National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972
The National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972
(NLS-72) is designed and conducted by the National Center for
Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of
This monumental endeavor has been called the "grandmother of
longitudinal studies" and "probably the richest archive ever
assembled on a single generation of Americans." The study describes
the transition of young adults from high school through
postsecondary education to the workplace, with data on:
Financial status, and
Data spans the years 1972 to 1986, following students from
senior year of high school into their early 30s. The records
include the "Base Year" survey, follow-up surveys in 1973, 1974,
1976, 1979, and 1986, high school records, and postsecondary
transcripts collected in 1984.
The history of the Class of 1972 is widely considered to be the
baseline against which the progress and achievements of subsequent
cohorts will be measured.
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