A Researcher’s Guide to the NAEP High School Transcript Study
The NAEP High School Transcript Study (HSTS) produces a wealth of information for researchers interested in the academic records of the high school graduates and how these records are related to their performance on NAEP assessments
In this section, you will find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) chosen to address some of the questions or concerns you may have as a researcher,
To examine the transcript study in greater detail, explore the following
NAEP Data Explorer for HSTS, a web-based tool that allows users to generate tables from the 2005 High School Transcript Study;
Tabulations Report, web-based static tables providing comparative data on credits earned and demographics beginning with 1982 graduates;
Additional Transcript Information, NCES website that provides links to more research and information on the Transcript and NAEP studies and other NCES transcript studies; or
User’s Guide and Technical Reports, documents (describing sampling, data collection, data and reporting procedures) covering the 2005 High School Transcript Study and earlier transcript studies in PDF format that may be downloaded. Look in the Technical/Methodological section For the 2005 User's Guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
What tools are available to help me access the data?
For the first time, researchers will be able to conduct interactive analyses on the NAEP HSTS data using a web-based analysis tool. The 2005 NAEP Transcript Data Explorer (NTDE) is an adaptation of the NAEP Data Explorer and is being made available in two stages. In the first stage, the NTDE will include data for graduates who participated in both the NAEP assessment and in the HSTS. Researchers will be able to analyze the relationship between NAEP mathematics and science scores and the HSTS variables such as credits earned, grade point average, and courses taken. Phase 2 will be available in 2007 and will provide a full range of HSTS variables to explore.
Do I need permission to use the data in the NAEP Transcript Data Explorer?
No. The data in the NAEP Transcript Data Explorer are public-use data; however, users are cautioned and must agree not to use the tool to attempt to identify individual schools or students.
What data are available?
- The NAEP Transcript Data Explorer contains data from 2005;
- Restricted-use microdata are available for secondary analysis;
- There have been a number of Transcript Studies conducted by NCES that have been included in NAEP Transcript analyses and reports: the 1982 High School and Beyond; the 1987, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2000, and 2005 NAEP Transcript Studies; and
- Tabulations Reports, web-based static tables providing comparative data on credits earned and demographics from 1982 graduates and beyond.
Do funding opportunities exist for the secondary analysis of data?
The Institute of Education Sciences invites applications each year to its grant program for secondary analyses of the nationally representative student data collected by The Nation's Report Card at grades 4, 8, and 12, and the NAEP High School Transcript Studies (HSTS).
Is training in NAEP data analysis available?
Yes. A number of training opportunities are available to learn how to analyze NAEP and HSTS data.