Document Number: 5809School Choice in Chile: An Analysis of Parental Preferences and Search Behavior - This study provides background on the history of school choice in Chile — a nation which has offered public and private school choice since the 1980s. The report enumerates the various factors that could influence school choice, and examines the school choices made by a random sample of parents of first-graders in Santiago. While surveys of parents identifed “academic quality” as a top attribute to consider when selecting a school, the study found wide variation in test scores in schools that parents selected. Only one in four parents chose the school with the highest test scores among the schools in their choice set. In addition, nearly 90% of parents in the study were found to “only consider schools with similar student demographics in their choice sets,” leading to greater social stratification in schools. (Gregory Elacqua, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, December 2004)...
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