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Secondary Analysis Lab

Useful Data Archives
for Secondary Analysis Research


Crime and Safety Survey
(publicly available)

Sample: Elementary & Secondary Schools; surveys have been done from the perspectives of students, teachers, schools/principals, and school districts.

Overview: Currently, two surveys are being conducted on a regular basis by NCES: the School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), a survey of public schools/principals, and the School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), a survey of students ages 12 through 18.


Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002
(publicly available)

Sample: High School Sophomores

Overview: This report draws on ELS:2002 data collected in 2012 to describe the outcomes of the cohort at about age 26, approximately 10 years after they were high school sophomores. These outcomes reflect several key life course markers of the transition into early adulthood, including high school and postsecondary educational attainment, entering the labor market and starting a career, marriage and family formation, student debt and aid, and the perceived impact of the college experience. The First Look tables provide national estimates for these phenomena, explored in terms of differences by sophomores’ demographic, social, and academic characteristics.


National Assessment of Adult Literacy
(publicly available)

Sample: Nationally representative, 16 rs old +,1992, 2003
Overview: The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older. Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NAAL is the nation’s most comprehensive measure of adult literacy since the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). In 2003, over 19,000 adults participated in the national and state-level assessments, representing the entire population of U.S. adults who are age 16 and older, most in their homes and some in prisons from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 1,200 inmates of federal and state prisons were assessed in order to provide separate estimates of literacy for the incarcerated population.


National Household Education Surveys Program
(publicly available)

Sample: early childhood to school age through adulthood 1991-current

_Overview: _ The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the U.S. population and offers researchers, educators, and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. The NHES surveys cover learning at all ages, from early childhood to school age through adulthood. The most recent data collection in 2012 consisted of two surveys: Parent and Family Involvement in Education and Early Childhood Program Participation.


National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
(publicly available)

_Sample:_A nationally-representative sample of over 12,000 young men and women ages 14-21 surveyed in 1979, were re-interviewed annually through 1994, and as of today (2012)

Overview: The primary focus of the study is work and employment, but the survey includes many topics beyond labor force involvement, covering issues such as family developments and relationships, health, social welfare receipt, educational experiences, personality characteristics and attitudes. Some measures have been included consistently from year to year; others have been used more sporadically.


National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Mature Women
(publicly available)

Sample: Mature women was a group of women in their 30s and early 40s, many of whom were reentering the workforce and balancing the roles of homemaker, mother and labor force participants. The NLS of Young women was comprised of women in their teen and early 20s who were completing school, making initial career and job decisions, and starting families.1960’s to present (followed for 3 decades)

Overview: These cohorts were selected because each faced important labor market decisions, which were of special concern to policy makers.and attitudes. Some measures have been included consistently from year to year; others have been used more sporadically.


National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Men and Older Men
(publicly available)

Sample: Young Men, ages 14-24, Mature Men 45-59 when first interviewed in 1966. 1966-1981, 1966-1990

Overview: YM—educational experiences including a separate survey of respondents’ high schools, training investments, and career choices, as well as marital and fertility histories. Their work history is also followed, allowing for research on areas such as returns to schooling, effects of teenage unemployment, the transition from school to work, job search, racial wage differentials, and earnings mobility and inequality. MM— Data collection focused on topics such as work and nonwork experiences, retirement planning, health conditions, insurance coverage, and the ways in which respondents spent their leisure time. The survey also tracked labor market decisions such as middle-age job changes, retirement expectations and experiences, and reentry to the labor market after initial retirement.


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