ERIC Number: ED434145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
What Users Say about Schools and Staffing Survey Publications. Working Paper Series.
Rouk, Ullik; Weiner, Lisa; Riley, Derek
To prepare for dissemination of data from the next administration of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), scheduled to occur in school year 1999-2000, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) sponsored a review and survey of the appropriateness, usability, and accessibility of SASS publications for key customers. The first phase of the study profiled different types of publications prepared by the SASS program. The second project phase explored key customer perceptions about the usefulness and accessibility of SASS publications, and the third phase built on information from the first two phases to develop an understanding of how customers use two primary SASS publications, "Schools and Staffing in the United States: A Statistical Profile 1993-94" and "SASS by State 1993-94." Since 1994, the NCES has produced 133 documents related to the SASS. Responses were collected from 30 representatives of state education agencies and 19 individuals associated with education associations, universities, and educational research organizations. Respondents' comments indicated that the content of SASS publications is generally appropriate to their needs. They did make some suggestions for improving the usefulness of the publications. Concerns were expressed about the timeliness and periodicity of SASS data publications. An appendix contains printing and distribution information about 20 recent SASS publications. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination, National Surveys, Publications, Use Studies, User Needs (Information)
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 - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)