Survey Findings

Survey and descriptive results

  • Households take advantage of the opportunities to learn about choice that the district offers
    1. 66% of households read the school choice catalog, and 60% visited the district’s informational website
    2. Over 90% used some NHPS source to learn about the choice process
    3. Most households report considering a wide variety of schools.
  • … but households generally do not understand the details of how the placement process works or know their own admissions chances

    1. Respondents did worse than random guessing on questions that asked about the role of neighborhood priority, sibling priority, and rank order in school placement.
    2. Households are off by an average of 28 percentage points in their beliefs about admissions chances.
    3. Both “false positive” and “false negative” errors were common:
      • In roughly 10 percent of cases, households thought their child had less than a 50% of getting into a school where he/she actually was almost sure to get in (99.9% chance or higher).
      • For another 10 percent, the respondent thought their child had at least a 25% chance of admission at a school where he/she was almost sure to be rejected (0.1% chance or lower).