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October 31, 2005

NCES: An Examination of the Conditions of School Facilities Attended by 10th-Grade Students in 2002

This new NCES report presents descriptive information from the Facilities Checklist that was part of the first year collection of the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002). In 2002, observers completed a checklist for all ELS:2002 public and private schools attended by the 10th-grade student sample. The report provides national estimates on the number of public and private 10th-grade schools that have certain characteristics related to appearance, safety and security, noise levels, and neighborhood conditions. It also presents the findings in terms of the numbers of 10th-grade public and private school students who attend schools with those same characteristics.

Major findings include:
· Nationally, 66 percent of 10th-grade schools had at least one unacceptable physical or structural condition related to cleanliness, vandalism, and/or disrepair.
· Thirty (30) percent of 10th-grade schools used security guards, 4 percent used metal detectors, 18 percent had security cameras, and 19 percent had fencing around the entire school.
· Most schools were located in neighborhoods that were generally perceived to be clean and safe, for example, 15 percent of schools were located in neighborhoods where trash was present.

Few differences were detected between students of varying socioeconomic levels, with one notable exception—students from the lowest socioeconomic quarter were more likely than students from the highest quarter to attend schools where graffiti was a problem (8 vs. 4 percent, respectively).

To download, view and print the report as a pdf file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 07:39 PM

NCES: Fourth-Grade Students Reading Aloud: NAEP 2002 Special Study of Oral Reading

This new NCES report discusses findings about fourth-grade students' oral reading from a special study that was part of the 2002 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment. The results suggest that the three separate components of oral reading ability (accuracy, rate, and fluency) are very much related to each other and to reading comprehension, as measured by the main NAEP assessment. "Fluent" readers in this study were likely to read higher percentages of words accurately, to read the passage at a faster rate, and to have scored higher, on average, on the NAEP reading assessment than "nonfluent" readers. More than one-half of the students read the study passage fluently, with a fairly high degree of accuracy, and at a rate of at least 105 words per minute. However, a group of students whose average scale score and labored oral reading performance suggested they were struggling also demonstrated, on average, the lowest performance on measures of accuracy, rate, and fluency.

Learn more from the executive summary and major findings at:

Download, view and print the report as a pdf file at:

Posted by ronbo at 07:36 PM

October 27, 2005

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - October 27, 2005

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:


4153 Central and Eastern Eurobarometer 1990-1997: Trends CEEB 1-8

4214 Japanese General Social Survey (JGSS), 2002

4263 Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2004

4264 Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2004

4283 National Center for Early Development and Learning Multi-State Study of Pre-Kindergarten, 2001-2003

4289 Eurobarometer 62.0: Standard European Trend Questions and Sport, October-November 2004

4301 Community Partnerships for Older Adults (CPOA) Program Survey of Older Adults, 2002 [United States]

4313 ABC News/WASHINGTON POST Pre-Inaugural Monthly Poll, January 2005

4349 National Health Interview Survey, 2004


2044 Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) IX: Institutional Characteristics, 1974-1975

4107 Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2003.2, May 2003

You can also view a list of all studies added and updated in the last
ninety days by visiting the ICPSR Web site at

Posted by ronbo at 03:50 PM

October 24, 2005

NCES: State Education Data Profiles

Search for statewide information in elementary/secondary education, postsecondary education, public libraries and selected demographics for all states in the U.S. You can select up to 4 states to compare at a time. In addition to getting statewide data you will also get data on U.S. averages and the ability to dynamically graph the results. The data used for this data tool comes from many NCES sources and has just been updated with 2003 public library information and 2004-05 postsecondary education information.

To use this data tool, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 05:44 PM

October 21, 2005

NCES: Independent Undergraduates: 1999-2000

NCES has just released the report, 'Independent Undergraduates:1999-2000.' This report provides a comprehensive look at independent students who were enrolled in postsecondary education in the United States and Puerto Rico in 1999–2000. Independent students are assumed to be financially self-sufficient and no longer dependent upon their parents to support them or finance their education. Many independent students work full time and attend community colleges or other postsecondary institutions that are geared toward career training in specialized fields such as health, technology, and business. Working, as many hours as they
do, independent students are more likely to enroll in postsecondary institutions part time. They are less likely than dependent students to apply for financial aid, and are less likely to apply for it on time, or before the typical May 1 deadline for state and institutional aid. Among those who do apply for aid, independent students are less likely than dependent students to receive state and institutional grants, more likely to receive Pell Grants and, although they are less likely to take out student loans, the average amount they borrow is larger. Being married or having children are characteristics common to independent students, and while being married can raise one’s income, having children can increase one’s living expenses considerably.

To download, view and print the report as a pdf file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 09:04 PM

October 20, 2005

NCES: Report on State Library Agencies

NCES has just released 'The State Library Agencies: Fiscal Year 2004' (NCES 2006-303). This report provides a statistical profile of state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for state fiscal year 2004. The report includes information on governance, collections and services, service outlets and staff, revenue, and expenditures. The supplemental tables provide comprehensive state-level data. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies Survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The report and the supplemental tables can be found at:

For more information about this and other library surveys, please go to the Library Statistics Program home page at:

Posted by ronbo at 10:36 PM

NCES: New NAEP Release: Reading and Mathematics Results for Grades 4 and 8

National and state-by-state results of the 2005 Nation’s Report Card in reading and mathematics, detailing fourth and eighth grade achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were just released.

