ERIC Number: ED194601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Access to Schools and Nonstudents.
Scott, Dunlap, Jr.
Three questions are discussed: (1) what approach will be taken to gain and maintain access to school districts and schools to administer assessment instruments? (2) what procedures should be employed in the difficult and complex task of gaining access to nonstudents (age 17)? and (3) what problems are likely to be encountered in doing this? Access to in-school and nonschool samples is one of the most critical aspects of a National Assessment program. A successful approach to gaining and maintaining access to school districts and schools demands that a protocal be followed; involvement by school personnel and students be minimum; procedures for resolving refusals be developed; and monitoring of data collection procedures and staff be rigorous so that problems are readily identified and corrected. School records are the basis for constructing the sampling frame for the out-of-school 17-year-olds. School officials provide a listing of names of early graduates, and students who failed to return to school following summer vacation and are not known to have enrolled in another school. Problems likely to be encountered include: response/nonresponse; privacy and confidentiality; the intrusiveness of surveys; and the growing cost of research. (RL) Primary type of information provided by report: Procedures (Field Administration).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress