ERIC Number: ED387859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Use of School Choice Educational Policy Issues. Statistical Perspectives. [Revised.]
McArthur, Edith; And Others
Since the late 1980s, school choice has become a popular education reform strategy. The National Household Education Survey 1993 (NHES:93), a survey of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), provides national data on school choice. The survey asked parents of children in grades 3-12 whether their child attended a private school or a public school that was their "regularly assigned" school or a "chosen" school. Findings indicate that in 1993, one-fifth of children attended schools other than their assigned public school. Black students were more likely than white students to attend a school selected by their families (23 percent compared to 19 percent). The primary reason cited by parents for selecting the school attended by their child (public or private) was academic. Among those who chose a public school, the most important reasons were special academic courses and convenience; among those who selected a private school, it was religious/moral reasons. Overall, over 80 percent of parents had positive perceptions of the schools their children attended. Among those parents whose children attended private schools, over 90 percent had positive perceptions. Children living in urban areas were twice as likely as children outside urban areas to be enrolled in a school chosen by their parents. Finally, parents with higher levels of education and income were more likely than other parents to place their children in private schools. Two tables are included. Contains two references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Replaces ED 384 096.