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Characteristics of Public, Private, and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results From the 2007–08 Schools and Staffing Survey
NCES 2009-324
June 2009

Table B-2.    Comparisons between frame distribution and base-weighted and final-weighted respondent distributions for school teachers with an indication of potential sources of bias, by school type and survey instrument: 2007–08

Potential source of bias Base-weighted
respondent distribution
respondent distribution
Public teacher listing form    
National, locale (central city)   x
Massachusetts, enrollment (500-750 students) x  
Virginia, locale (suburban) x x
Virginia, locale (rural)   x
Private teacher listing form    
Jewish, school level (elementary) x  
Affiliation (Nonsectarian, regular)   x
Nonsectarian, regular (locale, central city) x  
Nonsectarian, regular (enrollment, 200-499 students) x  
Public teacher survey    
Wyoming, enrollment (1,000 or more students) x  
 BIE teacher survey    
  South Dakota x  
  National, enrollment (0-100 students) x  
  All other states, school level (combined)   x
Private teacher survey    
Affiliation (Catholic – Parochial and Diocesan)   x
Affiliation (Jewish) x x
Affiliation (Nonsectarian – regular)   x
National, school level (elementary and combined)   x
NOTE: x denotes comparisons that are a potential source of bias. 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), "Public School and Private School Teacher Listing Forms, Public School Teacher, BIE School Teacher, and Private School Teacher Data Files," 2007–08.