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NCES Surveys

Comparing CCD, SASS, PSS, and IPEDS

  Common Core of Data (CCD) Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) Private School Universe Survey (PSS) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Sample size and design 97,00 public elementary and secondary schools; 18,000 public school districts Public, private, Bureau of Indian Affairs(BIA)/tribal school personnel, e.g. 50,000 public, 10,000 private, 700 BIA teachers 30,000 private schools Post-secondary educational institutions (academic, vocational, professional) applying or participating in federal student financial aid
Date began 1980 1985 1989 1993 (preceded by HEGIS 1966-1986)
Frequency Annual Periodic Biennial Three times/year
Documentation Data and documentation


Methods & Procedures

Data and documentation

IPEDS Data Center

Documentation ("Technical/Methodological")

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Topics Enrollment by grade and student characteristics, number of classroom teachers, state-aggregated fiscal data, school district fiscal data Teacher demand and shortage, teacher compensation, principals’ and teachers’ perceptions of school climate and problems, district hiring practices. Religious orientation; length of school year, length of school day; total enrollment (K-12); number of high school graduates, whether a school is single-sexed or coeducational and enrollment by sex; number of teachers employed Institutional characteristics, completions, twelve-month enrollment, human resources, finance, student financial aid, graduation rates