NCES Announces Additions to Online Dataset Training Modules

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has added six new modules to its Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) system. The DLDT computer-based training module resource is an online, interactive tool that allows users to learn about the wide range of NCES data and use the data for particular purposes such as research, policy, and teaching.

The newest additions to the DLDT program include the following:

• Introduction to the NCES Longitudinal Studies: 1972-2020
• Postsecondary Education Quick Information System (PEQIS)
• Fast Response Survey System (FRSS)
• Introduction to High School Transcript Collections (HSTC)
• Introduction to NCES WebGateways
• Introduction to MapED

Additionally, users may now self-assess their learning by selecting the Check Your Knowledge option at the end of selected training modules.

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.

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. 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 distinct datasets and considerations for analysis.

You can access the DLDT system and learn more about the NCES datasets at