ERIC Number: ED418155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Making Data Relevant for Policy Discussions: Redesigning the School Administrator Questionnaire for the 1998-99 SASS. Working Paper Series.
Zheng, Henry Y.
As an integral part of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) the School Administrator Questionnaire has been used to collect information from public and private school administrators regarding their demographic characteristics, academic background, professional training, and attitudes toward school management issues. The NCES reviewed the direction, purposes, and uses of the SASS. As part of this review, this paper discusses the scope, uses, and possible changes to the school administrator component of the SASS from a user's point of view. An overview of the School Administrator Questionnaire is presented across the three separate SASS surveys. Next, an assessment of the current uses of the school administrator data is given, and lastly comments and suggestions for possible changes to the school administrator survey are offered. As a survey of principals, this survey has contributed to an understanding of the school administrator workforce in the United States. To extend the usefulness of the survey, a number of changes are suggested. These include: (1) keep the core items consistent but simplify overly elaborate items; (2) expand the items on inservice and preservice training and solicit information about levels of satisfaction with training; (3) request that principals rank the relative importance of a number of school activities related to their leadership roles; (4) remove items related to principals' perceptions of school problems to make room for new items; (5) retain the locus of control items; and (6) include some questions about principal licensure procedures. (Contains 2 tables and 58 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, National Surveys, Policy Formation, Principals, Questionnaires, Research Design, Test Construction, Test Items, Training, User Needs (Information)
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: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)