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Title:  Trends in the Use of School Choice: 1993 to 2003
Description: Opportunities for school choice in the United States have expanded since the 1990s. This report uses data from the National Household Surveys Program (NHES) to present trends that focus on the use of and users of public schools (assigned and chosen), private schools (church- and non church-related), and homeschoolers between 1993 and 2003. The percentage of students enrolled in their assigned public school decreased from 80 percent to 74 percent between 1993 and 2003, while this decrease was nearly offset by an increase in chosen public school enrollment from 11 to 15 percent between 1993 and 2003. During this same time period, enrollment in church-related private schools remained stable at 8 percent and enrollment in non church-related private schools increased from 1.6 to 2.4 percent. This report also presents data on parental perceptions of public school choice availability and associations between the public and private school types children were enrolled in and parental satisfaction with and involvement in the schools. About one-half of all students have parents who reported that public school choice was available in their community, with one-quarter of students attending assigned public schools having parents who considered enrolling them in a school other than the one they were currently attending, while 17 percent of all students and 27 percent of Black students attended a school other than their parentís first-choice school. Generally, there were no parental involvement differences detected between students enrolled in assigned and chosen public schools. Parents of students in private schools reported more direct involvement in their childrenís schools than parents of students enrolled in other types of schools.
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Cover Date: November 2006
Web Release: November 28, 2006
Print Release: Currently only available online, print version forthcoming.
Publication #: NCES 2007045
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Center/Program: NCES
Authors: Tice, P., Chapman, C., Princiotta, D., and Bielick, S.
Type of Product: Statistical Analysis Report
Survey/Program Areas: National Household Education Survey (NHES)
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Questions: For questions about the content of this Statistical Analysis Report, please contact:
Chris Chapman.
 
 
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