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March 2011

Upcoming Events

IES at AERA Annual Meeting

Staff from IES' National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) will participate in the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in New Orleans on April 7–12. NCES Commissioner Jack Buckley will present remarks in honor of the AERA Distinguished Public Service Award Lecture Award's recipient, Emerson Elliot, while others from NCES will make presentations on topics ranging from early academic skills among preschoolers to diverse learners using technology-based assessment, national longitudinal education surveys, and PISA (the Program for International Student Assessment).

NCES and NCER staff will also conduct training on such topics as writing applications for IES grants, the psychometrics behind the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the new High School Longitudinal Study, protecting student data in electronic longitudinal student data systems, data analysis on simple random samples and NCES complex samples using the R Software, and the High School Transcript Study Data.

For additional information and to register for training sessions, go to (see "Professional Development and Training Courses" and "Courses on Research Proposal Writing and Funding Opportunities"). Also, if you will be attending AERA, stop by booth 1106 in the exhibit hall, where representatives from IES will be available to answer your research questions.