2021 EdChoice Share: Which Learning Settings Are Families Choosing in the States - EdChoice

2021 EdChoice Share: Which Learning Settings Are Families Choosing in the States

Participation data are reflective of the 2021 edition of The ABCs of School Choice, EdChoice’s annual compendium on private school choice programs in America. We will update this post quarterly.

It’s all great and good to talk about how many educational options families have, but are they actually choosing them?

For the fifth year in a row, we’re back to discuss Educational Choice Share (or EdChoice Share as we like to call it). This term represents the proportion of all K–12 students who are enrolled in an education savings account, school voucher or tax-credit scholarship program, whether on the state or national level.

To get this number, we divided the total number of a state’s educational choice program participants by the total number of K–12 students in the state, regardless of schooling sector. Not all program data are reported for the most recent school year, so carry-forward participation data are used for programs that don’t yet have 2020–21 data.

This post also provides a state-by-state breakdown of public district school share, charter school share, homeschool share and “out of pocket” private school share—which we describe as “by other means” or “Other Private School Share.”

Note: The charter school enrollment data are for 2017–18 and the public district school enrollment data (total public minus charter)  reflect the 2018–19 school year. The private school enrollment data* and homeschooler estimates are for 2017–18.
*New Mexico private school enrollment data did not meet the USDOE’s reporting standards in 2017–18 so we used the 2015–16 private school enrollment data instead for that state.

Why Do We Care About EdChoice Share?

Data from our 2020 national poll shows American parents—for myriad reasons—are not able to access the types of schools they would prefer for their children.

 

chart showing school type preference compared to enrollment

 

If our K–12 education system is innovating and finding ways to better serve students and their families, then—as years pass—we would expect the numbers below to begin looking more and more like the chart above.

Importantly, school closures stemming from the coronavirus pandemic caused throngs of new parents to explore educational alternatives for their children. While new private school choice data for the 2020–21 school year are still being reported as state agencies and scholarship organizations prepare for a new semester, we will be sure to monitor and report on how future enrollment changes affect the country’s and states’ EdChoice Share throughout this year.

EdChoice Share on a national level:

• 1.0 percent of students are utilizing an educational choice program

• 7.5 percent attend private school by other means

• 83.4 percent attend a public district school

• 5.5 percent attend a charter school, and

• 2.6 percent are homeschooled.

On a state level:

StateNumber of ProgramsEdChoice ShareOther Private School SharePublic District School ShareCharter School ShareHome School Share
Arizona56.7%<1%77.9%
15.5%2.6%
Florida54.9%7.1%76.4%8.9%2.7%
Wisconsin54.3%8.8%80.6%4.2%2.1%
Indiana33.9%6.7%
83.0%
3.9%
2.5%
Vermont13.7%4.9%89.1%-2.3%
Ohio52.9%8.0%
81.6%
5.8%1.6%
Maine12.7%5.7%
87.9%
1.1%
2.6%
Pennsylvania22.6%
9.6%
78.5%
6.8%
2.6%
Iowa21.9%
6.0%
89.6%<0.1%
2.5%
District of Columbia11.7%
11.1%
48.0%
37.3%
2.1%
Louisiana41.1%
14.0%
73.9%
9.4%
1.6%
Georgia21.1%
5.9%
86.1%
3.7%
3.3%
North Carolina30.8%
5.3%
80.7%
5.6%
7.6%
South Dakota10.5%
6.1%
90.3%
-3.0%
Alabama20.5%
6.9%
90.0%
<0.1%2.6%
Oklahoma20.5%
3.1%
90.0%
3.9%2.5%
South Carolina2
0.3%
5.5%
87.5%
4.1%2.6%
Illinois2
0.3%
9.2%85.0%
2.9%
2.5%
Virginia10.3%
7.0%
90.0%
<0.1%
2.6%
Rhode Island10.3%
9.8%82.0%
5.4%
2.5%
Maryland10.3%
12.4%
82.6%2.3%
2.5%
Nevada10.3%
3.7%84.9%
8.6%
2.5%
New Hampshire20.2%
12.0%83.6%
1.7%
2.5%
Utah10.2%
2.5%
84.2%
10.6%
2.5%
Mississippi30.1%
7.7%
89.3%
0.2%2.7%
Kansas1<0.1%
7.0%
89.8%
0.6%
2.5%
Arkansas1<0.1%
4.5%
86.0%5.8%
3.6%
Montana1<0.1%
5.2%
91.5%
-3.3%
Tennessee2<0.1%
7.6%
86.4%
3.4%
2.6%
Minnesota2Not Available11.1%
81.5%
5.6%
1.9%
Delaware0-13.8%
75.0%
9.4%1.8%
Hawaii0-16.6%
75.8%
5.0%2.6%
New York0-13.1%
80.0%
4.4%
2.5%
California0-8.0%
80.7%
9.0%
2.4%
Michigan0-7.6%
81.1%
8.7%
2.6%
Colorado0-4.4%
82.3%12.6%
0.7%
New Jersey0-11.1%
83.5%3.1%
2.4%
Missouri0-11.0%
84.2%2.2%
2.6%
Massachusetts0-10.0%
85.1%4.2%
0.7%
Oregon0-6.5%
85.2%5.0%3.4%
Nebraska0-12.1%
85.5%
-2.4%
Idaho0-5.0%
86.1%
6.3%
2.6%
Connecticut0-9.5%
86.3%
1.7%
2.5%
New Mexico0-5.5%
87.0%
7.4%
<0.1%
Texas0-4.8%87.2%
5.6%
2.4%
Kentucky0-9.7%87.8%
-2.5%
Alaska0-2.5%
89.9%5.1%2.5%
Washington0-6.7%
91.4%
0.2%1.7%
North Dakota0-6.2%
91.4%
-2.4%
West Virginia0-4.4%
93.1%
-2.5%
Wyoming0-1.6%
95.1%0.6%
2.7%

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