ERIC Number: ED436597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
School Satisfaction: A Statistical Profile of Cities and Suburbs. ETS Leadership 2000 Series.
Carnevale, Anthony P.; Desrochers, Donna M.
This document profiles opinions on education quality in 55 of the largest cities in the United States. The findings were drawn from a survey analyzed by the Educational Testing Service in which parents were asked their opinions on the public elementary schools in their neighborhood, their views on crime and neighborhood choice, and whether education or crime was such a serious concern that they would like to move. In most cities, between 70 and 95% of households with children were satisfied with their public elementary schools, although in more than half of the cities, upwards of 16% were dissatisfied with their public schools. In most cities, poor schools would prompt only a fraction of households to move. Cities with the largest percentage of households that were dissatisfied did not necessarily have the most intense dissatisfaction. Cities in which there was the highest degree of satisfaction were also the cities with the greatest percentage of children in public schools. In nearly every city, households with children were more concerned about crime than the schools. The differences in school satisfaction between the cities and suburbs were pronounced in most metropolitan areas. However, in the suburbs, as in the cities, concerns related to crime outweighed concerns about the schools. An appendix discusses data collection and survey methodology. (SLD)
Descriptors: Crime, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Attitudes, Private Schools, Public Opinion, Satisfaction, School Choice, Surveys, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.