ERIC Number: ED425514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Comparing Public and Private Schools: Student Survey Results. San Antonio School Choice Project.
Kemerer, Frank; Martinez, Valerie; Godwin, Kenneth; Ausbrooks, Carrie
This report is the third in a series of research reports on a 4-year study of private and public school-choice programs in San Antonio, Texas. Two choice programs are the focus of the study. The first program is the Children's Educational Opportunity Foundation, which provides partial scholarships to low-income children for use in private and out-of-district public schools. The second is a district-wide multilingual thematic public school-choice program offered by the San Antonio Independent School District. A student survey was administered to 3,440 students at 9 schools (grades 6-8) in 1993, 1,871 of whom returned usable questionnaires for a response rate of 54 percent. Response rates of the nine schools varied from 50 percent to 84 percent. The survey asked questions about school characteristics; the character of the instructional program; school climate; parent involvement; and values emphasized in the instructional program. After briefly describing the choice programs and the method of data collection, the report examines the students' responses. It compares the information obtained from students in public attendance-zone schools, public choice schools, and private schools in order to understand both the impact of the ability to choose and the impact of school type on students' education. Sample surveys are appended. (JMD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Texas Univ., Denton. Center for the Study of Education Reform.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (San Antonio)