Articles and Papers

Enrollment Management
Outreach and Engagement
School Choice
System Design

Reimagining the PreK-12 School Enrollment Experience

SchoolMint Feature
SchoolMint
FEATURED PAPER BY SCHOOLMINT: The era of students defaulting to one assigned neighborhood school is on the decline, replaced by greater empowerment and responsibility for parents to choose a school from among multiple options. As a result of this paradigm shift, the stakes associated with enrollment are increasing, and districts are taking a more expansive approach to Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM). Read this paper for a brief introduction to the "why" and "what" of SEM.
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October 19, 2017
Enrollment Management
Outreach and Engagement
School Choice
System Design

Community & Family Outreach & Support - Chapter Preview

SchoolMint Feature
SchoolMint
FEATURED PAPER BY SCHOOLMINT: Each component of a school system's enrollment management strategy is important, but the linchpin to success is the communication, outreach, and supports provided to families. A district may develop a world-class enrollment system, along with airtight policies and procedures and state of the art technology, but it will all be for naught if parents are not motivated and equipped to engage with the process. Read this chapter preview to learn more about the role of Family & Community Outreach and Support as the foundation for effective Strategic Enrollment Management.
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October 19, 2017
Enrollment Management
Outreach and Engagement
School Choice
System Design

Increasing the Demand for High-Quality Schools in Cleveland

Center for Reinventing Public Education
School choice is playing a growing role in the national education landscape, yet choice alone is not sufficient to guarantee a better education for students. CRPE's blog highlights three efforts that Cleveland has made to support families as they navigate the choice process and increase the share of students attending high-performing schools.
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May 16, 2017
School Choice
System Design
Unifying Enrollment

A Guide to Unifying Enrollment: The What, Why, and How for Those Considering It

Center for Reinventing Public Education
Well-designed unified enrollment school systems can dramatically improve the school choice experience for families and administrators. CRPE reports out on what different unified enrollment systems can look like, why they are becoming more popular, and how school and system leaders can approach the process of unifying their enrollment.
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May 16, 2017
School Choice
System Design

Bridging the District-Charter Divide to Help More Students Succeed

Center for Reinventing Public Education
In cities where hostility exists between district and charter schools, students and families are most negatively affected. Despite this animosity, leaders are beginning to realize the importance of working together for the benefit of families.
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March 10, 2017
Outreach and Engagement
School Choice
System Design
Unifying Enrollment

Give Parents School Report Cards They Can Actually Use

EdNavigator
When looking into best school options, parents are provided with basic information, such as student demographics and teacher characteristics. Although this information is important, it doesn't necessarily reflect what parents are looking for in terms of learning experience. Perhaps an informative school report card could help!
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May 18, 2016
Data and Evaluation
School Choice
System Design

Policy Brief: School Choice Architecture

Yale Law & Policy Review
School choice provides parents with the opportunity to apply their child to any school, regardless of their address. In order for school choice to be successful, more than just implementation is needed.
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March 24, 2016
Data and Evaluation
School Choice
System Design

Interactive Feature: The 2015 Education Choice and Competition Index

Brookings
55% of large school districts in the nation offer school choice. The Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI) is an interactive web application that scores large school districts based on thirteen categories of policy and practice. This data is intended to help efforts towards implementing school choice.
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February 11, 2016
Outreach and Engagement
School Choice
System Design

School Choice Isn't Real if Parents Don't Get Help

EdNavigator
Putting school choice into practice means so much more than simply implementing it. In order for school choice to be successful, it's important to understand and address the different challenges that parents are facing.
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January 13, 2016
Application and Lottery
School Choice
System Design
Unifying Enrollment

The New Orleans OneApp

EducationNext
Families in New Orleans used to be assigned to a certain school based on their home address. With the introduction of OneApp, families are now able to apply to multiple schools, regardless of location. Read and learn about how OneApp was designed and the implementation of the program.
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October 7, 2015