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#RefuseTheSurvey. The answer is ‘no’.


The data mining in schools on children expands into the home and families, including home schooled families.  From the June 16, 2015 Federal Register:


Title of Collection: National Household Education Survey 2016 (NHES:2016) Full-scale Data Collection.

OMB Control Number: 1850-0768.

Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection.

Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 191,803.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 32,029.

Abstract: The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) is conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES). NHES is NCES’s principal mechanism for addressing education topics appropriate for households rather than establishments. Such topics cover a wide range of issues, including early childhood care and education, children’s readiness for school, parent perceptions of school safety and discipline, before- and after-school activities of school-age children, participation in adult education and training, parent involvement in education, school choice, homeschooling, and civic involvement. The NHES consists of a series of rotating surveys using a two-stage design in which a household screener collects household membership and key characteristics for sampling and then appropriate topical survey(s) are mailed to sample members. Data from the NHES are used to provide national cross-sectional estimates on populations of special interest to education researchers and policymakers. NHES surveys were conducted approximately every other year from 1991 through 2007 using random digit dial (RDD) methodology; beginning in 2012 NHES began collecting data by mail to improve response rates. This submission seeks clearance to conduct NHES:2016, which will repeat the child topical surveys conducted in 2012: The Early Childhood Program Participation (ECPP), the Parent and Family Involvement in Education-Enrolled (PFI-E), and the Parent and Family Involvement in Education-Homeschooled (PFI-H), and will include the first adult topical survey in NHES since 2005, the Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES). The adult survey was developed in conjunction with the Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment (GEMEnA) and was pilot tested in the 2014 NHES Feasibility Study.


Are these topics the business of the Federal Government?  Should this information be given to the NCES for dissemination to education researchers and policymakers?  Do you believe this information will be used to help these populations of special interest or do you take the more cynical (some would say more realistic) stance that this information will be used to expand/tweak governmental programs to ‘fix’ problems that existing programs haven’t ‘fixed’?  Is this research just more fodder to write policies for even more Federal programs mandating what children ‘need’?   What will happen if your family falls under the threshold of acceptable parental involvement in your child’s life?

Why are home schooled families included in this survey?  These families are insistent that the government have as little intrusion in their life as possible.

The survey might also target you if you have no children at home as it includes the Adult Training and Education Survey.  Here is some additional information on the GEMEnA referenced above.  Does it concern anyone that we now are looking at national measures of the participation in and credentialing of education and training for work?  Is there a law mandating such national measures or is this another agency deciding policies that states will have to follow for Federal compliance and/or funding?

About GEMEnA

The Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment (GEMEnA) works to develop and validate national measures of the participation in and credentialing of education and training for work, and to build government-wide consensus for the adoption of these measures in key federal data collections. More specifically, GEMEnA is engaged in a rigorous process of survey item development to validate core items on 1) the attainment of non-degree credentials, including industry-recognized certifications, occupational licenses, and educational certificates, and 2) enrollment in education and training that prepares people for work.

GEMEnA has developed a core set of survey items to measure the prevalence and key characteristics of certifications and licenses, and efforts are underway to deploy these items within the federal statistical system. NCES is planning to field an in-depth survey of US adults, the Credentials for Work (CWS) survey, to provide detailed cross-sectional time series data beginning in 2016. NCES is also incorporating survey items on non-degree credentials into its post high school longitudinal studies.

Other GEMEnA agencies have also begun deploying survey items on certifications and licenses in their own surveys of households and individuals including the redesigned Survey of Income and Program Participation (Census), the National Survey of College Graduates (NSF), and the Current Population Survey (BLS). An overview of certification/license items by survey is here.

The following federal agencies will receive data if you agree to complete the adult portion of the survey:

Development work is continuing on items measuring attainment of educational certificates and enrollment in work-related education and training. The Milestones link provides a timeline of GEMEnA’s work. The Documentation link includes reports, meeting notes, and other background documents.

GEMEnA consists of staff (see list) from these federal offices:

  • Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Council of Economic Advisers
  • National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
  • National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation
  • Office of Statistical and Science Policy, Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

To ensure the relevance of GEMEnA’s work for answering critical policy and research questions, GEMEnA also meets regularly with a panel of experts and collaborates with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.

Below is the list of collaborative partners and stakeholders who can receive survey information that is taxpayer funded.  Some of them are quite active in advocating for the  Common Core State Standards Initiative.  Think of how convenient this survey information will be for the partners and stakeholders allowed access to this information and how they can conveniently provide the white papers and products for the policies we ‘need’ according to the bureaucrats:


Federal Statistical Agency Partners:

Other Federal Partners:

Expert Panelist Organizations:

Federal Stakeholders:

Other Stakeholders:

Please contact to add your organization to the stakeholders list.


#Refusethesurvey.  You can make comment on this proposal in the Federal Register here.  You can review previous NHES surveys here.  Here’s a sample of questioning to home schooling parents (2012).  Should you share this information with the Federal Governmental agencies and the private researchers listed above so they can write policies addressing your concerns…or will those policies enacted become a possible roadblock in your right to home school?:

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from PFI-Homeschool-NHES:2012

(Header graphic accessed from Youth-NHES:1999)



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