Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics
The 1970 Census School District Data Tape (SDDT) User's Guide was designed to complement the 1970 Census User's Guide prepared by the United States Census Bureau. The School District Data Tape (SDDT) created by the National Center for Education Statistics is a recompilation of the 1970 Census Fourth Count Population data, providing data tables for each school district in the country with 300 or more students. The preparation of the School District Data Tape required three major steps: (1) overlaying school district boundaries on census maps, (2) creating a geo-reference tape indicating the percent of each census area falling within each school district, and (3) merging the geo-reference tape with the 1970 Census Fourth Count Population Files A (Traced Areas) and B (Minor Civil Divisions). Some of the major uses of the School District Data Tape include: allocation of federal funds, desegregation planning, bilingual and minority special education planning, preschool and child care planning, facility planning, redistricting, urban-suburban-rural analyses, mobility analysis, social and economic inequality among school districts, and school children profiles. In addition to these uses, most state education agencies will find data by school district of value in allocating federal and state aid to school districts and in the evaluation of the inequality of property taxes as a basis for financing elementary and secondary education. The School District Data Tape matches, as closely as possible, the format of the Fourth Count (Population) Summary tapes supplied by the Census Bureau.
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U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. USER'S MANUAL FOR 1970 CENSUS FOURTH COUNT (POPULATION): SCHOOL DISTRICT DATA TAPE. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [producer], 1970. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. doi:10.3886/ICPSR03525.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03525.v1
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: All school districts in the United States.
Data Types: census/enumeration data
Data Collection Notes:
The codebook and data collection instrument 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 Web site.
1970 Census of Population and Housing, census maps
Original ICPSR Release: 2003-01-02
- 2004-05-28 A processing note has been added to the codebook.
- 2003-03-21 The file specifications in the study descriptions have been corrected.
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