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Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)

The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) is a system of related questionnaires that provide descriptive data on the context of elementary and secondary education and the condition of education in the United States. The SASS system covers a wide range of topics from teacher demand, teacher and principal characteristics, general conditions in schools, principals' and teachers' perceptions of school climate and problems in their schools, teacher compensation, district hiring and retention practices, to basic characteristics of the student population. The SASS data available in PowerStats are comprised of data collected from five SASS questionnaires: the School Questionnaire, Teacher Questionnaire, School Principal Questionnaire, School District Questionnaire, and Library Media Center Questionnaire. In addition, the School, Teacher, and School Principal questionnaires contain data for both public and private institution respondents.


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PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Data for both the SASS School Questionnaire and Private School Questionnaire are available in DataLab. Issues that can be addressed using the SASS School data include staffing patterns, characteristics of student populations, and programs and services offered.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS AND PRIVATE SCHOOL TEACHERS

Data for both the SASS Teacher Questionnaire and Private School Teacher Questionnaire are available in DataLab. Areas covered in the Teacher include but are not limited to professional background, teaching field, teaching workload, and opinions about working conditions.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND PRIVATE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS

Data for both the SASS Principal Questionnaire and Private School Principal Questionnaire are available in DataLab. The Principal data cover topics such as principals’ experience and training, hours worked, and instructional priorities.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS

SASS School District data provide information regarding topics such as district enrollment, district teacher counts, and policies regarding teacher recruitment and teacher compensation.

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LIBRARY MEDIA CENTERS

The SASS Library Media Center data offer insight into subjects such as library staffing, library collections, and library expenditures.

QUESTIONNAIRES

The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) is a system of related questionnaires that cover a wide range of topics including: teacher demand; teacher and principal characteristics; general conditions in schools; principals' and teachers' perceptions of school climate and problems in their schools; teacher compensation; district hiring and retention practices; and basic characteristics of the student population.

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UPDATES

8/21/2014

Now available in PowerStats: 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). Data from the following questionnaires are included:

  • Public and Private Schools
  • Public and Private School Teachers
  • Public and Private School Principals
  • Public School Districts
  • Public School Library Media Centers
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