Research on Early Care, Education & Policy

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This is a collection of the research focussed on Early Care, PK-12 Education, and relevant Policy. The collection includes data and their sources, the research questions, plans and hypotheses, and any products of the research program.

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    Data from: A Guide to the American Community Survey (ACS) for the Rural Researcher: Unpacking the Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Using Secondary Data for Rural Research
    LeBeau, Kristie (2023)
    These files contain data supporting all results reported in LeBeau's A Guide to the American Community Survey (ACS) for the Rural Researcher: Unpacking the Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Using Secondary Data for Rural Research. This article aims to advance research methods for rural researchers by offering guidelines for navigating high levels of error associated with the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS presents a useful source of US community level data for rural researchers to utilize in school-community research but not without its difficulties. The small population sizes of rural communities often translate to large margins of error in the data, presenting a degree of uncertainty in the actual measure. To illustrate challenges and best practice, the author conducts a case study of the relationship between the presence of schools and economic vitality of rural communities in Indiana using ACS data. The author demonstrates how to examine the error in the data, introduces options to reduce uncertainty, and ultimately, explains how to move forward with the data, working with the margin of error and acknowledging its presence in the analysis and results. This article offers suggestions and techniques to assist rural researchers in navigating ACS obstacles so that they might produce transparent results with as little uncertainty as possible.
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    Combined Dataset for analyses
    Sipple, John W. (2021-04-15)
    This is a dataset comprised of 4 individual dataset from 3 different sources. This includes 1) Provider data from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) that includes names, addresses, registered capacity figures, and open and close dates; 2) UPK data from the NY State Education Department including enrollments (if any) for all school districts in NY (except NYC); 3) Demographic (e.g, race, poverty, enrollments) and Fiscal Data (revenue and expenditiure) from the NY State Education Department; and 4) Locale Codes from the National Center for Education Statistics.