By: Betheny Gross, The Detroit News, June 22, 2015
Betheny Gross is research director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), where she leads studies on common enrollment systems and parents’ experiences choosing schools. In this article for The Detroit News, she cite the CRPE’s analysis of the first cities in the USA to adopt common enrollment. Early evidence suggests these systems are invaluable for making school choice work for families as they result in more fair play, transparency and consistency in enrollment.
Although moving toward a common enrollment system can’t change bad schools into good schools, it can help solve any confusion parents have in regards to school eligibility for their children. Gross sites an earlier study on how Detroit parents experience choosing a school; 35% of parents reported difficulty understanding which schools their child was eligible to attend and another 25% said they couldn’t find the information needed to make an informed choice.
Without a uniform way of communicating student performance across schools, metrics around suspensions and expulsions, or any specialized programs, families end up with mostly marketing messages rather than the substantive data the really matters to them for their child’s educational options.
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