ERIC Number: ED424303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Definitions and Analysis of Comparative Data for the School Library Statistics Program. Technical Report.
Dickson, Gretchen; Kindel, Carrol
This report addresses the three issues of concern with national surveys expressed in the report "School Library Media Centers in the United States: 1990-91." These issues were: (1) numbers of schools with libraries; (2) levels at which these libraries are staffed; and (3) the role libraries and their staffs play in schools. Data came from various national surveys, including the Library Media Center (LMC) and Library Media Specialist (LMS) Surveys, the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), the National Public Education Financial Survey, and the Common Core of Data. The type of school, the respondent, the levels of the survey, and whether the survey was collected as sample or universe were compared. Comparison of the survey definitions to definitions for similar items on other surveys is discussed. This is followed by data comparisons for the items across the surveys. Both school and state aggregate data comparisons are shown. Estimation, imputation, and scope are examined in detail, and intersurvey item agreement and disagreement are highlighted. Areas of overlap among these surveys are reported, and suggestions are made for the improvement of the LMC and LMS surveys. These include examining schools that were out of scope for the LMC because they were out-of-scope for the SASS. Finding ways to reduce the number of nonresponse and insufficient response cases for both the LMC and LMS surveys is discussed. Collecting and tabulating data for school library volunteers should be considered to give a more accurate picture of private school libraries. (Contains 46 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)