ERIC Number: ED434143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Collection of Resource and Expenditure Data on the Schools and Staffing Survey. Working Paper Series.
Isaacs, Julia B.; Garet, Michael S.; Sherman, Joel D.; Cullen, Andrew; Phelps, Richard
This report discusses the possibility of expanding the resource and finance data to be collected as part of the 1999-2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The proposal under consideration, which is being field tested in the fall of 1998 and winter of 1999, has two major components. The first is to collect more detailed information about staffing resources in the schools included in the SASS sample. This information would improve understanding of how schools allocate personnel resources, which account for more than 85% of expenditures at most school sites. A review of the options suggests that the data needed to conduct Resource Cost Model analyses of U.S. schools can be collected through the SASS without much increase in the burden on respondents. The second component is to gather expenditure data for individual schools in the SASS sample to permit analysis of expenditures at the school level. The analysis shows that it is possible to collect information by NCES function and object categories and to collect school-level data across a diverse array of districts. A drawback is that an instrument of the complexity needed to meet these two purposes is difficult and time consuming for the respondent. The final section of the paper discusses linking the staffing and expenditure data. Appendixes contain information about the development of the surveys and copies of the public school and private school surveys. (Contains 19 exhibits.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Field Tests, National Surveys, Personnel Management, Questionnaires, Resource Allocation, Resources, 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: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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)