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Universe of Private Schools, 1976-1980: [United States] (ICPSR 6588)

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


This dataset, a longer version of UNIVERSE OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS, 1976-1980: CONDENSED VERSION [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 2394), consists of a four-year summary of data on private schools in the United States for 1976-1980. Information filled out by school administrators includes name and address of school, school district, type of school, lowest and highest grades taught, religious affiliation, enrollment, number of high school graduates, number of students, student/teacher ratio, and number of teachers employed. There are no data for 1979.

Series: Private School Survey (PSS) Series

Access Notes

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.


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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. UNIVERSE OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS, 1976-1980: [UNITED STATES]. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement [producer], 1981. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06588.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06588.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    elementary education, private schools, religious affiliation, religious schools, school enrollments, secondary education, students, teachers

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1976--1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976--1980

Universe:    Private schools in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook and data collection instrument are provided by ICPSR 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 on the ICPSR Website.


Sample:    Users should consult NCES publication 81-104, "Private Schools in American Education," which is included in the documentation being released with this dataset, for an explanation of the issues related to sampling.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

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:   1996-04-04

Version History:

  • 2000-09-18 SAS data definition statements were created for this data collection. Also, the data collection instrument was added to the codebook and both documents are now available as a PDF file.


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