Student Assignment Survey Results Unveiled

by Rick Howlett on January 27, 2011

A school integration expert hired by the Jefferson County Board of Education to review the system’s student assignment plan unveiled the results of a survey of JCPS parents and students Thursday.

UCLA professor Dr. Gary Orfield says a survey of more than 1,000 parents found that 69-percent of them were satisfied with their child’s school assignment and 87-percent were satisfied with the quality of their child’s education.

“I think that there’s been a perception spread around the community and the state legislature that there’s a tremendous amount of discontent with the plan in the city, and I think our survey says that’s not true among the parents and among the students,” he said.

Orfield’s survey found less satisfaction, 54-percent, regarding how well the new student assignment plan has been implemented, with particular concerns about long bus rides for some students. He says his team will study the problem and make recommendations to the board.

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Jeremy Kay January 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I appreciate the feedback from this survey. However, I would like to get a better understanding of who, where, and how individuals and family’s were sampled.

From my position I have not heard a great deal of support for this assignment plan and was a little shocked that the survey found that even 69% were satisfied with the school assignment plan.

kishere January 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm


I can speak to the adult sample. A random sample of just over 1800 JCPS parents were surveyed from a universe of 50,000 households. Certain demographics were over sampled to obtain a valid response. It was a telephone survey using contact information provided by JCPS.

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