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Parent's Satisfaction with Their Children's Schooling (June 2005)

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Most parents are satisfied with most measured aspects for their children's schooling. When asked about their children's schools, most parents of students with disabilities report being at least somewhat satisfied. Nearly 9 in 10 parents of 6- to 13-year-olds and 8 in 10 parents of 13 to 17-year-olds are somewhat or very satisfied with their children's schools. Similar percentages report being satisfied with their children's overall education and with their children's teachers.

Despite varying levels of dissatisfaction, few families participate in formal dispute resolution. Eleven percent of families of 13- to 17-year-olds have been through mediation, and 5% have been through a due process hearing at some time in their children's schooling careers.

Suggested Citation

Facts from OSEP's National Longitudinal Studies: Parent's Satisfaction with Their Children's Schooling (June 2005). Menlo Park, CA: SRI International. Available at