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Trends in the Use of School Choice: 1993 to 2007
NCES 2010-004
April 2010


Table 4.

Percentage distribution of public school students enrolled in grades 112 in charter schools and other public schools, by student and household characteristics: 2007


Student and household characteristics Students in other public schools Students in charter schools  
Total 100 100  
       
Sex      
Male 52 54  
Female 48 46  
       
Race/ethnicity1      
White 57 36  
Black 16 28 !
Hispanic 19 30  
Asian or Pacific Islander 3 1 !
Other race 5 4 !
       
Grade level      
Grades 1–5 40 44  
Grades 6–8 25 32 !
Grades 9–12 35 24  
       
Disability status      
Has a disability 25 34  
Does not have a disability 76 66  
       
Poverty status2      
Poor 21 34  
Near-poor 20 19  
Nonpoor 59 47  
       
Parents' highest level of education3      
Less than high school diploma or GED 7 23 !
High school diploma or GED 23 11  
Some college/vocational/technical 30 31  
Bachelor's degree 21 13  
Graduate/professional school 18 22  
       
Family structure      
Two parents 71 56  
One parent 25 42  
Nonparent guardians 5 2 !
       
School type      
Public, assigned 83 19  
Public, chosen 17 81  
       
Region      
Northeast 17 20  
South 36 10  
Midwest 23 24 !
West 24 45  
       
Locale      
City 30 64  
Suburb 37 22  
Town 11 5 !
Rural 22 9 !
! Interpret data with caution; the estimates are unstable; coefficient of variation is 30 percent or more.
1 Black includes African American, Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian, and Hispanic includes Latino. The Other race category includes students who are not Hispanic, who reported their race as either “American Indian or Alaska Native” or reported more than one race. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin unless specified.
2 Poor students are defined as those with household incomes below 100 percent of the poverty threshold; near-poor students as those with household incomes from 100 through 199 percent of the poverty threshold; and nonpoor students as those with household incomes at or above 200 percent of the poverty threshold.
3 GED is General Educational Development.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES), 2007.
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