ERIC Number: ED434137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Feasibility Study of Longitudinal Design for Schools and Staffing Survey. Working Paper Series.
Baker, David P.; Levine, Roger; Han, Mei; Garet, Michael
This report summarizes tasks undertaken to assess the feasibility of a longitudinal analysis of elementary and secondary schools. The initial objective was to see if it was technically possible to analyze overlap samples of schools from the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) to produce substantive findings. Over the course of the project various other objectives were added, including an appraisal of longitudinal designs for a general study of schools and recommendations about the use of the SASS. This report contains a discussion and set of recommendations about the use of longitudinal designs for National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) data collections and reporting on schools. It is recommended that the NCES not invest in a more elaborate panel design for the study of schools because the payoff would not be great enough. The second section of the report is a description of the initial feasibility study of the use of the SASS overlap study. The study finds that it is feasible to use these data to enhance the repeated cross-sectional SASS with additional time-related information. Three appendixes contain comparisons of items on the SASS school administrator and school questionnaires and thoughts on a longitudinal survey of schools and educational reform. (Contains 2 figures, 17 tables, and 4 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Research Design, Sampling, Tables (Data)
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 - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)