ERIC Number: ED434134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Response Variance in the 1994-95 Teacher Follow-up Survey. Working Paper Series.
Bushery, John M.; Schreiner, Irwin D.; Newman-Smith, Amy
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) sponsors the Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The TFS provides information about teacher attrition. The sample is selected from teachers who responded to the Schools and Staffing Survey in the preceding year. The Census Bureau conducted the TFS in 1988-89, 1991-92, and 1994-95. During each of these surveys, the Census Bureau reinterviewed a subsample of the respondent teachers. In 1994-95, the reinterviews focused on current teachers who had remained in teaching after participating in the SASS. The TFS reinterview measured response variance in a subset of questions from the survey. Seventy-eight percent of the questions evaluated displayed high response variance, and only 5% displayed low response variance. The most problematic questions involved allocation of teacher time. Recommendations for survey improvement center on redesign of the questions about teachers' main activity and the substitution of "yes/no" questions for "mark all that apply." Five attachments contain recommendations, response variance formulas and measures tables, a conversion table, and the reinterview questionnaire. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Elementary Secondary Education, Followup Studies, Interviews, National Surveys, Questionnaires, 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; Tel: 202-219-1831.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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)