NCES Introduces Online Dataset Training Modules

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has launched its Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) system. The DLDT computer-based training module resource is an online, interactive tool allowing users to learn about NCES data across the education spectrum and evaluate data for suitability for particular research, policy, teaching, and other purposes.

NCES data are appropriate for use by researchers, students, policy specialists, education professionals, and anyone who is interested in student and school outcomes at all levels.

To help users conduct successful analyses and make appropriate use of NCES data, the DLDT is designed to introduce users to the intricacies of various NCES datasets including their designs, what the data represent, how the data were collected, and specific considerations for analysis.

The DLDT is also a teaching tool that can be used by individuals both in and out of the classroom to learn about NCES complex sample survey and administrative data collections and appropriate analysis methods.

There are two types of NCES DLDT modules available: common modules and dataset-specific modules. The common modules help users broadly understand NCES data across the education spectrum, introduce complex sample survey methods, and explain how to acquire NCES micro-data. The dataset-specific modules introduce and educate users about particular datasets.

Access the DLDT system and learn more about the NCES datasets at:

You can also read more about the modules in our latest blog:

Reprinted from IES Newsflash 7/6/2016