Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002)

The ELS:2002 is a longitudinal survey that will monitor the transitions of a national sample of young people as they progress from tenth grade to, eventually, the world of work. ELS:2002 will obtain information not just from students and their school records, but also from students’ parents, their teachers, their librarians and the administrators of their schools. ELS collected data from students, parents, school administrators, teachers. Postsecondary transcript collections were part of the data collection. Reports related to postsecondary transcript data can be found at Additionally, ELS:2002 also collected high school transcript data including information that is contained on the student high school record—i.e., courses taken while attending secondary school; information on credits earned; year and term a specific course was taken; and, final grades. When available, information on class rank and standardized scores is also collected. Once collected, information (e.g., course name, credits earned, course grades) is transcribed and standardized (e.g., credits and credit hours standardized to a common metric) and can be linked back to the student’s questionnaire or assessment data.

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Maintainer U.S. Department of Education (ED)/National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
Last Updated August 27, 2021, 22:52 (UTC)
Created November 25, 2019, 22:33 (UTC)