Findings since the previous assessment in 2003 show:

* Fourth-grade students scored higher in both reading and mathematics.

* Eighth-graders scored higher in mathematics, but reading scores decreased.

* Many of the differences in achievement between Black or Hispanic students and their White counterparts have narrowed.

* Most states did not see a change in reading scores for 4th or 8th graders.

* Thirty-three states and jurisdictions showed an increase in 4th-grade mathematics scores.

Full results for the nation and states are available at the new initial release website at:

Also now available is the new NAEP Data Explorer (NDE) where you can create statistical tables and graphics to help you find answers from all NAEP assessments. Explore the results of decades of assessment of students' academic performance, as well as information about factors that may be related to their learning. To use this powerful new tool please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 10:31 PM

October 19, 2005

Roper Center Data Acquisitions Update, September 2005

Click here for a list of new additions to the Roper Center data archive. By following the links associated with each study listed, you will find documentation files (PDF) for these studies. Stanford University Libraries maintains a membership to the Roper Archive and Stanford faculty, staff, and students can order data from the Archive. To request specific data files, click on the "Data Services - Roper" link for information on ordering Roper data.

This month the PDF contains:

• 6 new ABC News and Washington Post Polls conducted from January to July, 2005.

• 3 new Los Angeles Times Poll conducted in 2004 and 2005 including the Los Angeles Mayoral Election Exit poll May 17, 2005.

These notices have been archived on the Roper Center website at:

Posted by ronbo at 03:28 PM

October 18, 2005

NCES: Advanced Studies Seminar on the Use of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Database

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) database. ECLS-B is designed to support research on a wide range of topics pertaining to young children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development across multiple contexts (e.g., home, nonparental care, and school entry). This seminar is open to advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide and to researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from federal, state, and local education and human services agencies and professional associations.

The ECLS-B training seminar will be conducted from January 11-13, 2006 in Washington, DC. Support for travel and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants. The application deadline for the seminar is November 18, 2005.

For more information, please visit the NCES website at:

Posted by ronbo at 06:12 PM

October 17, 2005

NCES: NAEP Mathematics and Reading 2005 Results Release Scheduled October 19

The Nation's Report Card for mathematics and reading 2005 assessments will be released October 19 at 10:00 AM EDT. Find out how fourth and eighth graders in your state and the nation are performing, and how that performance has changed since the last NAEP assessments in 2003 and over the past decade.

* Until the release time, check information in New & Noteworthy on NCES' NAEP website:

View the results at the time of release at the new release website,

* Check back for more information on viewing a live webcast of the release from Washington, DC.

* Join NCES Associate Commissioner Peggy Carr at 3:00 PM EDT on October 19 for a StatChat--a live web chat about the results.

* In anticipation of the 2005 results, find out how your state has
performed on past NAEP assessments using NAEP State Profiles:

Posted by ronbo at 02:28 PM

October 12, 2005

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - October 12, 2005

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data
archive along with a list of released data collections that have been


4211 Impact of Alcohol or Drug Use and Incarceration on Child Care in Santa Clara County, California, 2003

4212 Outcome Evaluation of the Crossroad to Freedom House and Peer I Therapeutic Communities in Colorado, 2000-2002

4240 Washington Post Metro District of Columbia Baseball Poll, #2, December 2004

4248 ACTIVE (Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly), 1999-2001 [United States]

4275 Education Longitudinal Study (ELS), 2002: Base Year

4290 Monitoring of Federal Criminal Sentences, 2003

4296 Great Plains Population and Environment Data: Social and Demographic Data, 1870-2000 [United States]

You can also view a list of all studies added and updated in the last
ninety days by visiting the ICPSR Web site at

Posted by ronbo at 03:21 PM

NCES: Digest of Education Statistics, 2004 Now On-Line

NCES has just released the Digest of Education Statistics, 2004. This publication provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. Topics in the Digest include: the number of schools and colleges; teachers; enrollments; graduates; educational attainment; finances; federal funds for education; employment and income of graduates; libraries; technology; and international comparisons.

To view the web enabled version of this document, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 12:44 PM

October 07, 2005

NCES: A Profile of the American High School Senior in 2004

This NCES report, 'A Profile of the American High School Senior in 2004: A First Look. Initial Results From the First Follow-up of the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002),' presents initial findings from the first follow-up of the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002). ELS:2002 is the fourth major secondary school longitudinal study sponsored by NCES, closely reflecting the research purposes and design of its three predecessor studies, NLS-72, HS&B, and NELS:88. ELS:2002 began with a nationally representative sample of 10th-graders in 2002. In the first follow-up, this sophomore cohort was studied 2 years later (2004), and the sample freshened to provide a representative sample of 12th-graders. This ED TAB report summarizes the demographic and educational characteristics of the high school senior class of 2004. It also reports on the senior cohort’s mathematics achievement, their expectations for their future educational attainment, the importance to them of various institutional characteristics in choosing a college, and their values and plans.

