High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) Second Follow-Up

Alexandria Walton Radford, Laura Burns Fritch, Katherine Leu, Michael Duprey, RTI International
U.S. Department of Education, National Center For Education Statistics
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Feb, 2018

This report presents selected findings from the second follow-up of the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09). HSLS:09 follows a nationally representative sample of students who were ninth-graders in fall 2009 from the beginning of high school into higher education and the workforce. Key research topics for HSLS:09 include secondary to postsecondary transition plans and the evolution of those plans; paths into and out of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers; and the relationships between students’ school experiences (educational and social) and their academic, work, and life plans and paths.

The second follow-up data collection was conducted from March 14, 2016, through January 31, 2017, approximately 3 years after high school graduation for most of the cohort. The data collected allow researchers to examine an array of young-adulthood outcomes among fall 2009 ninth-graders, including delayed high school completion, postsecondary enrollment, early postsecondary persistence and attainment, labor market experiences, family formation, and family financial support. Analyses of these outcomes can capitalize on the large amounts of data gathered about the students in fall 2009, in 2012 (when most were spring-term 11th-graders), and in summer and fall 2013 (when most had completed high school). Analyses can also be augmented with information collected from parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and high school transcripts.

This report highlights selected findings from the HSLS:09 second follow-up data with the goal of encouraging interested researchers to explore the data for their own analytic purposes. Therefore, the report provides information on a range of outcomes, although HSLS:09 offers much more data than those used in the analyses in this report. Readers should note that, because this report is descriptive in nature, it is not appropriate to draw causal inferences from the results presented. For example, many of the variables examined in this report may be related to one another, and complex interactions and relationships among the variables have not been explored in these analyses.

All results have been weighted to reflect the sample design and to account for nonresponse and other adjustments. Comparisons drawn in the selected findings have been tested for statistical significance at the .05 level using Student’s t statistics to ensure that the differences are larger than those that might be expected due to 2 INTRODUCTION sampling variation. While the selected findings only include statistically significant findings, they do not include every statistically significant comparison. There were no adjustments for multiple comparisons. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

Additional information about the HSLS:09 dataset and the methods employed in collecting and processing the data can be found in appendix C, and greater detail is available in the HSLS:09 Base-Year to Second Follow-Up Data File Documentation (Duprey et al. 2018), at https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/hsls09/

View the full report here.

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