ERIC Number: ED434127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Response Variance in the 1993-94 Schools and Staffing Survey: A Reinterview Report. Working Paper Series.
Bushery, John; Schreiner, Irwin; Sebron, Gene
The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) is an integrated set of surveys that has been conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 1987-88, 1990-91, and 1993-94. In each of those school years, the Census Bureau also conducted a reinterview of the administrators, schools, and teachers. This report contains the reinterview results from the 1993-94 school year. The reinterviews evaluated a subset of survey questions for response variance. Thirty-nine percent of the questions evaluated in the Teacher Survey displayed high response variance, but most questions evaluated from the school survey displayed low response variance. Almost half of the questions evaluated in the reinterview for the administrator survey displayed high response variance. Only a handful of questions from the surveys have been evaluated through reinterview, and the NCES and the Census could achieve more benefits from the reinterview program if the reinterview evaluation and survey improvement efforts were more closely linked. Suggestions are made to accomplish this linkage. An attachment contains the response variance formula. (SLD)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews, National Surveys, Research Problems, Responses, Tables (Data), Teachers, Test Interpretation
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; Tel: 202-219-1831.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)