Major findings:
About 69 percent of the senior cohort expected to complete college with a 4-year college degree.

Among the college-bound senior cohort in 2004, a greater percentage of Blacks (54 percent) than Whites (30 percent) rated low expenses as a very important factor in their postsecondary institutional choice.

To download, view and print the report as a pdf file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 03:53 PM

October 06, 2005

NCES 19th Annual Management Information Systems Conference, 2006 (MIS 2006)

Come participate in the 19th annual MIS Conference to meet and share experiences with other MIS education staff from states, local education agencies, the Federal Government, and various associations. Learn from conference sessions and events on tried, true, and emerging MIS issues; participate in roundtables; and see demonstrations on current issues in the field. There is no cost to register and attend this event which will take place in Orlando Florida, February 22-24 2006.

For more information, to register, and to submit a session proposal
on-line, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 02:15 PM

October 03, 2005

Roper Center Newsletter, October 2005

Tip of the month!!

* Roper Center Members meet and greet the newest service available to you from the Center: RoperExpress
on-demand access to datasets directly from iPOLL or the Catalog of Holdings! Check it out!

Public Opinion Matters!--"Iraq";start=HS_special_topics?Topic=iraq

Was the war with Iraq a mistake or the wrong thing to do? Do you approve of the way Bush is handling the war? Should we increase or decrease the level of our troops in Iraq, find out the answers to these questions and more in this month's POM--Iraq.

Based on a new topic each month, POM offers a generous free sampling of related polling data and details of survey datasets held by the Roper Center, along with articles previously published in Public Perspective magazine.

Experience the depth of information housed in the Roper Center archives - The complete list of "Public Opinion Matters!" topics.;start=HS_pom_list

Newly spotlighted datasets;start=HS_surveyspot
Updated as of October 1, 2005

Special studies of interest recently added to iPOLL. The database now contains nearly a half million questions!

Title: Transatlantic Trends 2005 [May,2005]

Source: Survey by German Marshall Fund of the US and the Compagnia di San Paolo, Italy, with additional support from the Luso-American Foundation, and Fundacion BBVA.

Methodology: Conducted by TNS Opinion and Social Institutes, May 30-June 17, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 1,000. Interviews were conducted in the US by Leger Marketing of Montreal. Parallel surveys were conducted in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, and Turkey. All fieldwork was coordinated by TNS Opinion and Social Institute.

Search for:

Topic: 'diplomacy'; Date: '05/30/2005 to 05/30/2005'

Title: Health Care Costs Survey [April,2005]

Source: Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health, USA Today.

Methodology: Conducted by ICR-International Communications Research, April 25- June 9, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 1,531.

Search for: Organization: Kaiser; Date: '04/25/2005 to 04/25/2005 '

Title: CASA 2005 Attitudes on Substance Abuse Survey [April,2005]


Methodology: Conducted by National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, April 7-June 4, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult parents of teenagers (age 12-17) sample of 829. Interviews were conducted by QEV Analytics. A parallel survey of 1000 teens age 12-17 was conducted. All of the 829 parents interviewed were conducted in households where the parents gave consent for their teen to be interviewed even though the teen interview may not have been completed. 282 of the parents interviewed also had a teen from the same household interviewed.

Search for: Keyword: 'drug%'; Date: '04/07/2005 to 04/07/2005'

Title: Beyond 50 Survey [June,2004]


Methodology: Conducted by AARP, June 3-July 11, 2004 and based on telephone interviews with a national aduts age 50 & over including oversamples of african-americans and hispanics sample of 1,005. Separate oversamples of African-Americans and Hispanics were interviewed which brought the totals to 252 African-Americans and 246 Hispanics. Results were weighted to be representative of a national adult population age 50 and over. Interviews were conducted by Roper Public Affairs & Media Group of NOP World.

Search for: Organization: AARP; Date: '06/03/2004 to 06/03/2004'

Title: Attitudes Toward The Public Schools Survey [June, 2005]

Source: Survey by Phi Delta Kappa.

Methodology: Conducted by Gallup Organization, June 9-June 26, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 1,000.

Search for:

Topic: 'education'; Organization: 'Gallup'; Date: '06/09/2005 to 06/09/2005'

Title: Patriot Act Survey [August,2005]


Methodology: Conducted by Center for Survey Research and Analysis, University of Connecticut, August 4-August 22, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 800.

Search For:

Keyword: 'patriot'; Date: '08/04/2005 to 08/04/2005'

Additional resources - Web sites with special survey samples

Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust Employer Health Benefits 2005 Annual Survey

Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health Survey of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

AARP Massachusetts End of Life Survey Survey of AARP members age 50 and older in Massacusetts

News Worthy

The NORC-General Social Surveys 1972-2004 is here! When archiving is complete, one copy of the CD containing the data files, SPSS portable file, and electronic codebook will be sent to the representative at each member institution. There is no need to place an order.

Posted by ronbo at 02:36 PM