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ERIC Number: ED502723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Eighth Grade: First Findings from the Final Round of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K). First Look. NCES 2008-088
Walston, Jill; Rathbun, Amy; Hausken, Elvira Germino
National Center for Education Statistics
This report uses data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K) to describe the middle school experiences of the cohort. The ECLS-K followed the educational, socioemotional, and physical development of a nationally representative sample of kindergartners in public and private schools in the United States from the fall of 1998 through the spring of 2007. Information was collected from the children, their parents, their teachers, and school administrators. Since the base-year fall and spring kindergarten (1998-99) data collection, sample members participated in five more rounds of data collections: fall and spring of first grade, spring of third grade, spring of fifth grade, and spring of eighth grade.. This report uses data collected from the final round of the ECLS-K when most of the cohort was in the eighth grade and provides information about their academic achievement, school activities, and educational aspirations. This report is intended to provide a snapshot of the eighth-grade round of the ECLS-K and make the data available to encourage more in-depth analysis of the data using more sophisticated statistical methods. It focuses on multiple aspects of the cohort's middle school years in the spring of the 2007. It presents information about children's overall achievement in reading, mathematics, and science; attainment of specific reading proficiencies; attainment of specific mathematics proficiencies; participation in various school-sponsored activities; time spent on homework; and educational aspirations (table 6). Selected findings include: (1) Cohort members in eighth grade whose mothers had higher levels of education had higher scores on measures of reading, mathematics and science compared to their peers whose mothers had lower levels of education; (2) Sixty percent of cohort members in eighth grade reported that they participated in school-sponsored sports, 41 percent in school-sponsored drama or music activities, and 33 percent in a school club; (3) Cohort members in eighth grade spent, on average, about 5 hours a week doing homework: those attending private schools spent more time doing homework, in general, than did their peers in public schools; and (4) Nearly three-quarters of the cohort members in eighth grade expected to complete a bachelor's degree or higher. Two appendixes are included: (1) National Center for Education Statistics; and (2) Standard Error Tables. (Contains 6 footnotes and 13 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Location: United States
IES Funded: Yes