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July 31, 2007

NEW NCES REPORT! - To Teach or Not to Teach? Teaching Experience and Preparation Among 1992-1993 Bachelor's Degree Recipients 10 Years After College

Using data from the 2003 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:93/03), this report profiles 1992-93 bachelor’s degree recipients’ experience with K-12 teaching in the subsequent 10 years, as well as their preparation for teaching. The analysis first compares current and former teachers in this cohort on several demographic and educational measures, and contrasts these groups with 1992-93 graduates who never taught. The report provides an overview of teachers’ job satisfaction and, for those not teaching in 2002-03, the main reason for not teaching. The second section looks at graduates’ preparation for teaching, including the key steps of completing a teacher education program, serving as a student teacher, and earning certification. Finally, the report examines the main reasons graduates who never taught gave for deciding against teaching.

To download, view and print the publication as a PDF file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 07:56 PM

July 23, 2007

From IES Newsflash: Information on Courses, Credits, GPA, and NAEP Performance for High School Graduates

NCES' National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has information about the types of courses that high school graduates have taken, credits earned, grade point averages, and the relationship between coursetaking patterns and NAEP achievement. This information is collected every four years via the NAEP High School Transcript Study (HSTS). Analysis of over 20,000 transcripts from schools across the nation provide a wealth of information--to see what's available, start with

Explore the recently published tables from the 2000 HSTS at

The results from the 2005 HSTS are at

Data from the 2005 HSTS are available in the NAEP Data Explorer, so you can perform your own analyses. See

Posted by ronbo at 01:02 PM

From IES Newsflash: Revenues and Expenditures by Public School Districts: School Year 2004-05

This brief publication contains data on revenues and expenditures per pupil made by school districts for school year 2004-05. Median per pupil revenue and expenditure data are reported by state, as well as values at the 5th and 95th percentiles. Data for charter schools are reported separately. There are also discussions on the different types of school districts, and other resources that may be helpful in analyzing school district level data. Revenues and expenditures for the 100 largest school districts are included, as well as federal revenues by program. For total revenues and expenditures for public education made by states and the nation, readers should refer to the state-level "Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2004-05" (NCES 2007-356)

To download, view and print the publication as a PDF file, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 12:57 PM

July 19, 2007

See It in SPSS-16.0

See It in SPSS-16.0

Jul 23, 2007
United States
Begins at: 11 am CT
Duration: 1 hour

The newest version of SPSS is here. Join SPSS for a complimentary sneak preview of SPSS 16.0 on Monday, July 23, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. CT.

SPSS 16.0 was created to be the most powerful, flexible version ever. Attend this complimentary webcast and explore the new ways SPSS 16.0 can meet your needs and support the entire analytical process. Discover both new and updated features, including:

* Improved flexibility with new, Java™-based interface (making SPSS 16.0 available on Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® operating systems*)
* Better data management, including support for Unicode data
* More powerful statistics, including new algorithms — and introducing the new SPSS Neural Networks™ add-on module

SPSS 16.0 also offers:

* Improved programmability with plug-ins for Python®, VB.NET, and R
* Enhanced integration with SPSS Predictive Enterprise Services™
* Improved speed and performance with new multithreaded procedures

This webcast includes a live demonstration and QandA session with SPSS experts. Don’t miss your chance to preview SPSS 16.0.

To register, go to:

Posted by yan at 03:20 PM

July 17, 2007

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - July 17, 2007

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:


3174 American Housing Survey, 1998: Metropolitan Microdata

4542 Network Analysis of Corporate Political Action, 1980 [United States]

4589 American Housing Survey, 2002: Metropolitan Microdata

4592 American Housing Survey, 2004: Metropolitan Microdata

4625 CBS News Monthly Poll #2, September 2006

4680 National Longitudinal Survey of Young Women, 1968-2003

4681 National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women, 1967-2003

4694 Northwest Area Foundation Social Indicators Survey, September-December 2003

4715 Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data [United States]: Arrests by Age, Sex, and Race, 2005

4718 Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data [United States]: Hate Crime Data, 2005

4719 Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data [United States]: Police Employee (LEOKA) Data, 2005

20160 Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data [United States]: Property Stolen and Recovered, 2005

20201 Personal Interview Transcripts for Research on Exploring Citizen Perspectives on Electronic Government-Citizen Relationships, January-May 2005


3874 Mortality Detail and Multiple Cause of Death, 1981

8580 ABC News/Washington Post Poll, April 1986

8596 ABC News/Washington Post Poll, December 1985

8844 ABC News/Washington Post Poll, April 1987

8849 ABC News/Washington Post Poll, August 1987

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 05:29 PM

July 12, 2007

From Census Product Update: Hot Tip - Want The Latest Data?

July 12, 2007

The U.S. Census Bureau will release data from the 2006 American Community Survey (ACS) in August and September. This year's data release marks the first time that group quarters (such as prisons, college dorms, military barracks and nursing homes) are included in the data products. For the full schedule, see the press release or visit our Question & Answer Center and search for "2006 ACS release."

Posted by ronbo at 08:47 PM

July 11, 2007

ICPSR Announces the Launch of MyClass

ICPSR is pleased to announce the launch of MyClass – a mass registration process where faculty and librarians are able to reserve temporary user accounts for a class or training group who will be working with ICPSR data and resources.

Users of MyClass accounts can download and manipulate data without going through the process of establishing permanent MyData accounts. The benefit is that MyClass enables instructors to focus very little classroom time on the registration process and proceed directly to working with data.

Data access is available immediately after creation of MyClass accounts. After a period of time that instructors specify, the temporary accounts will cease to exist.

To create MyClass accounts, you must have a valid MyData account and your institution must be a member of ICPSR.

MyClass account creation can be found by following this link or by using the link found on the OR site under the Access section - Additional links to the MyClass page are found on the ICPSR home page within Quick Links or under the Courses & Learning Tools tab within Instructional Resources.

This is the first phase of what is expected to be multiple phases of MyClass development. Future phases of MyClass might provide temporary collaboration space that enables instructors to place ICPSR resources materials and links into predefined folders, has import/export capabilities, and enables users to create, extract, and save online analysis code, variables, and output into the space. We encourage your input on its development.

Please forward this email to any in your campus community that may find this tool useful for their classroom or training purposes.

Posted by ronbo at 08:30 PM

SPSS Proactive Notification - SPSS Patch availability notice addressing the delete variables issue with SPSS 15.0.1 dated November 22, 2006

SPSS Technical Support announces the availability of the SPSS Patch for Windows users. This patch will work only for English Windows versions of SPSS 15.0.1.

This patch addresses the issue that was previously announced on June 26, 2007 relating to potential data transformation errors after deleting variables from your dataset in SPSS 15.0.1. Please see Resolution 70501 for more details. This patch does not correct previously saved SPSS data files.

For detailed information on the description of this patch, installation instructions, and downloading go to: and click on "Login to Online Tech Support" then enter your user name and password. Select the "SPSS" menu link then on "Patches" followed by "SPSS for Windows". If you have forgotten your user id or password you can use the "Find Password" feature on our Web site. This can be found at:

Posted by ronbo at 04:11 PM

July 09, 2007

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - July 02, 2007

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:


2103 Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) XIII: Financial Statistics of Institutions of Higher Education for Fiscal Year Ending 1978

4355 Measuring Police-Community Interaction Variables in Indianapolis, 1999-2000

4535 Datasets on Charges of Malfeasance, Preference Votes, Government Portfolios, and Characteristics of Legislators, Chamber of Deputies, Republic of Italy, Legislatures I-XI, 1948-1992

4655 ABC News/Good Housekeeping Mother's Day Poll, January 2006

4688 United States Entrepreneurial Assessment, 2004

4724 Southern Rural Access Program (SRAP) Survey of Access to Outpatient Medical Services in the Rural Southeast, 2002-2003

20020 Police-Public Contact Survey, 2005 [United States]

20200 Annual Survey of Jails: Jurisdiction-Level Data, 2004


4642 Change and Stability in Russian Foreign Policy Elite Perspectives: Survey of Russian Foreign Policy Elites in Moscow, 2003-2004

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 06:09 PM

Recent ICPSR updates and additions - July 09, 2007

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:


4552 National Firearms Survey, 1999

4658 ABC News/Stanford University/Time Magazine Environment Poll #1, March 2006


2498 ABC News New York City Mayor Poll, Spring 1997

3838 ABC News Balanced Budget Amendment Poll, March 1995

3841 ABC News Oklahoma City Bombing Poll, April 1995

3842 ABC News Personal Liberty Poll, April 1995

6517 Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1994

6818 ABC News "20/20" Female Body Image Poll, March 1996

8564 ABC News/Washington Post Bitburg Poll, April 1985

8569 ABC News/Washington Post AMAL Hijacking Poll, June 1985

8636 ABC News Drug Abuse Poll, 1986

8852 ABC News National Security Council Poll, November 1986

8888 ABC News/Washington Post Bork Vote Poll, October 1987

8892 ABC News Papal Visit Poll, August 1987

9186 ABC News Poll, January 1989

9239 ABC News Business World Poll, February 1989

9245 ABC News "20/20" Fur Poll, March 1989

9433 ABC News Panama Poll #1, December 1989

9434 ABC News Panama Poll #2, December 1989

9561 ABC News Poll, November 1990

9758 ABC News Poll, July 1991

9883 ABC News Politics Poll #1, March 1992

9931 ABC News Perot Poll #2, July 1992

20200 Annual Survey of Jails: Jurisdiction-Level Data, 2004

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 06:01 PM

Enchanced ICPSR Authentication Allows Off-Campus Download

ICPSR is pleased to inform you that it has enhanced its authentication protocol to enable users at ICPSR Direct institutions to download data from off-campus without using a proxy server. Users can now download data from home and when traveling.

How does it work?

In order to download data from off-campus, all you need to do is log on to the ICPSR Web site from a campus computer. Do this once at the beginning of the semester, and your account is flagged for off-campus access for the next six months.

Every time you log on from a campus computer, it revalidates your account for off-campus downloading, so you really only need to visit your campus once a semester.

How do I start?

Just get on a campus workstation and log on to the ICPSR Web site. If you don't have a MyData account already, you'll need to create one. The rest happens automatically.

How do I validate for off-campus access if I'm already off-campus?

If for some reason you were unable to log on before leaving campus for an extended period of time, just contact ICPSR User Support at or contact your OR directly. Our staff will verify your status with your OR and flag your account so that you are validated for off-campus downloading.

Matthew Richardson, ICPSR

Posted by ronbo at 05:56 PM

Roper Center Newsletter, July 2007

Tip of the month!!
Look out for a new look to the Home Page —

We are creating a new look to our home page. It will be similar to the present look, with just a few added benefits--easily find important links, and a new announcement section! We hope you like it.

Topics at a Glance!--"Leisure & Recreation";start=HS_special_topics?Topic=leisure

What are your vacation plans for 2007? How important are leisure activities to you? How much time do you spend on various leisure activities a day/week? What is your favorite leisure activity? Find out how others feel about this topic and more in this month's Topic at a Glance--Leisure & Recreation!

Based on a new topic each month, TAG 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 "Topics at a Glance!";start=HS_pom_list

Newly spotlighted datasets;start=HS_surveyspot
Updated as of July 2, 2007

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

Title: Kaiser Parents, Children & Media Survey [October,2006]
Source: Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
Methodology: Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, October 2-October 27, 2006 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult parents of children age 2-17 sample of 1,008.
Search for: Searched iPOLL for: Organization: 'Kaiser'; Date: '10/02/2006 to 10/02/2006'

Title: Kaiser Post Katrina Baseline New Orleans Area Survey [September,2006]
Source: Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
Methodology: Conducted by ICR-International Communications Research, September 12-November 13, 2006 and based on personal interviews with a adult residents of New Orleans, Louisiana sample of 1,504. The New Orleans area includes Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes. These four neighboring parishes make up Region 1, as defined by Louisiana 's Department of Health and Hospitals
Search for: Searched iPOLL for: Organization: 'Kaiser'; Date: '09/12/2006 to 09/12/2006'

Additional resources - Web sites with special survey samples

Greenberg Quinlan Research for Democracy Corps Survey of Battleground Districts in 2008

Posted by ronbo at 05:50 PM

IES Newsflash: 13 States Win $62.2 Million in Grants for Longitudinal Data Systems

The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded a total of $62.2 million in grants to 13 state education departments for the design and implementation of statewide longitudinal data systems. These grants are intended to help the states generate and use accurate and timely data to meet reporting requirements, support decision-making, and aid education research. The grants range from $3.2 million to $6 million and extend for three years.

For more information, please visit:

Posted by ronbo at 04:32 PM