Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS)

Study Overview


The Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002) was a nationally represented survey of 10th graders which included information on the students as well as the educational context within the school. This study included three follow-ups, one in 2004 (when the student should be in 12th grade); one in 2006 (two years out of high school); and one in 2012 (10 years after originally surveyed). Two main research questions guided this study? 1) What are students' trajectories from the beginning of high school into postsecondary education, the workforce and beyond. 2) What are the different patterns of college access and persistence that occur in the years following high school completion?

Sampling Procedures: 

Multistage random sample--first schools, then students.

Contact and Data Access

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