Chart of the Day: Parent Satisfaction with District, Charter, Private Schools

March 10, 2017 | MacIver News Service

The research group Education Next has released a report that surveys parent satisfaction across different types of schools, including traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools.

The survey, which is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, found that charter school parents are 13 percentage points more satisfied with expectations for student achievement than district school parents. Overall, private school parents report the highest satisfaction with expectations for student achievement, with 87 percent of respondents reporting that they are satisfied or very satisfied.

District school parents are most dissatisfied with teacher quality, instruction in character or values, and school discipline compared to private and charter school parents. District school parents also reported the highest levels of dissatisfaction with school safety.

Such results are not a new phenomenon – as MacIver News reported, despite years of efforts and billion of dollars spent, federal efforts to improve public schools through carrot and stick incentive systems often fail to have any meaningful impact on academic outcomes.

For more information, check out the interactive map at Education Next to view parent satisfaction with teacher quality, school discipline, safety, and more.

Note: The survey reports both raw and adjusted values. In this piece, we utilize the adjusted response values.