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Schools and Staffing Survey, 1987-1988: [United States] (ICPSR 9846)

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


This data collection consists of four integrated surveys of public and private schools, administrators, and teachers in the United States. Part 1, the Teacher Demand and Shortage Survey, presents information on student enrollment, number of teachers, position vacancies, new hires, teacher salaries and incentives, and hiring and retirement policies. Part 2, the School Administrator Survey, includes information about training, experience, professional background, and job activities of school principals and headmasters. Part 3, the School Survey, provides 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 Part 4, the Teacher Survey, 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 - Download All Files (21.075 MB)
DS2:  School Administrator Survey - Download All Files (21.051 MB)
DS3:  School Survey - Download All Files (26.448 MB)
DS4:  Teacher Survey - Download All Files (59.642 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. SCHOOLS AND STAFFING SURVEY, 1987-1988: [UNITED STATES]. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09846.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09846.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 Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This collection has machine-readable codebooks for each part. Supplemental documentation is hard copy only.


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:

  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-10-31

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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