ERIC Number: ED417224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), 1991. Reinterview Response Variance Report. Working Paper Series.
Reinterviews were conducted to measure the response variance of selected questions from the 1991 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) administrator, school, and teacher questionnaires. Response variance measures one component of the nonsampling error in the data collected by a question, and it indicates how consistently respondents answer questions in the survey. Users should be careful interpreting data with moderate to high response variance. Samples were selected for reinterview, and response rates for the three samples were: (1) administrator, 93.5%; (2) school, 91%; and (3) teacher, 82.8%. Thirty-nine percent of the questions in the 1991 SASS showed low response variance, and overall there was no difference in response variance between public and private administrators, schools, or teachers. Questions with high response variance are identified. The results indicate that reliability of SASS questions improved from 1988, but more work needs to be done to lower response variance. Appendixes contain information on major fields of study , teaching assignment fields, and a discussion of whether mail respondents photocopied their questionnaires. Contains 29 tables. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Data Collection, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Characteristics, Interviews, National Surveys, Private Schools, Public Schools, Reliability, Responses, Tables (Data), Teachers
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: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)