Secondary Data

Check out the links below for great information on these available secondary data sets.

The General Social Survey (GSS) 

The GSS is a nationally representative survey of adults in the United States conducted since 1972. It contains a standard core of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest.

International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) 

The ISSP is a cross-national collaboration programme conducting annual surveys on diverse topics relevant to social sciences. Over one million respondents have participated in the surveys of the ISSP.

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

PISA is the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges.

International Math and Science Study (TIMMS and PIRLS) 

TIMSS and PIRLS are international assessments that monitor trends in student achievement in mathematics, science, and reading.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health)

Add Health is a nationally representative, longitudinal study that explores the causes of health and health-related behaviors of adolescents and their outcomes in young adulthood.

Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS)

ECLS includes four longitudinal studies that examine child development, school readiness, and early school experiences from birth through elementary school. The link provides more information on two studies; ECLS-B (2001 birth cohort) and ECLS-K (1998-99 kindergarten class cohort).

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY)

NLSY consists of two nationally representative, longitudinal studies that follow the lives of a sample of American youth born between 1957–64 (79 Cohort) and 1980–84 (97 Cohort).

National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2)

NLTS2 is a nationally representative, longitudinal study designed to explore the experiences of students receiving special education as they moved from secondary school into adult roles.

National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) 

NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS)

HRS is a nationally representative multi-disciplinary longitudinal study of Americans over age 50 to provide data for the study of health and retirement.

Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

ODE provides information annually concerning Ohio’s primary and secondary education, including demographic information, attendance, course information, financial data, and test results.

National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH)

NSCH is a nationally representative longitudinal study that provides data on multiple, intersecting aspects of children’s lives—including physical and mental health, access to quality health care, and the child’s family, neighborhood, school, and social context.