ERIC Number: ED280164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Private Schools and Private School Teachers: Final Report of the 1985-86 Private School Study. Contractor Report.
Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
This report updates information on private schools and provides nationally representative data on private school teachers. Two separate questionnaires were administered, one collecting information on school characteristics from administrators in a nationally representative sample of 1,174 private schools, and the second collecting information from a representative sample of 5,295 teachers among the sampled schools. Linking teacher data with school characteristics increased the utility of information gathered. Data are presented in 49 tables, 4 figures, and 2 appendices. School information is compared with previous study years and with data gathered from studies of public institutions. School findings are discussed concerning private elementary and secondary schools, school characteristics, staffing, and availability of programs and services. Teacher findings are discussed in terms of characteristics, compensation, teaching and nonteaching activities, training and assignment, class size and homework assignments, and teacher attitudes. Summary statistics on private shcool teachers include the following: of the 404,000 teachers in private schools, 46 percent teach in Catholic schools, 32 percent teach in other religious schools, and 23 percent teach in nonsectarian schools. About three out of four are female, and most are white. Nearly one in three has either a master's degree or Ph.D. The mean base salary of private school teachers is $14,400; those in private secondary schools receive the highest ($17,100), whereas private elementary school teachers receive the lowest ($12,900). The appendices contain the survey methodology and the school and teacher questionnaires. (CJH)
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Influences, Institutional Characteristics, Private Schools, Public Schools, Regional Characteristics, Religious Education, School Demography, School Organization, Statistical Analysis, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Student Ratio, Teaching Conditions, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Education Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.