ERIC Number: ED411570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
School Choice. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Since the late 1980s, school choice has become a popular education reform strategy. Parents who select which school their child attends do so for a variety of reasons, including academic, religious, or moral environment, and convenience. Differences in the proportion of students who attend an assigned school and those who attend a school selected by their parents may reflect greater parental involvement and may increase competition among schools to attract and retain students. This brief analyzes data from the 1993 National Household Education Survey (NHES), National Center for Education Statistics, United States Department of Education. Statistics show that in 1993, 20 percent of students in grades 3-12 attended a school chosen by their parents. Eleven percent attended a public school, and 9 percent attended a private school. Black students were more likely than white students to attend a school chosen by their parents (23 compared to 19 percent). Students from families with incomes over $50,000 were more likely than students from families with incomes less than $15,000 to attend a chosen school. Finally, parents whose children were enrolled in a private school, or a chosen school, were more likely to be satisfied with certain aspects of the school than were parents whose children attended other types of schools, or an assigned public school. One table and one figure are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Extracted from "The Condition of Education, 1996."