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Table 3.  Percentage of students in kindergarten through grade 12 whose parents reported satisfaction with school characteristics and amount of homework, by selected school, student, and family characteristics: 2011–12

Characteristic Number of students in kindergarten through grade12 (thousands) Parent reports of being "very satisfied" Amount of homework assigned is "about right"1
With the school With teachers student hadthis year With academic standards of the school With order and discipline at the school With the way school staff interacts with parents
Total 52,211 59 60 59 60 52 77
School type2              
Public, assigned 40,097 56 58 56 56 49 77
Public, chosen 7,448 62 59 64 63 56 76
Private, religious 3,271 80 76 80 82 72 85
Private, nonreligious 788 82 82 84 81 78 81
School size3              
Under 300 5,878 63 66 63 64 60 81
300–599 17,361 63 66 63 64 59 80
600–999 15,655 60 61 59 60 53 77
1,000 or more 13,068 51 47 52 51 40 72
Locale of student's household4              
City 15,413 58 60 58 59 53 76
Suburban 19,718 61 60 62 63 53 78
Town 4,875 60 61 55 56 52 81
Rural 12,206 58 59 58 56 51 77
Student's sex              
Male 26,964 58 59 58 59 52 77
Female 25,247 60 60 60 60 53 78
Student's race/ethnicity              
White, non-Hispanic 26,938 62 61 62 61 54 77
Black, non-Hispanic 7,466 50 53 51 54 47 77
Hispanic 12,110 59 60 58 61 52 80
Asian or Pacific Islander,
non-Hispanic
2,871 59 57 58 60 51 75
Other, non-Hispanic5 2,827 57 57 59 59 53 75
Student's grade level6              
Kindergarten–2nd grade 13,610 70 75 68 71 66 85
3rd–5th grade 12,243 63 67 62 66 60 78
6th–8th grade 11,717 53 52 53 54 45 73
9th–12th grade 14,642 50 44 52 49 39 73
Parents' highest education level              
Less than high school 6,335 60 61 58 60 55 81
High school graduate or equivalent 10,571 55 57 57 56 48 78
Vocational/technical or some college 15,810 54 55 55 55 48 76
Bachelor's degree 11,839 64 64 64 64 57 77
Graduate or professional school 7,656 66 64 65 66 57 75
Parents' language at home7              
Both/only parent(s) speak(s) English 44,525 59 59 59 59 52 77
One of two parents speaks English 1,856 57 57 57 59 55 76
No parent speaks English 5,830 60 62 58 64 53 82
Poverty status8              
Poor 10,333 55 59 55 56 51 78
Nonpoor 41,878 60 60 60 60 53 77
1 Response options were "the amount is about right," "it's too much," or "it's too little."  This estimate pertains only to the students whose parents reported that their children did homework outside of school.
2 School type classifies the school currently attended as either public or private. Public schools are further classified according to whether the school was chosen or assigned. Private schools are also classified as being religious or nonreligious. School type also excludes 197 cases where the Common Core of Data (CCD) indicated that the school was public but the respondent indicated the student attended a private school. None of the 197 cases excluded from this variable attended charter or magnet schools as identified on the CCD.
3 Excludes 90 cases because of missing data on the Common Core of Data (CCD)/Private School Survey (PSS) data files.
4 Locale of student's household classifies the residential ZIP code into a set of four major locale categories: city, suburban, town, rural.
5 "Other, non-Hispanic" includes children who were multiracial and not of Hispanic ethnicity, or who were American Indian or Alaska Native, or who were not Hispanic, White, Black, Asian, or Pacific Islander. The different groups mentioned here are not shown separately because the sample sizes do not support stable estimates. Those reported as Asian and Pacific Islander who are not Hispanic are included in the "Asian or Pacific Islander, non- Hispanic" group.
6 Students whose parents reported the student's grade equivalent as "ungraded" were excluded from the analyses of grade level.
7 Complete descriptions of the categories for parents' language are as follows: (1) "Both parents or the only parent learned English first or currently speak(s) English in the home," (2) "One of two parents in a two-parent household learned English first or currently speaks English in the home," and (3) "No parent learned English first and both parents or the only parent currently speak(s) a non-English language in the home."
8 Students are considered poor if living in households with incomes below the poverty threshold, which is a dollar amount determined by the federal government to meet the household's needs, given its size and composition. Income is collected in categories in the survey, rather than as an exact amount, and therefore the poverty measures used in this report are approximations of poverty. Detailed information on the poverty status calculation used in this report is available in appendix B.
NOTE: Students who were homeschooled were excluded from the table. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Variables for school characteristics (school type and school size) have a certain number of missing cases owing to school nonreport; therefore, the number of students across the categories for each school variable does not sum to the total number of students.
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), 2012.
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