About MGLS:2017

student survey

The Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-18 (MGLS:2017) is a new, unprecedented national study of middle grade students being conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the U.S. Department of Education. RTI International is carrying out the MGLS:2017 data collection on behalf of NCES.

MGLS:2017 will gather information about the development and learning that occur during students’ middle-grade years, or grades 6 through 8. In particular, it will identify school, individual, social, and contextual factors that predict future student success.

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student survey

The Operational Field Test occurred in early 2017 with a sample of about 1,200 students in sixth grade from about 50 schools. Follow-up data collections occurred in the spring of 2018, when most students were in the seventh grade.

The Main Study took place in the spring of 2018 and a sample of about 17,000 students in sixth grade from about 570 schools participated. A planned follow-up with students, parents, and school staff will occur in the spring of 2020. In preparation for the 2019-20 follow-up, the study will sample additional schools and eighth-grade students to ensure the study results are nationally representative. Administrative records may be collected in fall 2021.

student survey
Students will complete a math and reading assessment and complete two computerized games to assess executive function skills, or skills that help a person to organize and act on information. Students will also provide height and weight measurements and complete a student survey. The student session will take approximately 90 minutes and will be completed in schools on Chromebooks, tablet-like computers with touchscreen capability and an attached keyboard.

admin survey
School administrators will be asked to complete the approximately 40-minute school administrator web-based survey about the school and the school environment.

math teacher survey
Math teachers of students selected for the study will complete the math teacher survey about their background and classroom characteristics (approximately 20 minutes), as well as answer questions about the skills and abilities of specific students in the study (about 7 minutes per student).

special education teacher survey
Special education teachers/providers for students selected to participate in the study with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be asked to complete the special education teacher survey about their background and special education services provided (about 10 minutes), as well as answer questions about the skills and abilities of specific students in the study (approximately 20 minutes per student).

parents survey
Parents of each sampled student will complete the parent survey or a telephone interview. The questionnaire will take about 35 minutes to complete.

results mgls:2017 MGLS:2017 will help researchers and policymakers learn about student growth in math and reading as well as family and school factors that encourage success during the important, yet generally understudied, middle grade years.
MGLS:2017 data MGLS:2017 data, which will be available to the public, will allow researchers, educators, policymakers, and members of the public to examine student development and achievement through this important stage of students’ education career. More generally, MGLS:2017 data will allow researchers to examine family and schooling factors related to students’ achievement. The study will capture changes in young people’s lives and their connections with communities, schools, teachers, families, parents, and peers, including:
  • Academic (especially in math and reading), social, and interpersonal growth;
  • Transitions from elementary school and preparations for transitions into high school;
  • School connectedness, belongingness, and engagement;
  • Characteristics of schools and their relationship to student outcomes; and
  • School support of students with disabilities, and outcomes for those students.
MGLS:2017 student survey

MGLS:2017 is conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal statistical agency for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States. NCES is part of the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. NCES is authorized to conduct MGLS:2017 by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002, 20 U.S.C. §9543) and to collect students’ education records from education agencies or institutions for the purposes of evaluating federally supported education programs under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 34 CFR §§ 99.31(a)(3)(iii) and 99.35).

The data are being collected for NCES by RTI International, a U.S.-based nonprofit research organization.

student survey confidentiality

The Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-18 (MGLS:2017) is conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Under contract with NCES, RTI International, a U.S.-based nonprofit research organization, administers MGLS:2017 on behalf of NCES. NCES is authorized to conduct MGLS:2017 by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002, 20 U.S.C. §9543) and to collect students’ education records from education agencies and institutions for the purposes of evaluating federally supported education programs under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 34 CFR §§ 99.31(a)(3)(iii) and 99.35). All of the information you provide may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151).

All RTI project staff have signed confidentiality agreements and affidavits of nondisclosure and are prohibited by law from using the obtained information for any purposes other than this research study.

You may review the Confidentiality Agreements and Affidavit of Nondisclosure statements that are signed by project staff.


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