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Schools and Staffing Survey, 1987-1988 [United States]: Revised Version (ICPSR 2733)

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This data collection, a revised version of SCHOOLS AND STAFFING SURVEY, 1987-1988 [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 9846), consists of four integrated surveys of schools, administrators, and teachers in the United States. Information is presented separately for public and private schools in this revised version of the collection. Parts 1 and 2, the Teacher Demand and Shortage Surveys, provide information on student enrollment, number of teachers, position vacancies, new hires, teacher salaries and incentives, and hiring and retirement policies. Parts 3 and 4, the School Administrator Surveys, include information about training, experience, professional background, and job activities of school principals and headmasters. Parts 5 and 6, the School Surveys, present data on student characteristics, staffing patterns, student-teacher ratios, types of programs and services offered, length of school day and school year, graduation and college application rates, and teacher turnover rates. Questions in Parts 7 and 8, the Teacher Surveys, cover teacher education and training, teaching assignment, teaching experience, certification, teaching workload, perceptions and attitudes about teaching, job mobility, and workplace conditions.

Series: Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Teacher Demand and Shortage Survey Public School Data - Download All Files (10.4 MB)
DS2:  Teacher Demand and Shortage Survey Private School Data - Download All Files (4.9 MB)
DS3:  School Administrator Survey Public School Data - Download All Files (17.8 MB)
DS4:  School Administrator Survey Private School Data - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
DS5:  School Survey Public School Data - Download All Files (17.4 MB)
DS6:  School Survey Private School Data - Download All Files (5.7 MB)
DS7:  Teacher Survey Public School Data - Download All Files (82.4 MB)
DS8:  Teacher Survey Private School Data - Download All Files (14.7 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. SCHOOLS AND STAFFING SURVEY, 1987-1988 [UNITED STATES]: REVISED VERSION. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement [producer], 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02733.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   educational administrators, elementary education, private schools, public schools, secondary education, school enrollments, school personnel, teacher education, teacher shortages, teaching (occupation)

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1987--1988

Date of Collection:  

  • 1987--1988

Universe:   Public and private schools in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This revised version of the collection is derived from the NCES's "Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and Teacher Followup Survey (TFS) CD-ROM: Public-Use Data for 3 Cycles of SASS and TFS." This version contains created variables and supersedes ICPSR 9846. (2) The codebook and technical manual are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


Sample:   Stratified sample.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires, and telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File DOC2733.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB2733.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2000-05-01 Information about variable values has been added to the SAS and SPSS data definition statements.
  • 1999-08-18 Decimal specifications in the SPSS data definition statements for this collection have been corrected.

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