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Re: 3/8" Plywood shear values on metal studs.

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The Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association has published several Technical
Notes on shear wall design, including  Shear Transfer at Top Plate, Vertical
Lateral Force Resisting Systems (Boundary Elements), and Diaphragm Design
Values.  Past issues of newsletters have also included the results of several
configurations of shear wall tests.  

The newsletters can be downloaded from the LGSEA web site (  Let me
know if you're interested in getting copies of the Tech Notes.

Larry Williams