School Choice
December 6, 2015

How to Make Choosing the Right School Easier

By: Roger Altman and Robert Hughes, New York Times, December 6, 2015


The authors of this op-ed suggest four actions that can be taken to resolve conflicting data around district versus charter school academic performance in an effort to improve school choice:

  • Take a “clinical trial” approach to evaluating school performance rather than comparing standardized test scores. Failing to include student attrition data may give an inflated sense of effectiveness.
  • Introduce a unified enrollment system for both district and charter schools. Where common school enrollment has been implemented it has increased equity of opportunity, made the process more transparent and easier to navigate for parents, and provided district leaders with data on how to better manage schools.
  • Schools should be required to collect and report on data around the types of students receiving seats through lotteries, tracking categories like special education by disability, language status and previous academic performance.
  • When a student leaves a charter school, the school should be required to fill the seat with another student on the waiting list.


Read the whole article on the New York Times.

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