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This paper proposes a framework for discussing the objectives and content of the next Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) in school year 1999-2000. The framework focuses on school reform and the information SASS can collect to inform the United States about school reform efforts. Major reform agenda and expert opinion are reviewed, and the issues and topics common to them are identified. These topics are classified under the two major objects of school reform: teacher capacity and school capacity. Teacher capacity is defined in terms of teacher quality, career paths, professional development, and instructional practice. School capacity is defined in terms of school organization and management, decision-making authority, curriculum and instruction, parental involvement, school safety and discipline, and school resources. Part I presents background information about the SASS and its redesign. Part 2 describes the sources of input reviewed for the redesign, and part 3 synthesizes the input around the common issues or topics. Part 4 recommends the organization of these topics under the two major reform headings, and part 5 discusses several issues of survey design and methodology. The appendix contains recommendations of the SASS Redesign Technical Review Panel. Contains a bibliography. (SLD)

Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Characteristics, National Surveys, Research Design, Research Methodology, Teacher Characteristics, Test Construction

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 400, Washington, DC 20208-5652; Tel: 202-219-1831.

Autor: Rollefson, Mary


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