ERIC Number: ED418976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Towards an Organizational Database on America's Schools: A Proposal for the Future of SASS, with Comments on School Reform, Governance, and Finance. Working Paper Series.
Baker, David P.
One prospect for the future of the Schools and Staffing Survey of the National Center for Data Collection is to continue in the direction set by its three previous rounds of surveys. Another approach, the one recommended in this paper, is to make the SASS the main vehicle of NCES for organizational information about U.S. schools from kindergarten through grade 12. The focus of the SASS should be broadened to include a wider scope of information on how American schools are organized. An examination of the limitations of the current SASS and the possibilities of new technical and methodological approaches leads to suggestions about the renewed SASS. A major focus of the new survey must be on how a school organizes its main dynamic components. A second main focus should be on how much of the school's organization is influenced by district, state, and federal educational agencies. The third focus states that the SASS must gather more information on financial resources and their flows to the point of instruction. Finally, a new SASS must include measures of school-level educational outcomes. Issues in implementing this new version of the SASS are discussed, and the reasons these changes are advisable are reviewed. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Databases, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Organization, Outcomes of Education, Political Influences, Questionnaires, Research Design, Research Methodology
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 400, Washington, DC 20208-5652.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, DC.; American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)