The Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS :2002) is designed to monitor the transition of a national sample of young people as they progress from tenth grade through high school and on to post-secondary education and/or the world of work.
As a longitudinal study, ELS: 2002 follows a nationally representative cohort of students from the time they were high school sophomores through the rest of their high school careers.
In 2004, the sample was augmented to make it representative of seniors as well. ELS:2002 continues to follow these students into postsecondary education and/or the labor market. These transitions are complex in that youth may follow many different pathways and prolonged in that the students will be followed until they are in their mid-to-late twenties. By surveying the same young people over time, it is possible to record the changes taking place in their lives and help to explain these changes—that is, understand the ways in which earlier achievements, aspirations and experience influence what happens to them later.
ELS:2002 is conducted on behalf of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the United States Department of Education by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI)—a not-for-profit university-affiliated research organization with headquarters in North Carolina.
Educational Longitudinal Survey of 2002 (ELS)
|year start||2002,2004, 2006, 2012|
|year end||2002, 2004, 2006, 2012|
|date start||Year round|
|date end||Year round|
|Method||self administered questionnaires, CATI, CA personal interview, self-administered web surveys|
|Universe||National sample of sophomores in 2002, parents, teachers, administrators, librarians; The ELS: 2002 base-year study was carried out in a national probability sample of 752
public, Catholic, and other private schools in the spring term of the 2001-02 school year. Of
17,591 eligible selected sophomores, 15,362 completed a base-year questionnaire, as did 13,488
parents, 7,135 teachers, 743 principals, and 718 librarians
|Geography Variables||city, state, zip code|
|Topics Covered||These data pertain especially to student learning, predictors of dropping out, and high school correlates of student's access to and persistence and attainment in post-secondary education, and their entry into the workforce.|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||230|