National Assessment of Educational Progress [United States], 1970-1980 (ICPSR 8072)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Education Commission of the States


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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a continuing survey of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of young Americans. Each year during the period 1970-1980, 75,000 to 100,000 persons were assessed in the following learning areas: reading, reading/literature, mathematics, science, and citizenship/social studies. Data are presented for 9-year-olds, 13-year-olds, and 17-year-olds for the academic years 1970-1971, 1972-1973 to 1977-1978, and 1979-1980, in the form of "Booklet" files. At the school level, background variables include the region, census division, type and size of community, occupation mix of attendance area, grade range, racial composition, total enrollment, and Title I eligibility. At the respondent level, items cover age, sex, race, parents' education, and reading materials in the home. From the school year 1972-1973 on, regional migration variables are included for the older age groups. From 1975-1976 on, 17-year-olds were asked a number of additional background questions, including their homework and TV viewing habits, languages spoken in the home, racial/ethnic heritage, and household possessions.

Education Commission of the States. National Assessment of Educational Progress [United States], 1970-1980. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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National Institute of Education (NIE-G-80-0003)

1970 -- 1980

1970 -- 1980

(1) All subregional geographic identifiers (state, county, school district, etc.) have been removed from the data. Some of the items included in the test booklets are released for public use, and the remainder are restricted. Copies of the item booklets and scoring guides, containing both public use and restricted items, are available on microfiche from NAEP only after a Nondisclosure Agreement has been signed. The Agreement can be obtained from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 700, Denver, Colorado, 80295. (2) Each of the 21 distinct sets of files in this collection is accompanied by a machine-readable user's guide and appendices. Each set of files also has a corresponding half-sample definition file and exercise documentation file that can be used for statistical analysis of the data. Half-sample definition files may be used in variance calculation. Exercise documentation files contain exercise classification information and cross-references to exercise occurrences at other ages and assessments. Variable information for these two types of files is provided in the appendix files. To find variable numbers and values, scroll through the corresponding appendix file to Appendix 6, pages 6-20 and 6-21. (3) Users should note that there are no Booklet 1 or 2 data for citizenship/social studies, 1975-1976, for 13-year-olds nor 17-year-olds.

NAEP uses stratified, multistage probability samples in all assessments. The first stage consists of geographic areas (typically counties). Within each geographic area, both public and private schools are sampled, and each booklet is administered to a separate random sample of respondents within the sampled schools. For every age group, there are between 5 and 15 different booklets in each of the subject areas. Since each student responds to only one booklet, this means that there are between 5 and 15 different probability samples for each age group. A specific school is likely to be sampled for more than one booklet. However, booklet administrations are randomly allocated to schools and no school receives all of the various booklets.

Approximately 75,000 to 100,000 students in United States schools.

self-enumerated questionnaires

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