Exploring Texas's Private Education Sector
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  • Jan 23 2017

Exploring Texas’s Private Education Sector

By Drew Catt

Exploring Texas’s Private Education Sector showcases data from our eighth survey of a state’s private schools. This brief details the results of our survey of Texas private schools, including schools’ awareness of different types of educational choice programs, such as education savings accounts and tax-credit scholarships. You’ll learn whether private schools are willing to participate in educational choice programs, what reservations they have about such programs, the number of available private school seats, Texas private school tuition costs and more.

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    The majority of Texas accredited private schools would participate in an education savings account (ESA) program.

    Only 27 percent of Texas accredited private schools said they are familiar with ESAs . But once a basic definition was provided, 63 percent of schools said they would or probably would participate in an ESA program. Another 25 percent of respondent schools said they might participate.
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    Texas accredited private schools have the capacity to serve tens of thousands more students.

    The survey found that accredited private schools in Texas have at least 31,650 open seats. Projections show that there are likely 127,000 open seats for K–12 students across the private school sector. The report breaks down which cities and counties in Texas have the most open private school seats.
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    The majority of private schools who responded are already serving students with special needs.

    One common concern about school choice programs is whether private schools will serve students with special needs. This survey shows that 24 percent of students currently attending Texas accredited private schools has special needs, and 73 percent of the respondent schools currently serve students with special needs.
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    The majority of private schools who responded already administer at least one nationally norm-referenced test.

    More than nine in ten Texas accredited private schools administer a nationally norm-referenced test. Of those schools, more than three-fifths administer the Iowa Assessments.

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