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Research Issues

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is currently reevaluating weights developed for the teacher data in the National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) of 2015-16. Analyses suggest that the weights may be improperly inflated. Research needed to complete the reevaluation, produce updated weights, and rerelease the data will not be completed until the end of 2019. Please periodically return to the NTPS website for further updates. Please note that data on schools and principals from the 2015-16 NTPS are not affected by this process.

Selected Analytic Approaches

The NTPS is a large and extensive survey of K-12 schools, teachers, and administrators in the U.S. Therefore, the NTPS provides a multitude of opportunities for analysis and reporting on elementary and secondary educational issues. The possibilities include:

Comparisons of Subgroups of Respondents

The large NTPS sample allows extensive disaggregation of data according to the characteristics of teachers, administrators, and schools. For example, researchers can compare urban and rural settings, and the working conditions of teachers and administrators of differing demographic backgrounds.

Context for Focused Studies

The NTPS data can be very useful for researchers performing their own focused studies on populations of teachers, administrators, schools, or school districts. The NTPS can supply data at the national level that provide valuable contextual information for studies.