National Survey of Private Schools, 1985-1986 (ICPSR 2396)

Published: Mar 25, 1999

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


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For this survey, a nationally representative sample of 1,700 private schools was drawn from a list of private schools in existence in 1983 in 75 areas of the country. Data were collected by mail and telephone from the principals of the sampled schools. Information was gathered on: religious orientation of the school, enrollment, grade span, staff size, tuition, programs offered, and years of operation. Additional information on existence of advanced placement (AP) programs, number of students enrolled in 12th-grade classes and number of students graduated from among them, and SAT test score results for seniors was collected from secondary schools.

United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics. National Survey of Private Schools, 1985-1986  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999-03-25.

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1985 -- 1986

1985 -- 1986

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A sample of 1,700 private schools was drawn in 1985 from a list of schools in existence in 1983 in 75 primary sampling units (PSUs). To be included in the study, a school must have met the following criteria: it was privately administered, offered instruction at or above the first grade, had a school day of at least four hours, was in session 160 days or more per year, and was not located in a private home used as a residence.

Private schools in the United States in existence in 1983.

mail surveys and telephone interviews

survey data



1999-03-25 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.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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