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Two-Way Scatter Plot and the Consolidated State Performance Report (2012–2013): 4th Grade Reading and Math Proficiency

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By: The Odum Institute Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Datasets
Methods: Scatterplots
Data Type: Numeric
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Abstract

This dataset example introduces researchers to two-way scatter plots. Two-way scatter plots, often simply called scatter plots, allow researchers to explore graphically the relationship between two continuous variables. This example uses a subset of data from the Consolidated State Performance Report from the U.S. Department of Education, looking specifically at the percentage of 4th grade students who are proficient in math and the percentage of 4th grade students who are proficient in reading across the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Understanding how the values of two measures of student proficiency across the states might relate to each other is important for evaluating education outcomes and education policies in the U.S.

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About This Dataset
Data Source Citation

U.S. Department of Education. ED Data Express, state achievement data [Data file]. Retrieved from http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/state-tables-main.cfm

Full title of originating dataset

ED Data Express, State Achievement Data

Data author(s) and affiliations

United States Department of Education

Data Universe

Elementary and secondary schools within the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico

Funding sources/suppliers

United States Department of Education

Data collection dates

2009–2013

Time frame of analysis

2009–2013

Unit of analysis

State

Location covered by data

United States

Links to SRM content
  • Fox, J. (2004). Scatterplot. In M. S. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman, & T. Futing Liao (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of social science research methods (pp. 1003–1005). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412950589.n892
  • The scatterplot matrix. (1998). In W. G. Jacoby (Ed.), Statistical graphics for visualizing multivariate data (pp. 39–54). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412985970.n5
List of variables

state

State Code

freshgradrate200910

Freshman Grad Rate 2009-10

g4math201112

G4 Math 2011-12

g8math201112

G8 Math 2011-12

hsmath201112

HS Math 2011-12

g4read201112

G4 Reading 2011-12

g8read201112

G8 Reading 2011-12

hsread201112

HS Reading 2011-12

elscience201112

EL Science 2011-12

hsscience201112

HS Science 2011-12

msscience201112

MS Science 2011-12

g4math201213

G4 Math 2012-13

g8math201213

G8 Math 2012-13

hsmath201213

HS Math 2012-13

g4read201213

G4 Reading 2012-13

g8read201213

G8 Reading 2012-13

hsread201213

HS Reading 2012-13

elscience201213

EL Science 2012-13

hsscience201213

HS Science 2012-13

msscience201213

MS Science 2012-13

choice201112

Percent in Choice School

qualified201112

Qualified Teachers 2011-12

qualified201213

Qualified Teachers 2012-13