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National Assessment of Educational Progress: 1987 High School Transcript Study (ICPSR 2256)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a federally-funded, ongoing, periodic assessment of educational achievement in the various subject areas and disciplines taught in the nation's schools. Since 1969, NAEP has gathered information about levels of educational achievement of 9-, 13-, and 17-year-olds across the country. In the fall of 1987, high school transcripts were collected from 34,140 students attending 433 schools that had previously been sampled for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 1986. The sample of students for the transcript study included both handicapped and nonhandicapped students who in 1985-1986 were enrolled in the 11th grade and/or were 17 years old. Approximately half of the sampled students had participated in NAEP assessments in 1986. The 1987 High School Transcript Study also collected school-level information such as course lists, graduation requirements, and the definition of units of credit and grades. Student information included sex, grade level, age, graduation status, and race/ethnicity. The following additional information was gathered for handicapped students: handicapping condition, severity of cognitive, psychosocial, and physical limitation, reading and mathematics grade level (teacher estimate), placement in mainstream, resource, and self-contained classes, and receipt of selected services.

Series: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Course Code Data - Download All Files (10.666 MB)
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DS2:  Course Offering Data - Download All Files (16.939 MB)
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DS3:  School-Level Data - Download All Files (10.591 MB)
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DS4:  Student-Level Data - Download All Files (29.754 MB)
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DS5:  Special Education Student Data - Download All Files (13.869 MB)
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DS6:  Transcript Data - Download All Files (86.74 MB)
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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS: 1987 HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT STUDY. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [producer], 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02256.v1

Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02256.v1


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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   academic achievement, comprehension, disabilities, educational testing, elementary school students, high school students, junior high school students, knowledge level, learning, performance based assessment, school dropouts, skills, special needs students, standardized tests, student attitudes, student behavior

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985--1986

Date of Collection:  

  • 1987-10--1987-11

Universe:   Students, both handicapped and nonhandicapped, who were enrolled in the 11th grade and/or were 17 years old.

Data Types:   transcript data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook and data collection instruments are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Website.


Sample:   A nationally representative sample of 491 secondary schools selected for the 1986 National Assessment of Educational Progress, Grade 11/Age 17 students, of which 438 schools agreed to participate and 433 eventually provided transcripts. Within these schools, students were selected for the Transcript Study according to three categories: (1) Students who were sampled for the 1986 NAEP, (2) a newly drawn sample of students who were in the 11th grade in spring 1986, and (3) all of the handicapped students in the sample schools who were in the eligible age/grade. Two distinct sets of sampling procedures were used within schools, depending upon whether schools had retained the materials used in sampling and assessing students in the 1986 NAEP. In both types of schools, the sample included all handicapped students who were in the 11th grade and/or were 17 years old in 1985-1986. A handicapped student was defined as one who had had an IEP (Individualized Educational Program), and was not classified as "gifted," in 1985-1986.

Data Source:

high school transcripts of sampled students

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB2256.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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