ERIC Number: ED416584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Strategies for Collecting Finance Data from Private Schools. Working Paper Series.
Isaacs, Julia B.; Garet, Michael S.; Sherman, Joel D.
Relatively little is known about private school finance in the United States. Since this lack of data impoverishes educational policy discussions that compare public and private schools, a strategy, was developed to collect finance data from private schools. High-quality data can be used to determine the total amount spent on elementary and secondary education in the United States, and can inform debates on the relative cost per student of various approaches to educational service delivery. The report focuses on the extreme diversity among private schools and the strategies needed to develop accurate data in the face of such diversity. The text looks at the existing data on private school finances, major components of expenditures, and implications of data collection. It surveys the types of expenditures found in 28 private schools, taking care to articulate expenditures related to instruction-related activities, administration, physical plant, and other services. The report also describes some administrators' reactions to the finance survey, including initial resistance by some and a listing of the potential benefits of such a survey. Some of the implications of the data collected, including a proposed framework for organizing the survey statistics, are presented. Four appendixes include: three survey instruments and a table showing schools in focus groups and site visits. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Research Inst., Washington, DC.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.