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Research Methodology
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 400, Washington, DC 20208-5652; Tel: 202-219-1831.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.