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The High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study of 2022 (HS&B:22) follow-up field test is conducted by the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education. Studies like this occur once a decade. HS&B:22 follow-up field test will take place during the 2023-2024 school year (January to May, 2024).
Selected students, their families, and school staff all have an important role in helping us learn more about the high school experience, students’ academic and social growth, and ways we can support students in gaining the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in high school and beyond.

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Study schools were randomly selected by geographic region, locale, and type: public and private, including charter, magnet, and virtual schools.
Approximately 920 schools and 26,000 students will be invited to participate. Your school represents schools like yours across the country and cannot be replaced!
High school is rapidly changing. What worked in schools 10 years ago may not be relevant today. Educators at all levels rely on scientific data from studies such as HS&B:22 to make decisions about policies, funding, programs, and practices.
HS&B:22 needs the participation of all selected schools to capture an accurate picture of high school students and their environment. If you have been selected, your participation is crucial.
Click here to watch a video about why your participation matters.
Schools will receive $200 as a thank you. Eligible staff may register for a no cost webinar on project-based learning or STEM.
As a federal study, HS&B:22 complies with all laws and regulations and we have a rigorous set of standards and procedures to safeguard the privacy of participants and the confidentiality of data.
Responses are always kept confidential. Results are never reported for individual respondents. No schools, staff, students, or families will ever be identified.
We will request a list of all 12th grade students and randomly select about 40 per school. All students will have a chance to be selected regardless of race, gender, disability, or ELL status. Accommodations will be made for those students with special needs.
Students will complete a survey and answer some math questions. The student session will take 90 minutes or less, on a date selected by the school.
If allowed, students will receive a $10 gift card and earn 2 hours of community service credit from the U.S. Department of Education.
RTI International, a not-for-profit research organization in North Carolina, is conducting HS&B:22 for NCES. RTI staff will facilitate the student session at your school. Your school may choose to use your school’s computers, or we can provide Chromebooks for the student session.
Students attending school virtually will complete a survey and answer some math questions. The student session will take 90 minutes or less and students will participate virtually.
If allowed, students will receive a $10 gift card and 2 hours of community service credit from the U.S. Department of Education.
Schools participating virtually can choose a virtual synchronous session so all students participate at the same time online.
A school administrator, one counselor, and one teacher of each selected student (average 2-4 teachers) will be asked to complete a questionnaire. School staff input is voluntary but also critical!
Staff can complete the online survey at their convenience, at once or in increments. They will be offered an honorarium for their time.
Parents provide information on the home environment and family involvement in their student’s education. The parent/guardian of selected students will be invited to complete a web-based (or telephone) questionnaire at a convenient time. Their input is extremely important and an essential part of this study!
Please select a staff member to serve as a School Coordinator (SC)—a primary contact to help with scheduling, providing the list of students, and distributing parent permission forms.
If permitted, the SC receives $50 for the student roster and an additional $100 at the end of data collection.
HS&B:22 data will allow us to examine student, school, and family factors that impact successful outcomes. The study will capture unique experiences in high school and can provide insight to: • Student transitions into high school and preparations for postsecondary education and/or work plans; • Academic achievement, reducing achievement gaps, and equal access to educational opportunities; • Career and technical education opportunities available to students; and • Use of technology for innovations such as online learning and effects on student outcomes. Many education policies, programs, and practices currently in use are based on research that used NCES’s longitudinal data.