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National Survey of Private Schools, 1985-1986: Teacher Questionnaire (ICPSR 2395)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics


For this survey, a nationally representative sample of 6,299 private school teachers was drawn from a list of teachers employed in the fall of 1985 in a sample of 1,700 private schools in 75 areas of the country (see also NATIONAL SURVEY OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS, 1985-1986 [ICPSR 2396]). Data were collected from teachers by mail and telephone on topics such as salary, opinions, years of experience, educational background, and class load. Variables covering educational background include highest academic degree earned, which subject(s) their degrees were in, and further training courses taken, whether for credit, in-service training, or other training. Information on class load includes grade and subject matter taught, number of students enrolled, and whether their classrooms had teacher aides.

Series: Private School Survey (PSS) Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. NATIONAL SURVEY OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS, 1985-1986: TEACHER QUESTIONNAIRE. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [producer], 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02395.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02395.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    classroom environment, continuing education, educational background, educators, elementary education, private schools, religious affiliation, religious schools, school enrollments, school personnel, secondary education, students, teacher attitudes, teacher qualifications, teachers, teaching (occupation), tuition and fees

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985--1986

Universe:    A sample of teachers in 1,700 private schools drawn from a list of schools in existence in 1983 in 75 primary sampling units (PSUs).

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook and data collection instruments are provided 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 Website.


Data Source:

mail surveys 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:

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


Original ICPSR Release:   2000-10-18


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