ERIC Number: ED356551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of School Choice in Arizona 1991-92. Ed. STAT. Research and Development Division Statistical Report.
Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.
In recent years, open enrollment and school choice have been major issues in the debate over educational reform. Arizona is considering what role school choice should play in its efforts to improve education. Current state law allows school districts to enroll students from another district "upon terms such as it prescribes," but does not cover the transfer of students between schools within a district. The Arizona Department of Education conducted a survey of enrollment characteristics in the state's 221 school districts. School districts reported 10,115 inter-district student transfers and 29,971 intradistrict transfers. Statewide enrollment is 683,648. The highest intra- and inter-district transfers were reported in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. The most common reason cited for interdistrict transfers was general academics followed by proximity to home, work, or day care. Availability of specialized programs was the most common reason cited for intradistrict transfers. The ethnicity of interdistrict transfer students, both statewide and in specific districts, is different from the overall ethnic composition of the state's public school enrollment. Most district superintendents support open enrollment, and the majority of districts can accommodate additional nonresident students. Seven appendices forming the greater part of this report include the survey instrument, detailed information about the survey methods and results, and statistical tables showing effects of transfers, reasons for transfers, and actual and expected transfers out of district. (JTP)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona