NCES Report Library

Research ProjectIntegrity, Independence, and Innovation: The Future of NCES

The NCES has progressed since the NAS report, advancing well beyond the challenges articulated in that report. However, we are in a time of rapid technological change, and every facet of education is evolving. NCES needs to remain current in documenting what is being taught/learned, how it is being learned, how it is being assessed, what are the obstacles, who is being educated, where education is taking place, how it is being administered and delivered, and what its impact is on students and on society as a whole. (read more...)

Research ProjectNCES Roundtable on Imputation in Government Surveys

At the request of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) the National Institute of Statistical Sciences organized an Experts’ Roundtable focused on the use of imputation procedures in government surveys. (read more...)

Research ProjectNISS/NCES Technical Expert Panel on the NCES Comparable Wage Index

The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS), at the request of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) convened a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to review and make recommendations concerning NCES' Comparable Wage Index (CWI). (read more...)

Research ProjectConfidentiality - Data Swapping

NISS studied how to conduct data swapping, one of a number of techniques meant to distort confidentiality-threatening high-dimensional characteristics of a database while preserving non-threatening low-dimensional characteristics. Data swapping exchanges attribute values between records. The issues to be studied are selection of the swapping rate, of attributes to be swapped and of candidate data records for swapping. (read more...)

Research ProjectEducation Statistics

Working through the Education Statistics Services Institute-Statistics (ESSI-Stat) and NAEP Education Statistics Services Institute (NESSI), NISS has convened a series of task forces to bring nationwide expertise to bear on problems of importance to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). (read more...)

Case StudyAnalysis, Exploration and Inference in Large Educational Data Set

Educational policy at the national, state, school district and even school levels depends on the large education data bases that are publicly available, especially those of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Making sure that interpretations of these data are accurate and that the methodology used to report and to draw inferences do so correctly is essential to a solid basis for setting educational policy and standards. Making sure that appropriate methodology is available to the users of these data is critical. (read more...)