Information About The Level Of Academic Preparation Essay

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Data Sources
For the purpose of this report, transcript data from ELS:2002 was used to provide nationally representative information about the level of academic preparation that the high school graduating class of 2003-04 had when leaving high school. This data was collected by a study that was conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Since the base-year interview in 2002, sample members have participated in two follow-up surveys. The first took place in 2004 when most student participants were high school seniors. The second took place two years after graduation in 2006. Additional follow-up data included information related to postsecondary education, labor force participation, family life, and civic engagement. Using these second follow-up data, the report focuses specifically on the transition to higher education for the high school sophomore class of 2002 (Bozick, Lauff and Wirt, 2007).
Sample
This study employs data sets from ELS: 2002, which documented the educational status of a nationally representative sample of 10th grade students, as they progress through high school and into postsecondary education or the workforce. It follows a two-stage sampling process: Schools with 10th graders were initially stratified into 8 regions, 3 types of urbanity, and 3 school controls. Schools that participated in the sampling were randomly selected with a probability in proportion to their size. In the first stage, each school provided sophomore
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