NZCER has recently released it’s National Survey on Education.
An important sectionÂ talks about school choice:
Access to secondary schools starts with family choice. Many secondary schools have enrolment zones in place, to provide students with access to a local school. Single-sexÂ schools and integrated schools draw from wider catchments. All but 9 percent of parents say the school their child attends was their first choice of school. This is much the sameÂ proportion as in 2009 and fewer than the 16 percent who said their child was not at their first choice of school in 2006. The low proportion and the trend over time both suggest that the degree of choice in the system is sufficient for the majority of families with secondary-aged students. However, MÄori whÄnau are more likely to say their childâs school was not their first choice (14 percent), as are those attending a decile 1â2 school (18 percent). Forty percent of the 2012 parents responding chose a secondary school that was not their closest school. This is higher than the 29 percent who did so in the 2009 survey: but this difference may simply reflect the higher number of high-decile state-integrated schools in the 2012 sample. Only 13 percent of decile 1â2 school parents had chosen a school that was not their closest school, compared with 51 percent of decile 9â10 school parents. Â Read more »