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The Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES) Pilot Study. Technical Report. NCES 2013-190.

ERIC Descriptors: Adults; Educational Attainment; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education; Certification; Educational Certificates; Noncredit Courses; Credentials; National Surveys; Pilot Projects; Incidence; Individual Characteristics; Age Differences; Employment; Comparative Analysis; Error of Measurement

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Education and training beyond high school are important for securing opportunities for high-wage jobs in the United States. Academic degrees awarded by institutions of higher education represent a key component of the post-high-school credentials available to the American labor force. Other credentials, such as industry-recognized certifications, occupational licenses, and subbaccalaureate educational certificates have also emerged as key credentials with potential labor market value. This report describes work undertaken by the federal Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment (GEMEnA) to develop a short set of survey items to measure the prevalence of these credentials. The development of survey measures to enumerate adults with certifications, licenses, and certificates culminated in the Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES) Pilot Study, a national household survey of noninstitutionalized adults ages 18 and over. The primary objective of the study was to evaluate a set of survey items in order to determine the most parsimonious set of items needed to accurately measure the prevalence of certifications, licenses, and certificates in the U.S. adult population. The purpose of this report is to present the results of this evaluation and make recommendations for survey items to use in existing and future federal data collections. The research effort described in this report was undertaken for questionnaire and procedural development purposes only. The information collected and published from this effort should not be used to generate or cite population estimates or other statistics. Appended are: (1) Details on the Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment (GEMEnA); (2) ATES Pilot Study Design and Methodology; (3) Supplemental Tables; (4) Standard Error Tables; (5) ATES Pilot Study Annotated Extended Interview Questionnaire; (6) ATES Focus Group Report; and (7) ATES Cognitive Interview Report. Individual chapters contain footnotes. (Contains 61 tables.)

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Author:Bielick, Stacey; Cronen, Stephanie; Stone, Celeste; Montaquila, Jill M.; Roth, Shelley Brock
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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