EdSurvey package is designed to help users analyze
data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), including
the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) datasets. Because
of their scope and complexity, these datasets require special
statistical methods to analyze. The
EdSurvey package gives
users functions to perform analyses that account for both complex sample
survey designs and the use of plausible values.
EdSurvey package also seamlessly takes advantage of
LaF package to read in data only when it is required
for an analysis. Users with computers that have insufficient memory to
read in the entire NAEP datasets can still do analyses without having to
write special code to read in just the appropriate variables. This is
all addressed directly in the
EdSurvey package—behind the
scenes and without additional work by the user.
Bailey, P., Lee, M., Nguyen, T., & Zhang, T. (2020). Using EdSurvey to Analyse PIAAC Data. In Large-Scale Cognitive Assessment (pp. 209-237). Springer, Cham.
Documents that describe the analysis of specific survey data in the EdSurvey package include the following:
EdSurvey to Analyze ECLS-K:2011 Data is an introduction to the
methods used in the analysis of the large-scale child development study
Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11
(ECLS-K:2011) using the
EdSurvey package. The vignette
covers topics such as preparing the R environment for processing,
creating summary tables, running linear regression models, and
EdSurvey to Analyze NCES Data: An Illustration of Analyzing NAEP
Primer is an introduction to the basics of using the
EdSurvey package for analyzing NCES data, using the NAEP
Primer as an example. The vignette covers topics such as preparing the R
environment for processing, creating summary tables, running linear
regression models, and correlating variables.
EdSurvey to Analyze TIMSS Data is an introduction to the
methods used in analysis of large-scale educational assessment programs
such as Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
EdSurvey package. The vignette covers topics such
as preparing the R environment for processing, creating summary tables,
running linear regression models, and correlating variables.
Using EdSurvey to Analyze NAEP Data With and Without Accommodations provides an overview of the use of NAEP data with accommodations and describes methods used to analyze this data.
Documents providing an overview of functions developed in the EdSurvey package include the following:
NAEP DBA-PBA Linking Error With EdSurvey describes using EdSurvey to calculate the linking error in NAEP assessments that have combined PBA and DBA formats, and the NCES method that EdSurvey uses to calculate the linking error.
Installing the EdSurvey Package on a Restricted-Use Data Computer provides guidance for how to install EdSurvey on a restricted-use data (RUD) computer without an Internet connection.
Converting Text Data File(s) With Companion SPSS Script to SPSS Data File Format details the process of converting a data file and SPSS script to an SPSS Data File for use with EdSurvey.
getData Function in EdSurvey describes the use
EdSurvey package when extensive data manipulation is
required before analysis.
EdSurvey for Trend Analysis describes the methods used in the
EdSurvey package to conduct analyses of statistics that
change over time in large-scale educational studies.
Exploratory Data Analysis on NCES Data provides examples of conducting exploratory data analysis on NAEP data.
Calculating Adjusted p-Values From EdSurvey Results describes the basics of adjusting p-values to account for multiple comparisons.
Tables From edsurveyTable Results With edsurveyTable2pdf
details the creation of pdf summary tables from summary results using
Documents that describe the statistical methodology used in the
EdSurvey package include the following:
Methods Used details the estimation of the statistics in the
Analyses Using Achievement Levels Based on Plausible Values describes the methodological approaches for analyses using NAEP achievement levels.
Analysis covers the methods comparing the gap analysis results
EdSurvey package to the NAEP Data Explorer.
Estimating Percentiles describes the methods used to estimate percentiles.
Estimating Mixed-Effects Models describes the methods used to estimate mixed-effects models with plausible values and survey weights, and how to fit different types of mixed-effects models using the EdSurvey package.
Regression details the estimation of multivariate regression
Wald Tests describes the use of the Wald test to jointly test
regression coefficients estimated using
Weighted and Unweighted Correlation Methods for Large-Scale Educational Assessment: wCorr Formulas introduces the methodology used by the wCorr R package for computing the Pearson, Spearman, polyserial, polyserial, polychoric and tetrachoric correlations, with and without weights applied. Simulation evidence is presented to show correctness of the methods, including an examination of the bias and consistency.
Unless you already have R version 3.2.0 or later, install the latest R version—which is available online at https://cran.r-project.org/. Users also may want to install RStudio desktop, which has an interface that many find easier to follow. RStudio is available online at https://posit.co/download/rstudio-desktop/.
Inside R, run the following command to install
as well as its package dependencies:
Once the package is successfully installed,
be loaded with the following command: