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ERIC Number: ED355656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation of Factors That Influence Parents' Choice of Schools for Their Children in a Midwestern Suburban School District.
Wilson, Harold E.; And Others
In September 1991, the superintendent of a midwestern suburban school district authorized a survey to investigate the factors influencing parental school or program choice. Of 900 surveys sent to equal proportions of parents of high school students, fourth- and fifth-graders, and kindergarten-aged students, 250 usable replies were returned. The survey was divided into an opinion survey and a study of parent decisions in selecting schools for their children. The majority of respondents were aware of a choice policy, but 46 percent claimed they were unaware. When asked if parents should have a choice of any school, 87 percent answered affirmatively; when asked if students from other districts should attend schools in this district, only 37 percent said "yes." When asked if they would choose another district school, only 22 percent responded affirmatively. When considering the relative importance of 12 factors used in the 1990 "Phi Delta Kappan" pool, parents chose student body grades or test scores, student body racial or ethnic composition, and proximity to home as the three most important selection factors. These results contradict the "Kappan" survey's findings concerning the primary importance of teaching staff quality, maintenance of student discipline, and curriculum. Midwestern parents' survey responses imply a difference between parents' philosophical feelings and the choices they actually make. While they want choice, they were unlikely to use it. Reasons and implications are discussed. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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