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May 2 -- The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) invites public comments to OMB by June 1, 2022 regarding the National Household Education Survey 2023 (NHES:2023) Full-scale Data Collection.

The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) collects data directly from households on early childhood care and education, children's readiness for school, parents' perceptions of school safety and discipline, before- and after-school activities of school-age children, participation in adult and career education, parents' involvement in their children's education, school choice, homeschooling, and civic involvement. NHES:2023 will again field the Early Childhood Program Participation (ECPP) and the combined Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) survey used in the NHES:2019.

NHES:2023 will use the same methodology developed in the NHES:2019 for the majority of sampled addresses, but will incorporate lessons learned from NHES:2019's methodological experiments. Furthermore, given the potential change in the education landscape since COVID-19, particularly for online coursework, NCES plans to conduct a debriefing project with respondents during the NHES:2023 administration. The goal of the study is to gain greater insight about respondents who indicate that their child was enrolled in online courses. The debriefing interviews are designed to understand the true schooling experiences of these children and how well the survey functioned in capturing the context of these children's virtual education experiences. The debriefing interviews will provide information that will assist NCES in understanding the NHES:2023 data on virtual education and in crafting items for future NHES administrations that will more accurately capture the details of virtual education.

Repeating the NHES:2019 child surveys will provide trend data from the 2012, 2016, and 2019 NHES administrations. Tracking trends in education topics on a regular, repeated basis is a key research goal of the NHES program.  

NHES uses a two-stage design in which sampled households complete a screener questionnaire to enumerate likely eligible household members and their key characteristics. Within-household sampling based on the screener data determines which household member is sampled for each topical survey. NHES typically fields 2 to 3 topical surveys at a time, although the number has varied across its administrations. Surveys are administered in English and in Spanish. Data from NHES are used to provide national cross-sectional estimates on populations of special interest to education researchers and policymakers.
NHES website: https://nces.ed.gov/nhes/
NHES:2023 submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202202-1850-001  Click IC List for data collection instruments, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-09313

For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, the AEA Committee on Economic Statistics offers "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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