HS&B:20– Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is this study about? 

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), EurekaFacts, a research company based in Rockville, MD, is administering interviews with employed principals, high school counselors, and 9th-grade math teachers to evaluate some survey questions for the High School and Beyond 2020 (HS&B:20) study. This study will look at how students progress through high school to postsecondary education and/or into the workforce. Participant’s feedback will help NCES improve the survey questions, so they are clear and can be easily understood and answered by thousands of other individuals across the country. 

 Where will the research interview take place? 

Some interviews will be conducted locally at the EurekaFacts office at 51 Monroe Street, Plaza East 10, Rockville, MD, 20850. Additionally, school staff have the option to be interviewed at their school or via telephone. 

 What will happen during the research interview? 

During the interview, participants will be asked to provide feedback on survey questions. The interviewer will ask how they interpreted each question and how they came up with each answer. These follow-up questions will focus on the participant’s understanding of the questions. All interviews will be audio recorded. 

 Do I need to do anything special for the phone interviews? 

For phone interviews, the participant will need to have a good cellular or landline connection, access to the survey materials sent to their email (either printed or displayed on a computer screen), and a quiet private space where the participant can engage in the interview for its duration. The participant will need to return their electronically signed consent form prior to the start of the interview. All instructions will be provided in a confirmation email. 

 Will information be kept private? 

Each participant will be assigned a unique identifier (ID), and their name will not be linked to their answers. All of the information provided by participants may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151). Audio from the session will be recorded only for analysis. NCES is authorized to conduct this study by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002, 20 U.S.C. §9543). 

 How long will the research interview last and when will it take place? 

The interview will last no more than 40 minutes. Interviews will only require one session and can be scheduled at your convenience. 

 Will the results go to the participant’s place of work? 

Participants’ responses will not be disclosed to their place of work and will not be linked to any personally identifiable information. 

 Is there an incentive for participating? 

Yes. The participant will receive a $50 gift card from a major credit card company. Participants who complete phone interviews will receive their gift card via email. 

 What are the possible risks of being in the study? 

There are no known risks to participating in this voluntary study. 

 Who can I contact with questions or for further information? 

If you have any questions about the study, you can call Judith Hernandez, the Call Center Supervisor, at 240-345-9760. If you have questions about your rights as a study participant, you can call the EurekaFacts’ Office of Research Protection at 240-403-4800 ext. 267 (a toll-free number). 

 Can participation end early? 

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. The participant has the right to refuse to answer particular questions. The participant may elect to withdraw from this study at any time and can leave the interview early if they wish.