ERIC Number: ED384096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Use of School Choice. Education Policy Issues: Statistical Perspectives.
McArthur, Edith; And Others
Since the late 1980s, school choice has become a popular education reform strategy. This document presents findings of the National Household Education Survey 1993 (NHES:93), a survey of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) that provides national data on school choice. The survey asked parents of children in grades 3-12 who were over 8 years old whether their child attended a private or a public school and whether that school was a "regularly assigned" school or a "chosen" school. The data show that in 1993, almost one-fifth of children attended schools other than their assigned public schools. Black students were more likely than white students to attend a school selected by their families (23 percent compared to 19 percent). Parents primarily gave academic reasons for selecting the schools attended by their children. Among those who chose a public school the next most important reason was convenience; among those who selected a private school it was religious/moral reasons. Overall, 80 percent of parents (assigned and chosen) had positive perceptions of their children's schools. Among those parents whose children attended private schools, over 90 percent had positive perceptions. Parents with more education and incomes were more likely to send their children to private schools; children in urban areas were more likely than students in nonurban areas to attend a public school chosen by their parents. Two tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.