ERIC Number: ED402359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
School Choice in Massachusetts. Why Parents Choose Choice.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Initial studies of school choice in Massachusetts have concentrated on the mechanics of the program, but this report examines why parents choose school choice. A survey of Massachusetts families participating in school choice was completed by 826 families (return rate of 41.8%), representing 987 choice students, or about 23.5% of the estimated school choice population of Massachusetts in the 1993-94 school year. Over 42% of respondents indicated that academics were the most important reasons for choice. Just over 50% of respondents said that a lack of resources in their home districts was one of the reasons for school choice, and about 20% called that the primary reason. Only 15% of the respondents indicated that convenience was the primary reason for arranging a choice transfer. Safety was the most commonly cited nonacademic reason, and it was especially important in urban districts. Parents generally expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the new school, and approximately 71% said that they had seen improvement in their children's academic performances as a result of school choice. Transportation remained the most difficult aspect of the program for many parents in all areas. The report also gives a history of the Massachusetts choice law and a discussion of issues facing the program. Four appendixes present the questionnaire and statistics about participating districts. (Contains one map and five charts.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Program Evaluation, School Choice, School Districts, School Safety, State Programs, Surveys, Transportation, Urban Schools
Executive Office of Education, One Ashburton Place, McCormack Building, 14th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts