ERIC Number: ED570199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring Arkansas's Private Education Sector. School Survey Series #6
Catt, Andrew D.
This report synthesizes information about Arkansas's private schools from two separate surveys conducted by the Friedman Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). If the Friedman Foundation survey data are representative of the state's private schools, then Arkansas's private schools have enough empty seats to increase current private school enrollment (19,756 students) by approximately 47 percent. Thus, total enrollment capacity could be reasonably estimated to exceed 29,200 seats, including those currently filled by students. The data are clear. Arkansas private schools are prepared to take on more students, but how willing are they to participate in private school choice programs, such as vouchers and education savings accounts (ESAs)? When it comes to such programs, 51 percent of respondent Arkansas private schools are familiar with vouchers, and 67 percent said they would or probably would participate in a voucher program. One quarter of respondent schools were familiar with Arkansas's first and only voucher program to date, the Succeed Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities, and 37 percent said they would or probably would participate in the program. One in four respondent private schools had heard of ESA policies, and 48 percent said they would or probably would participate in an ESA program. Appended are: (1) Response Rates Using AAPOR RR2; (2) PSS Respondent K-Terminal Schools.
Descriptors: Private Schools, Surveys, Enrollment Trends, School Choice, Educational Vouchers, Educational Policy, Geographic Location, Disabilities, Money Management, Student Financial Aid, Institutional Characteristics, Student Characteristics, Elementary Secondary Education, Standards, Tuition, Fees, Achievement Tests
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Walton Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: EdChoice
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas