“In 2010, the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Education Statistics, both within the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, began collaborating on an education grant opportunity related to the cross-sectional National Postsecondary Student Aid Study.
NPSAS is a large, nationally-representative sample of postsecondary institutions and students that contains student-level records on student demographics and family background, work experience, expectations, receipt of financial aid, and postsecondary enrollment.
Why is this information important to the education of our children?
Since 1987, NPSAS has been fielded every 3 to 4 years, most recently during the 2015-16 academic year.
The goal of this NCER-NCES collaboration is to provide researchers the opportunity to develop “one-off” projects that would target a subset of the NPSAS sample.
Under this NCER-NCES grant opportunity, researchers submit applications to the Education Research Grants program under the Postsecondary and Adult Education topic and to the Exploration or Efficacy/Replication research goals.
How much does this cost taxpayers?
NCER supports research projects using NPSAS subsamples to:
(1) Explore the relations between postsecondary persistence and completion, and malleable factors (as well as the mediators and moderators of those relationships) . . .
(2) evaluate the efficacy of interventions aimed at improving persistence and completion of postsecondary education.
Through the grant award, researchers can obtain indirect access to a subsample of the NPSAS sample after the study’s student interviews have been completed.
For what reason?
This request is to conduct, in 2017, the “Connecting Students 2017: Testing the Effectiveness of FAFSA Interventions on College Outcomes” study, funded by the NCER-NPSAS grant, designed to measure the effectiveness of an intervention that will provide financial aid information and reminders to college students who were initially interviewed as part of NPSAS:16.
How does this improve student outcomes at the elementary level of education where our children are failing?
Our educational tax dollars must be spent providing every child in America with an excellent education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens who realize that educating children is more important that securing the profits of “hedgehogs”.
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