In 2016, SchoolSmartKC, in collaboration with Show Me KC Schools and through the support of the Kauffman Foundation as a fiscal sponsor, contracted with Hazley and Associates, LLC (H&A) and the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC) to study the parental school choice process in Kansas City.
The research team asked parents across Kansas City who live within the Kansas City Public School System (KCPSS) boundaries about their experiences navigating the school choice landscape. There are a plethora of schools in Kansas City leaving parents with the exciting yet daunting task of finding the best option. For example, the average kindergarten parent in Kansas City faces over 30 school choices. To learn about the Kansas City School choice process, the research team asked parents about information sources, driving factors, and obstacles that influenced their school choices. This report provides a summary of the findings based on 436 survey responses and focus groups with 103 parents. Read the report here.