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Downloading the STAR Research Data File

Research files are available in a variety of formats, depending on the type of system that you use (Windows or Macintosh) and record format (Fixed length ASCII, tab delimited, or dBASE IV).  You should check your application software manuals to verfiy which record format best suits your needs.

These downloads contain the same information as the internet reports.  Each self-extracting file contains one file in the specified format.  The self-extracting file requires approximately 3 MB of storage on your system.  Expanding the file will require approximately 25 MB of storage on your system.

Click the link for the file that corresponds to your system and preferred record format, the file will automatically download.  After the download is complete, you will need to uncompress the file by running it.  After the file has been uncompressed, follow the directions in your application software manuals to open the file in your database, spreadsheet, or other program.

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Fixed-Width ASCII Files

Fixed-Width ASCII files are structured much like files typically used on a mainframe.

Date Posted: Jun 18, 1998 
File: flstar.exe 2.68 MB, Windows self-extracting compressed file 
flstar.sea.hqx 4.12 MB, Macintosh self-extracting compressed file 
Minimum Download Times:
  T1 > < 1 minute
  128K (ISDN) > 3 minutes
  64K (ISDN) > 7 minutes
  28.8 > 15 minutes
Description: A self-extracting compressed file that contains one Fixed-Width ASCII File named "flstar.asc".

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Tab-Delimited Files

Tab-Delimited files can be imported into most databases.

Date Posted: Jun 18, 1998 
File: tdstar.exe 2.70 MB, Windows self-extracting compressed file 
tdstar.sea.hqx 4.20 MB, Macintosh self-extracting compressed file 
Minimum Download Times:
  T1 > < 1 minute
  128K (ISDN) > 3 minutes
  64K (ISDN) > 7 minutes
  28.8 > 14 minutes
Description: A self-extracting compressed file that contains one Tab-Delimited ASCII file named "tdstar.tab".

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dBASE IV Files

dBASE IV files are a PC-specific format

Date Posted: Jun 18, 1998 
File: db4star.exe 2.79 MB, Windows self-extracting compressed file 
db4star.sea.hqx 4.32 MB, Macintosh self-extracting compressed file 
Minimum Download Times:
  T1 > < 1 minute
  128K (ISDN) > 3 minutes
  64K (ISDN) > 7 minutes
  28.8 > 15 minutes
Description: A self-extracting compressed file that contains one dBASE IV file named "db4star.dbf".

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Zip Files

The Research files for Windows are packaged in a self-extracting archive, to save on space and download time.  Self-extracting archives have an extension of .EXE, and can be run as commands or double-clicked on just like any other application. When a self-extracting archive is run, the files in the archive are automatically extracted into the directory of your choice.  You do not need an unzip program (like PKZIP or WinZip) to extract files from these self-extracting archives.

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Binhex-Sit Files

The Research files for the Macintosh are packaged using the Binhex format for transmission over the Internet, and compressed using the StuffIt format.  Once you have downloaded and expanded the file, it will be ready for use.

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Research File Format

The format of the research file is described below.

Type Legend

A

Alphabetic text (letters only)

T

Alphanumeric text (letters and numbers allowed)

N

Number (numbers only)

ZN

Number with left-filled zeroes

NZ

Number with right-filled zeroes

4Y

4-digit year

Record definition

Starting Column Length

Type

Sort

Data Corresponding Database field
1 2

ZN

A

County Code County_Code
3 5

ZN

A

District Code District_Code
8 7

ZN

A

School Code School_Code
15 20

T

  County Name County_Name
35 20

T

  District Name District_Name
55 20

T

  School Name School_Name
75 4

4Y

  Administration/Cycle - '1998' Test_Date
79 1

N

  Record Type
('4'=State, '5'=County, '6'=District, '7'=School)
Record_Type
80 1

N

  Summary Type
('1'=All Students, '2'=LEP Students)
Summary_Type
81 2

ZN

A

Grade Level Grade_Level
83 7

ZN

  Total Enrollment Reported Total_Enrollment
90 6

ZN

  Total Number Tested Total_Tested
96 22     Results Info (Reading) - (see below) Reading_Test
118 22     Results Info (Math) - (see below) Math_Test
140 22     Results Info (Language) - (see below) Language_Test
162 22     Results Info (Spelling) - (see below) Spelling_Test
184 22     Results Info (Science) - (see below) Science_Test
206 22     Results Info (Social Science) - (see below) Social_Science_Test
228 27     Filler  

"Results Info" field definition

Starting Column Length

Type

Data Corresponding Database field
1 6

N

Total Number Valid Total_Valid
7 5

T

Mean Scaled Score Mean_SS
12 2

T

PR of Mean NCE Mean_PR
14 3

T

Percent Scoring Above PR 75 PAC75
17 3

T

Percent Scoring At or Above PR 50 PACAT50
20 3

T

Percent Scoring Above PR 25 PAC25