Percentage of students in grades 1–12 whose parents reported having public school choice, considered other schools, reported current school was their first choice, or moved to their current neighborhood for the school, by student and household characteristics: 2003 and 2007
|Student and household characteristics||Public choice available1||Considered other schools||School was parent's first choice||Moved to neighborhood for school2|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||49||41||30||34||83||80||34||36|
|Has a disability||51||50||34||37||79||78||25||27|
|Does not have a disability||52||50||29||30||85||85||27||26|
|Parents' highest level of education6|
|Less than high school diploma or GED||54||49||21||26||81||73||22||18|
|High school diploma or GED||51||48||26||27||81||82||24||21|
|— Not available.
† Not applicable.
1 In 2007, there were 59 cases excluded from the analysis because parents reported the school as a private school when it was later found to be a public school and therefore questions about choice were not asked.
2 In 2007, only parents of students in public schools were asked whether they moved to their current neighborhood for the child's school, therefore the analysis for both 2003 and 2007 is limited to students in public schools to maintain comparability.
3 Students who attended chosen public schools were automatically coded as "yes" for whether or not their district allowed public school choice.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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), 2003; and Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the NHES, 2007.