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Elementary and Secondary General Information System (ELSEGIS): Survey of Local Government Finances -- School Systems Census Survey, 1977-1978 (ICPSR 2253)

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This collection represents a merger of the 1977-1978 school district finance data and the 1977-1978 school district universe information. The data may contain records that are not included in both datasets, especially since in many states the finance data are for a sample of school districts. If one dataset contains records that the other does not contain, then that portion of the merged record is blank. The collection presents detailed financial data on school system finances at the school district level, including: (1) receipt by type and source, including distribution of federal funds by program, (2) expenditures by category, including current expenditures and capital outlay, (3) debt service, (4) cash and investment assets, and (5) attendance and membership data.

Series: Elementary & Secondary Education General Information Survey (ELSEGIS) Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY GENERAL INFORMATION SYSTEM (ELSEGIS): SURVEY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCES -- SCHOOL SYSTEMS CENSUS SURVEY, 1977-1978. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement [producer], 1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02253.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   administrative costs, debt, education expenditures, educational administration, educational system, elementary schools, federal aid, financial assets, financial management, high schools, investments, junior high schools, middle schools, public schools, school attendance, school districts, school enrollments, students, tax revenues, teachers

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1977--1978

Date of Collection:  

  • 1978

Universe:   All public elementary and secondary education agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia during 1977-1978.

Data Types:   census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook and data collection instrument are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. 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 on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:   inap.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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