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Description of Data Files

The 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) data are being released in 12 data files. Those data files were created from nine survey questionnaires: the School District Questionnaire, School Questionnaire (public), Private School Questionnaire, Public School Questionnaire (With District Items),1 Principal Questionnaire, Private School Principal Questionnaire, Teacher Questionnaire, Private School Teacher Questionnaire, and Library Media Center Questionnaire. Table C-1 identifies each data file and the questionnaire data used to build the file.

Public school Private school

School Questionnaire, Public School Questionnaire (With District Items) Private School Questionnaire

BIE school

Public School Questionnaire (With District Items)

Table C-1. Names of data files and the questionnaires from which the data were drawn: 2007-08

Public school principal Private school principal BIE school principal

Public school teacher Private school teacher BIE school teacher

Principal Questionnaire Private School Principal Questionnaire Principal Questionnaire

Teacher Questionnaire Private School Teacher Questionnaire Teacher Questionnaire

Data file School district

Questionnaire source School District Questionnaire, Public School Questionnaire (With District

Items)

Public school library media center BIE school library media center

Library Media Center Questionnaire Library Media Center Questionnaire

NOTE: BIE refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education that are operated by the BIE, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), 2007-08.

For the most part, there is a separate data file for each type of respondent (district, school, principal, teacher, and library media center) for each school type or sector (public, private, and BIE-funded [BIE]). There are two exceptions: 1) there are no School District files for private and BIE schools as these sectors do not have districts, per se, and 2) there is no Library Media Center data file for private schools because library media centers in private schools were not included in the 2007-08 SASS (for budget reasons). 2

The School District data file includes responses from school districts to the School District Questionnaire along with the “district items” taken from the Public School Questionnaire (With District Items) completed by the subset of public schools that were not associated with “traditional” school districts. These schools include state-run schools,

1 The School Questionnaire (With District Items) is an expanded version of the Public School Questionnaire that includes items from the School District Questionnaire. Public includes traditional public and public charter. 2

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