Parental Expectations and Planning for College: Statistical Analysis Report

ReportFamiliesApr 1 2008

The purpose of this report is to examine the characteristics associated with the educational expectations parents had for their children and the postsecondary education planning practices families and schools engaged in. The results presented in this report are based on a sample of about 6,800 students in grades 6 through 12 from the 2003 Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey (PFI) of the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES), and represent the 28,182,000 students in grades 6 through 12 in the United States in early 2003. Even though 2003 PFI data were collected from parents of students in kindergarten through grade 12, only parents of students in grades 6 through 12 were asked the types of postsecondary education questions that apply to this report.